March 2, 2007
Freshman sensation Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) continued his stellar season by punching his ticket for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. He was joined at the Zone B Diving Championship in Athens, Ga. by five other Seminoles who competed for a trip to nationals. It was good news for the No. 7 FSU women’s squad. The NCAA released the psyche sheets for the 2007 Women’s Swimming Championship meet. Six Seminoles earned invitations in 13 individual events and four relays.
Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) garnered the most invitations with seven. Raleigh is the fifth seed in the 100-yard butterfly, 24th seed in the 50-yard freestyle and 28th seed in the 100-yard freestyle, she won the ACC title in all three events. Christie will also swim all four of the relays in which FSU received bids. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) took the 61st seed in the 50-yard freestyle, 32nd seed in the 200-yard breaststroke and the sixth seed in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) received three individual and two relay invitations. Altmann will swim the 200-yard freestyle with the 60th seed, the 100-yard backstroke with the 36th seed and the 200-yard backstroke from the 16th seed. Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) made the cut in both butterfly events. Sparg is the tenth seed in the 100-yard and the 28th seed in the 200-yard butterfly.
Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) will swim the 50-yard freestyle as the 70th seed in addition to three relays. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) received her first invitation in the 100-yard freestyle with the 76th seed.
Four relay teams will compete for the Seminoles. The 200-yard medley relay comprised of Raleigh, Brick, Sparg and King earned the seventh seed. The ninth seed in the 400-yard medley relay team of Altmann, Brick, Sparg and Raleigh. Brick, Grimes, King and Raleigh will swim the 200-yard freestyle relay as the 13th seed. The fourth and final team is the 400-yard freestyle relay team of King, Altmann, Grimes and Raleigh.
On the one-meter board, Horner scored a school record 704.90 points in his eleven dives to claim first place at the Zone B Championship. Horner will compete at the NCAA Championships which run March 15-17 in Minneapolis, Minn. Freshman Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished 18th and dove in the finals. He compiled a total score of 545.55 in his eleven dives. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) failed to make the finals and finished in 19th. His six dive total of 268.00 was a tenth of a point shy of putting him in the final 18 divers. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) scored 241.25 en route to a 32nd place finish in the first round.
Two Seminole women dove off the three-meter board. Freshman Aleia Monden (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored 239.55 in the first round to finish in 24th place. Fellow freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) scored 235.25 points to get the 28th place.
The men and women will switch boards for Saturday’s competition which begins at noon. The third and final day will host the platform diving competition which will start at 10:00 a.m. The top eight men and top eleven women in each event at each zone advance to the NCAA meet. The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. The women’s meet runs March 8-10 while the men’s meet runs March 15-17.