Dec. 4, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. – Sophomore Robby Hayes kick-started the meet for the Seminoles with a record-breaking performance on the first day of the 2008 ConocoPhillips USA Short Course National Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Hayes broke the school record in the 200 individual medley in the morning prelims with a time of 1:47.84. He bested the previous mark set by teammate Ed Denton by more than half a second. He lowered the mark to 1:47.75 with his 14th-place finish in the finals which also earned him an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
“I think we’ve put together a great meet in a short period of time,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I’m excited about Robby breaking the school record twice in one day. That is a great achievement for a sophomore.”
In the evening session the Garnet and Gold started things off with a fourth-place finish in the 200 free relay. Seniors Jarryd Botha and Ed Denton, junior Andy Hodgson and Hayes finished with a NCAA consideration time of 1:19.79. Botha led-off the relay with an NCAA consideration time in the 50 free of 19.73, which is the fastest time in the ACC this season.
“That was a goal and [Jarryd] responded well to a little bit of rest,” Harper said. “He did a nice job tonight and he had a great day.”
After a disappointing morning swim, senior Kyle Young rebounded by finishing ninth in the 500 free with his best time of the season, a NCAA consideration time of 4:20.08. Young’s time was less than a second off of his school record set in 2007. Junior Nick Graves finished 23rd after swimming a season best 4:27.44 in the prelims.
“Kyle did a great job tonight winning his heat,” Harper said. “He had a really strong swim tonight after a tough morning.”
In the 50 free Botha placed 15th (19.89) while Denton finished in 21st-place (20.28). In the last event of the day the men finished fifth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:15.20.
The FSU women had a strong showing in the relays. The Garnet and Gold finished fifth in the 200 free relay, with the team of junior Stevi Steinhauer, Shanda Casella and Kylsie Grimes and sophomore Brittany Selts finished with a time of 1:32.36. Freshman Stephanie Sarandos, senior Georgia Holderness, sophomore C.J. Hendry and junior Stevi Steinhauer finished eighth in the 400 medley relay (3:44.38).
Senior Georgia Holderness was the highest Seminole finisher on the women’s side placing 38th in the 500 free with a season best time of 4:54.92. Sophomore’s Holly Mills (4:57.29) and Jocelyn Phillips (5:05.81) placed 43rd and 57th respectively. Steinhauer turned in her best performance of the season in the 50 free touching the wall in 23.42 and placed 44th. Phillips (23.70), Grimes (23.71), Selts (23.76) and sophomore C.J. Hendry (23.80) also had season best swims in the 50 free. Freshman Jessica Sabotin turned in her best time of the year in the 200 individual medley (2:04.80) while Stephanie Sarandos touched the wall in 2:06.08.
“Stevi seems to be getting faster as she goes along,” Har;er said. “The relays looked well and I’m excited and am looking forward to tomorrow.”
Day two of the meet will begin Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., with finals starting at 6:00 p.m. For a recap on how Florida State fared at the meet log onto www.seminoles.com.