Feb. 25, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The second day of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming Championships concluded Thursday night with the Florida State men’s team in third place with 189 points. Highlights from University of North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium included junior Robby Hayes setting a new school record in the 200 IM.
In the first event of the day, the 500 free, Florida State failed to reach the “A” final. Junior Ian Rowe and senior Nick Graves, narrowly missed the top eight cut with their ninth and tenth place respective finishes. In the finals both Rowe and Graves earned season best times. Rowe finished first in the consolation final and ninth overall with a time of 4:24.08. Graves finished third in the consolation final and eleventh overall with a time of 4:24.57.
Robby Hayes was the first Seminole to reach the top finals after his fourth place finish in the 200 IM prelims with a time of 1:46.84. In the finals Hayes missed the podium by 00.04 seconds, but set a new school record with his fourth place time of 1:46.49. Rob Holderness qualified for the consolation final and finished 12th overall with a time of 1:48.19.
The 50 free saw only one Seminole, freshman Mark Weber, qualified for the consolation final. Weber came in 12th in the prelims with a personal best time of 20.32. In the finals Weber fell to 16th overall with a time of 20.67. The final event of the evening was the 200 free relay.
In addition to the men’s swimming events, results from last week’s men’s one-meter dive were added to the team scores. Florida State earned 56 team points in the event, as four Seminoles finished in the top eight. Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo earned All-ACC honors for their second and third place respective finishes. Juniors Jordan Horsley and Mike Neubacher earned seventh and eighth place finishes, respectively.
”Today was a slow day,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “It wasn’t one of our better days, but there were some bright spots. Obviously Robby Hayes did a great job with the new school record, and just missed medaling. We had a few youngsters perform well, particularly Mark Weber. Mark is still learning and had a few mistakes in the 50 final but he had a great anchor leg for us in the relay tonight. We’re just glad to get today out of the way and looking forward to our stronger events tomorrow and Saturday and closing in on Virginia and North Carolina.”
At the end of day two Virginia leads the men’s team standings with 266 points, followed by UNC with 221, Florida State with 189 and Clemson with 138 points.
Tomorrow the men return to the pool with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and the 400 medley relay. Results from the men’s three meter dive will also be added to the team scores.
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