Feb. 20, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships came to an end on Saturday as Florida State’s team earned a third place finish with 545 points. The winner of this year’s meet was Virginia with 877.5 points and North Carolina came in second with 642.5 points. Highlights on the last day of the meet from UNC’s Koury Natatorium included Charlotte Broadbent and Stephanie Sarandos setting new school records and the Seminoles earning four more All-ACC honors.
“Overall I could not be more proud of how our team preformed this week,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “Everyone on the team pulled together to put their best effort forward. We had contributions from the top to the bottom, seniors to the freshman, swimmers to the divers. Our underclassmen did a phenomenal job and it’s certainly a positive sign of things to come in the future.”
In the 1650 free sophomore Charlotte Broadbent smashed the previous Florida State record and claimed the first All-ACC honors of her career. As the first individual Seminole swimmer to medal in the meet Broadbent finished with a time of 16:16.44, over 20 seconds faster than the previous time of 16:36.90 set by freshman Marissa Harrington earlier this season. Although Broadbent now claims the top spot in the record books she was not the only Seminole to beat the old record. Harrington finished the race in fourth place, less than a second behind Broadbent with a personal best of 16:16:65. Freshman Caroline Smith earned a 13th place finish with a time of 16:34.86 now the third fastest time in Florida State history.
“Charlotte was a great surprise today,” Harper said. “She surprised everyone, even herself with her tremendous strength and speed. We continue to be impressed by Marissa, as a freshman to set the school record early in her collegiate career and then beat it by 20 seconds shows immense growth and potential looking towards the future. And I cannot say enough about Caroline Smith, she set a new record yesterday and beat the previous record in this event today, she’s accomplished so much already early in her collegiate career.”
In the 200 back, sophomore Stephanie Sarandos reset her previous career and school record twice on Saturday on her way to a third place finish. In the prelims Sarandos finished in a time of 1:54.89, then in the finals she pushed even harder and her time of 1:54.14 garnered her the second All-ACC honor of her career.
“Stephanie continues to impress us and she is a tremendous athlete,” Harper said. “She only gets better and better every time she competes and we’re so pleased she was able to break through and get a medal in this meet.”
Freshman Kristine Polley reached the first A-final of her career, and third conference finals overall, after qualifying in the 200 breast. She finished eighth in the finals with a time of 2:16.19. Fellow freshman Jamie Barrett and sophomore Jessica Sabotin qualified for the consolation finals based on their prelim results, and finished 11th and 15th in the event, respectively.
Two Seminoles reached the finals in the 200 fly, as C.J. Hendry and Tiffany Elias earned fifth and seventh place finishes, respectively. Although they did not reach the medal stand both turned in career bests in the prelims, with Hendry’s time of 1:59.06 and Elias’s time of 1:59.85 now the second and third fastest times in Florida State history, respectively.
In the final event at Koury Natatorium Florida State tied it’s career best time in the 400 free relay. Holly Mills, Hendry, Stevi Steinhauer and Jocelyn Phillips clocked in at 3:19.90 to take fourth place in the event.
The women’s and men’s diving competitions also concluded today with the final events, the platform dive at nearby Duke University’s Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. Similar to the previous two days Florida State placed at least one diver on the medal stand in each event and at least four men and four earned team points.
On the women’s side Aleia Monden earned the first All-ACC honors of her career with a second place finish. Monden’s score of 306.05 is a new personal record and her silver medal is the highest award earned by a Seminole woman in this year’s championships. In addition to Monden, three other Seminole divers scored in the event. Jaq Schroeder, Katherine Adham and Elysse Rowland came in fourth, fifth and 12th respectively.
In the men’s platform event, junior Mike Neubacher earned a third place finish with a score of 381.15. In addition to Neubacher, four other Seminole men earned team points in the event. Landon Marzullo came in fifth place while Terry Horner, Nick Klein and Jordan Horsley came in ninth, 10th and 11th place, respectively.
The Florida State women’s and men’s diving squads were a dominating force at this year’s ACC meet. The Seminoles earned at least one top three finish in all six events and earned team points 28 times out of a possible 34 opportunities. The men’s diving squad earned team points 14 out of a possible 18 times for a total score of 155. The women’s diving squad earned team points 14 out of a possible 16 times for a total score of 167. In addition to Monden and Neubacher’s honors Saturday, Terry Horner won gold in the men’s three-meter and silver in the men’s one-meter, Marzullo took third in the men’s one meter. Adham won bronze in the women’s one-meter, and Katie Sirounis earned bronze in the women’s three-meter this week.
Heading into next weeks men’s ACC Championships Florida State is in the lead with 155 points, followed by Duke with 86 points and Virginia Tech is in third place with 83 points following the diving events.
Florida State Top Finishes
1st: Men’s three-meter dive- Terry Horner 458.40
2nd: Men’s one-meter dive- Terry Horner 431.70
2nd: Women’s platform dive- Aleia Monden 306.05
3rd: Women’s one-meter dive- Katherine Adham 308.95
3rd: Men’s one-meter dive- Landon Marzullo 421.45
3rd: Women’s three-meter dive- Katie Sirounis 312.90
3rd: Men’s platform dive- Mike Neubacher 328.20
3rd: 800 free relay- Holly Mills, C.J. Hendry, Stephanie Sarandos, Jocelyn Phillips 7:10.13
3rd: 400 medley relay- Stephanie Sarandos, Kristine Polley, C.J. Hendry, Jocelyn Phillips 3:41.35
3rd: 1650 free- Charlotte Broadbent 16:16.44
3rd: 200 back- Stephanie Sarandos 1:54.14
New Florida State Women’s Records
100 Back– Stephanie Sarandos 54.71
200 Back-Stephanie Sarandos 1:54.14
500 Free– Caroline Smith 4:45.69
1650 Free– Charlotte Broadbent 16:16.44
800 Free Relay– Holly Mills, C.J. Hendry, Stephanie Sarandos, Jocelyn Phillips 7:10.13
400 Free Relay (tied previous record)- Holly Mills, C.J. Hendry, Stevi Steinhauer, Jocelyn Phillips 3:19.90
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