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FSU Leads At Georgia Tech Invite

Nov. 20, 2009


Georgia Tech Invite Meet Notes

Complete Day One Results

ATLANTA – Florida State’s swimming and diving teams got off to an excellent start at the Georgia Tech Invite on Friday. At the end of the first day of competition both teams are in first place. The women’s team leads with 337 points, while the men’s team is in first with 301.5 points.

In all 24 Seminoles competed in finals heats, 13 competed in consolation heats and six were in the bonus heats.

“We started the day off with a great prelims session which put the team in high scoring positions,” said assistant coach Katy Peterson. “The energy from the team was contagious tonight.”

On the first day the women’s team earned three first place finishes and four NCAA B-cut qualifying times.

The women kicked off the finals with a win in the 200 free relay. Stevi Steinhauer, CJ Hendry, Brittany Selts and Shanda Casella combined for a B-cut time of 1:32.09.

Jocelyn Phillips earned the team’s second B-cut of the meet with a third place finish in the 500 free (4:48.59).

The Seminoles claimed three of the top four finishes in the 200 IM. Kristine Polley earned a B-cut time of 2:01.60 for a second place finish in the race. Jessica Sabotin came in third with a time of 2:02.19 and Stephanie Sarandos followed close behind with a time of 2:03.11.

The women had a similar outcome in the 50 free with Selts finishing second with a time of 23.07, followed by Steinhauer in third (23.29) and Hendry in fourth (23.33).

Lisi Rowland’s performance on the one-meter dive was likely the biggest surprise at the meet for the Seminoles. After a seventh place finish in the preliminary round of the one-meter dive, Rowland came back in the evening to win the event with a score of 298.55.

“It felt really good to dive so well,” said Rowland. “I’ve had a rough start to the season and I was nice to see that my hard work is starting to pay off.”

Florida State earned their final victory of day one in the 400 medley relay. The combination of Sarandos, Polley, Hendry and Phillips earned a B-cut time of 3:42.61.

On the men’s side Florida State came out strong from the very first final, earning a win, and B-cut time, in the 200 free relay with the combination of Mark Weber, Andy Hodgson, Corey Swanson and Robby Hayes (1:20.92).

Ian Rowe finished second in the 500 free with B-cut time of 4:26.03.

Like the women, the men had a very strong showing in the 200 IM, with six swimmers in the finals. Robby Hayes, who had the fastest time in the preliminary race, finished second with a B-Cut of 1:47.96. Rob Holderness, who finished in fourth place, also earned a B-Cut time of 1:48.76.

Freshman Mark Weber is quickly making a name for himself. In addition to his effort on the winning 200 free relay team, he also came in second in the 50 free (20.42).

The men’s three-meter dive title proved to be a battle between Florida State’s Landon Marzullo, Terry Horner and Mike Neubacher. Marzullo finished the preliminary round in first place with Horner and Neubacher in second and third place respectively. In the finals Horner edged out Marzullo by a score of 375.35 to 370.50 to claim the victory. Neubacher finished in fourth place with a score of 352.15.

“Terry and Landon seem virtually unbeatable this year,” reflected diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. “They have been feeding off each other while enjoying having a diver of their own talent level to back them up. It’s a perfect formula for success.”

Florida State concluded the first day of the meet with a first place, B-cut, finish in the 400 medley relay. The combination of Hodgson, Scott Thacker, Corey Swanson and Hayes finished with a time of 3:14.84.

Overall the coaches were impressed with the outcome of day one.

“Seminole Diving dominated today,” Jeffrey declared. “I couldn’t have been happier with how my team handled themselves and got behind each other. There is power in numbers and it has never been more evident than today. I was particularly proud of Lisi who has had a rough start this year with some injuries.”

“We are swimming and diving great from top to bottom,” Head Coach Neil Harper stated optimistically. “Bring on tomorrow.”

Heading into the second day of the meet the women’s team has a 74-point advantage over its nearest competition, Florida. On the men’s side Florida State leads second-place Florida by 61.5 points.

Saturday’s event lineup includes the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, women’s three meter dive, men’s one meter dive and the 800 yard freestyle relay. Saturday’s preliminary races will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the finals will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The third and final day of the meet will begin Sunday at 9:00 a.m. with the finals of the 1650 free, followed by preliminary races in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform dive and 400 yard freestyle relay.

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