Feb. 14, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C. –
Florida State Swimming and Diving began the 2007 Women’s ACC Championships with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay and a fourth place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team lies in second place only two points back of North Carolina.
Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) swam a blistering fast anchor leg time of 22.66 seconds to punch a ticket for the NCAA Championships in the 200-yard medley relay. The team’s time of 1:39.20 was an NCAA automatic qualifying time, UNC pool record time and the second fastest in ACC Championship history. Sophomore Christie Raleigh, (Tom’s River, N.J) senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) rounded out the team that is headed to Minneapolis. The ACC Championship marks the seventh title of Raleigh’s career. Brick earned her sixth ACC gold medal, Sparg and King each won thier second career titles.
In the opening event of the meet, the Seminoles finished fourth in the 800-yard freestyle with an NCAA “B” cut time of 17:21.09. Bad luck struck as senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) lost her goggles as she swam the second leg of the race. Freshman Kylsie Grimes, (Hartland, Wisc.) junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) and sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) filled out the team. Top honors went to host North Carolina.
“The 800-freestyle relay was a mixed bag,” commented Head Coach Neil Harper. “Kylsie went out and had a good swim, then Romy lost her goggles in the race and that was upsetting for her. I think it was difficult for us in race strategy to get back into it, but our team is strong and the rest of the team rallied together for the next relay. To finish like that with a pool record, NCAA automatic qualifying time was a good way to finish. To be in second place is good, and now we look forward to starting the rest of the meet.”
With 72 points, the Seminoles are only two points behind first place host North Carolina. Florida State holds a six-point margin over third place Virginia with two events complete. Competition continues at North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium with preliminary events on Thursday February 15 at 10:00 a.m. Finals begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.