Oct. 28, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State No. 17 men’s and No. 21 women’s swimming and diving teams remained unbeaten on the season after their home meet on Friday, October 28, 2005. The men defeated Louisiana State 139-99 and improved their record to 4-0, while the women topped LSU 126-92 and Florida International 165-66 to up their record to 5-0.
“For us to go against an SEC school that a couple weeks ago went against national champions Auburn and did well had us expecting a rough meet,” said head coach Neil Harper. “They came in and gave us some good races. I think our kids were ready. We had already done our first meet on the road and this was our first big home meet. I think the kids were excited with all of their family, friends and fans in the stands.”
The meet got under way as the women’s team 200 medley relay team of freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla. / Ft. Lauderdal Pine Crest), junior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va. / Culpeper County), sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa / Westville Girls’ High) and sophomore Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine / Brunswick) won the event with a time of 1:43.31. Their time was also the fastest time recorded by an ACC team this season.
The men’s 200 medley relay team of sophomore Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands / Millfield School), sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga. / Sandy Creek), senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park) and junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla. / Eagle Lake Lake Region) also won the event and their time of 1:31.94 was the fastest time for an ACC team this season.
“A lot of people stood out,” said Harper. “I think everyone elevated their game and set the tone for the rest of the year.”
Florida State swept both 3M diving events as junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla. / Lake Highland) took first place for the women with 299.85 points and freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas / Colleyville Heritage) finished in first for the men with 318.98 points. Lerew took third on the 1M with 241.60 points while sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla. / Seminole Osceola) had the men’s team best finish taking second place with 286.45 points.
Sophomore Lindsay Kenney (Palno, Texas / Senior) finished in first place for the Seminoles in the 200 free (1:52.09) and the 500 free (5:01.93). Raleigh won the 50 free and her time of 23.24 was the seventh fastest time in FSU history and also a NCAA B qualifying time. Freshman Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va. / Vinton (Va.) William Boyd) recorded two of the meets fastest times as she won the 200 IM (2:07.20) and then finished in first in the 200 breast, which she swam in as an exhibition. Her time of 2:19.34 in the 200 breast was the tenth best time in Seminole history. Senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla. /Durant/Virginia) claimed another win for FSU as she took first place in the 100 free with a time of 50.33. Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa / German International School) continued her dominance in the 200 back as she finished in first place with a time of 2:01.85.
Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio / Central Catholic) picked up two wins for the Seminoles, as he took first in the 500 free (9:22.40) and the 1000 free (4:32.02). Powell recorded the ninth fastest 200 fly (1:50.25) in FSU history. Denton finished in first place in the 200 free (1:41.52) while Roycik picked up a win in the 100 free (45.52). Florida State continued to win events as sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa / St. Albans College/Wyoming) took the 200 back in 1:49.95. Junior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla. / Bay) had an impressive performance as he swam the 200 breast as an exhibition and had the meets fastest time of 2:05.69.
“They are pushing each other really hard and they believe in what they are doing,” said Harper. “So from top to bottom it is working.”
Swimming in exhibition, FSU women’s 200 free relay of King, Sprag, Raleigh and Ellis registered a time of 1:33.79, which was the fastest in the event and also the fastest in the ACC so far this season. Also swimming in exhibition, the men’s 200 free relay of Roycik, sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa / Paul Roos Gymnasium), Kennon and Denton closed out the meet recording the events fastest time of 1:22.92 and the fastest in the ACC this season.
“We sort of delayed the start of our meets this year so that we could get even harder training in,” said Harper. “It is a credit to them because they are more tried then they have ever been. They are getting up and racing with it so they are real confident. To go up against an SEC school like LSU and have the results that we did was great.”
There were 455 people in attendance at the Bobby E. Leach Center for the Seminoles first home meet of the 2005-06 season.
The Seminoles will be back in action on Friday, November 11, 2005 when they will travel to Savannah, Ga. to take on Savannah College (M&W) and the University of New Orleans (W) at 3:00 p.m. The following day on Saturday, November 12, 2005 the Seminoles will travel to compete against conference rival Clemson at 11:00 a.m.