September 30, 2005 - by
Both Garnet Teams Prevail in Annual Swimming and Diving Garnet & Gold Meet

Sept. 30, 2005

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team held their annual Garnet and Gold meet on Friday, September 30, 2005 at the Leach Center pool. The Garnet team prevailed in both meets as the men’s team won 97-94 and the women’s squad was victorious 100-94.

“We have been working hard now for a month and for them to finally go some good distances and for them to compete against each other in a garnet and gold situation was good,” said head coach Neil Harper. “For us to have the alumni back competing and doing relays against them, I think that was fun and a good incentive for them, just being in the same pool as some of those world class swimmers.”

Senior captain Carrie Ellis (Valrico, FL/ Durant Virginia) led the garnet team to victory as she captured two event titles. Ellis claimed her first win in the 50 free in a time of 23.69, followed up by a win in the 100 free with a time of 52.26. Two more members of the garnet team claimed meet titles as sophomore Lindsay Kenney (Plano, TX/ Senior) took the 200 fly title with a time of 2:09.19 and freshman Cameron Russell (Alcoa, TN/ Maryville) won the 500 free with a time of 5:11.42.

The Gold team got out to a fast start as Freshman Meredith Martelle (Oviedo, FL/ Oviedo) won the meet’s opening event, 1000 free, with a time of 10:38.77 for the Gold team. Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa/ German International School) recorded two meet wins for the Gold team. In her first event, the 200 free, she finished with a time of 1:54.02, which was good for first place. She followed that up with another win in the 200 back, as she swam a time of 2:07.14. Freshman Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, WV/ Vinton (VA) William Boyd) also claimed two meet titles for the Gold team as she won the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.82 and the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.99.

“It was just a fun atmosphere,” said Harper. “We tried to test them and go through the order quickly to make them uncomfortable. We basically cut some time out just to put them under some stress and pressure.”

Sophomore Carl Marias (Pretoria, South Africa/ St. Albans College) claimed the Garnet team’s first meet win as he took the 200 free with a time of 1:42.74 and then followed that up with another win in the 200 back with a time of 1:52.85. Three time All-ACC selection senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, FL/ Winter Park) claimed two meet titles himself as he won the 50 free with a time of 21.62 and the 100 free with a time of 46.88. Sophomore Ian Powell (Guemsey, Channel Islands/ Millfield School) took the title in the 200 fly for the garnet team.

The Gold team captured three meet titles with junior Steve Roof (Canton, OH/ Central Catholic) taking two of them himself. Roof won the 1000 free in a time of 9:36.46 and then claimed first place in the 500 free with a time of 4:38.02

In diving, junior captain Brittany Lerew (Orlando, FL/ Lake Highland) finished with 262 points for the garnet team and freshman Carissa Hanna (Churchville, PA/ Newtown Council Rock South) finished with 230.5 points for the Gold team. On the men’s side sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, FL/ Seminole Osceola) finished in first overall for the Gold team with 284.5 points. Close behind was senior Jason Beinlich (Ridley, PA/ Ridley) of the garnet team with 267 points.

“There were some good results with lots of people really working hard,” said Harper. “I am never disappointed with slow swims when I know people are throwing themselves against the wall and giving everything they have. In terms of practice and training their efforts are right were they need to be.”

The Seminoles’ first regular season meet will be October 21-22 against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Maryland in College Park, MD. Their home opener will be held on Friday, October 28, at 3:00 p.m. against LSU and Florida International (women only).

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