Feb. 13, 2007
The Match Up
The Seminole Swimming and Diving Team begins postseason competition with the Women’s ACC Swimming Championships and the Men’s and Women’s ACC Diving Championships. The Swimming Championships will take place on the campus of the University of North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium. The Diving Championships will be held concurrently at the Koury Natatorium, with the platform diving event being held at Duke University’s Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion on Saturday, February 17th. Both events run from February 14-17.
The last meet produced mixed results as the Seminoles defeated Indian River Community College on Friday, January 26, but the next day (Saturday, January 27) the Seminoles lost to defending national champion Auburn.
The IRCC victories came via a 132-106 score-line in men’s competition and 153-80 in the women’s meet. The women’s team was paced by sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) who won her first two events of the season by taking top honors in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley with times of 1:52.29 and 4:25.93. The defending national champion Auburn Tigers entered Tallahassee with the second ranked women’s team and third ranked men’s team. The seventh ranked FSU women’s team fell by a score of 129-112 in their first loss of the season. The men’s 15th ranked men’s squad fell by a 133-108 margin. The women’s team was led by sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) who won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events in NCAA “B” cut times of 22.83 and 50.27. Raleigh also took a third win as she swam the leadoff leg in the 200-yard medley relay which placed first in an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:41.49.
Last Year at the ACC Championships
The 2006 Women’s ACC Championships was a record breaking meet for the Seminoles. Six individual champions, four relay championships, seven All-ACC finishers and last but not least, the first ACC team championship were added to the garnet and gold’s mantle. Then freshman Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) along with current seniors Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) and Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. 2006 ACC Rookie-of-the-year Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly to cement the honor. Then senior and current graduate assistant coach Carrie Ellis closed out her career by taking top honors in the 100-yard freestyle.
Watch the ACCtion on ACC Select
For the first time the ACC will be providing live streaming video of the 2007 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships. The webcasts will show the finals and award ceremonies each night beginning at 7:00 p.m. The platform diving event will also be broadcast begining at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17th.
ACC and National Honors for Brick
Following the 168-138 victory over Florida, senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) received the Women’s National Swimmer of the Week award from collegeswimming.com. In addition, Brick received her third consecutive ACC Performer of the Week honor. Combining the three performer of the Week honors with the one earned last year gives Brick the distinction of being the only Seminole to earn four honors in their career.
Raleigh Backs Up ACC Freshman of the Year Honors
Last season when the ACC coaches voted current sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) as the top newcomer, they saw something special. Raleigh backed up the honor by winning the performer of the week award three straight times to begin the 2006-2007 season. Entering the ACC Championships, Christie is poised at the top of the conference in the 50 and 100-yard Freestyle. If she wins both events, she would become the first Seminole woman to win multiple events at ACC Championships in consecutive seasons. Raleigh is only three wins shy of becoming the most decorated female Seminole at the ACC Championships. Chelsea Lerew currently holds the distinction; between 2001 and 2003 she won five championships in diving.
Horner Makes a Name for Himself
Freshman sensation Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) earned his first ACC Performer of the Week by setting a school record in the three meter diving event and winning both the one and three meter diving events in the meet against UNC-Wilmington. The POW honor is just the second such award to be given to a FSU diver since the award’s inception in 2001. Horner set a new school record in the three-meter event with a score of 401.65, surpassing Luis Gagnet’s 2003 record. Horner’s score of 379.50 in the one-meter was just shy of junior Alex Tillbrook’s (Largo, Fla.) 2006 mark of 380.5.
Top Times in the ACC
Florida State’s men currently hold the top spot in the conference in 10 of the 21 events. This is by far the most for any school in the conference. The women’s team holds seven top slots; this ties the Seminoles with Virginia who also holds seven event leads.
The next meet for the Florida State women’s swimming team is the NCAA Championships. The qualifying swimmers will compete from March 8th through the 11th in Minneapolis Minn. Florida State diving will next compete at the Zone B Diving Championships, March 2-4 in Athens, Georgia.