Feb. 17, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C. –
Florida State swimming and diving finished second at the 2007 women’s ACC Championships. The Seminoles scored 642.5 points in the runner up-finish to host North Carolina. At the meet, Seminole swimmers won eight gold medals, and claimed All-ACC honors six times. Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) earned the ACC Top Swimmer honors.
“I think it’s a well deserved award,” commented Head Coach Neil Harper on the performance of Raleigh. Anyone that steps up and wins three individual events and two relay golds is deserving. A couple of “A” cuts is very valuable. Our team was just great and for her to lead the way that she did was just outstanding.”
In the 200-yard freestyle, Raleigh took top marks with an NCAA “B” cut time of 49.46. The title is her fifth of the meet and eleventh of her career, which ties her for the School record of Emma Dutton. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) touched the wall in 51.24 to claim thirteenth place. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) took fifteenth place with a time of 51.68.
Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) took her second consecutive 200-yard backstroke title with a NCAA “A” cut time of 1:57.08. With the title, Altmann sweeps the backstroke events giving the South African national three gold medals in the meet, and five in her career. Junior Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) finished eighth in the final with a time of 2:01.76.
“One of the things I was most proud of was that we didn’t quit,” commented coach Harper. “It’s always the unknown, but these kids never quit, they supported each other, they cheered for each other. They gave it their all.
Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) earned the silver medal All-ACC honors in the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:59.47. Junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) claimed All-ACC honors in her bronze medal performance in an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:00.46. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Pheonix, Ariz.) finished eighth with a time of 2:06.34.
Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) claimed All-ACC honors with a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a NCAA “B” cut time of 2:15.51. Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) claimed fifth with a time of 2:16.26. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) finished sixth with a time of 2:16.81. Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) took the tenth position via the consolation final with a time of 2:19.58. Freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) took the 12th place with a time of 2:18.38.
The team of King, Grimes, Altmann and Raleigh took the bronze medal in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team clocked in with an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:22.32 in the closing event of the night
Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.)finished ninth with a time of 16:50.84 in the 1650-yard freestyle. The other entry for the Seminoles in the event was sophomore Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) who clocked in with a time of 17:11.37. Her time was good for 18th place.
“We gave ourselves an excellent opportunity,” added coach Harper. “By far we were the team with the most swimmers in the finals tonight, and we had the opportunity to claw back. I was proud of our team, I gotta hand it to them that they didn’t quit. FSU scored almost a hundred more points than last year. We did what we were supposed to do. Sometimes you can’t control what other teams do.”
The next event for the women’s swimming and diving team is NCAA Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn. The event will run March 8-10. The men’s team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Tuesday February 20 for the ACC Championships which begin the following day. The four day championship meet runs through the 24th. It will be held at North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium.