March 1, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- Florida State will begin the final evening of the ACC Championships in third-place, 25 points behind second-place North Carolina. FSU put seven swimmers into evening swims giving the Seminoles a chance to take home second.
Florida State put three qualifiers into the evening swims in the 200 breaststroke. Freshman Rob Holderness is the highest seeded Seminole winning his heat and earning the fifth seed (2:00.81). Sophomore Scott Thacker will be seeded 11th (2:02.32) and freshman Matt Shead will start the evening in 15th position (2:03.68).
Senior Ian Powell made the biggest statement of the morning for the Seminoles taking more than two-and-a-half seconds of his seed time in the 200 fly to qualify fourth in a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:47.17.
After finishing second in the 50 free, junior Scott Baker will be seeded third heading into the 100 free finals. Baker clocked in with a season best 44.03 in the morning and sophomore Robby Hayes made the consolation finals in the 15th position swimming a 45.26.
In the 200 backstroke freshman Ian Rowe snuck into the consolation finals with a 16th place finish touching the wall in a personal best time of 1:49.35.
The final evening of the 2008 ACC Championships will begin Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. as the Seminoles compete for points in the 1650 free, the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. You can watch the Seminoles compete by logging onto www.accselect.com and for meet results visit www.seminoles.com.