October 19, 2006 - by
FSU Women’s Swimming & Diving Heads to SMU Women’s Classic

Oct. 19, 2006

The Match Up

The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Dallas, Texas to compete in the SMU Women’s Classic on Fri-Sat., Oct. 20-21.  The meet will take place in Perkins Natatorium and begin each night at 8:30 p.m. EST.  Along with Florida State and SMU the meet will feature Alabama, LSU, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech.


All-Time Team Records

Although the SMU Women’s Classic is a tournament FSU has had some recent success against some of their opponents in dual meet competitions.  Florida State is 3-0 all-time against Virginia Tech, 7-7 versus Alabama and 7-13 when facing LSU; however FSU is 5-0 since the 2000-01 season when facing the Tigers.  Florida State has never faced SMU or Wisconsin in a dual meet.


Last Meet

The Seminoles opened up their season with a dual meet win over Clemson 179-116.  Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the Seminoles as she recorded two individual event wins in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 free (50.72). Both times were NCAA “B” cut times. Freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) also won two events taking both the 1M (263.78) and 3M (274.88) diving events.  Also winning events for the Seminoles were senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) (100 breast), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) (100 fly), sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.) (200 breast) and freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) (200 fly) and Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) (200 free).


Raleigh Earns Performer of the Week

Raleigh, the 2006 ACC Freshman of the Year, picked up right where she left off during the Seminoles’ home opener against Clemson.  Raleigh‘s impressive performance, which featured three wins, earned her the first ACC Performer of the Week honor this season.  Her 50 free (23.03), 100 free (50.72) and 50 back (26.40) times rank as the fastest in the ACC through the first two weeks of the season.  Not only does she have the fastest times in those events but she is the only student-athlete to have recorded NCAA “B” cuts in the 50 and 100 free so far this season.


Freshmen Rank among the Top Divers in the ACC

After just one competition so far this season for Florida State, a pair of freshman divers sit one and two in the ACC in 1M diving.  Monden has recorded the highest score to date of 263.78 and is followed closely behind by classmate Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.), who has the league’s second highest score of 253.58.  Both divers are also near the top of the list on the 3M as Monden sits third (274.88) and Sirounis is seventh (251.10).


Fastest in the ACC

Raleigh, who holds three of the ACC’s fastest times, is joined at the top of the conference ranks by several teammates.  Sparg is the league leader in the 100 fly with a time of 56.24 while Elias holds the fastest time in the 200 fly of 2:02.34.  Ranking second in events are Elias in the 100 fly (56.25), Cipoletti in the 200 breast (2:19.48), Grimes in the 200 free (1:51.58), Brick is second in 100 breast (1:03.35), sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) in the 200 IM and senior Romy Altmann (Capetown, South Africa) in the 100 back (56.64).

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