March 21, 2008
Columbus, Ohio- Florida State senior Lauren Sparg became the first Seminole swimmer to break the 53 second barrier in the 100 fly as she qualified 10th at the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Sparg followed her morning performance with an overall finish of 14th at night, swimming a 53.25.
“I think she might be disapponted that she didn’t win the consol heat,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s the fastet meet in the world and I’m just excited for her being honorable mention All-American and that she finished her career in her best event in the top 16 at NCAA’s.”
In the morning swim, Sparg won her heat of the 100 butterfly with in a FSU record breaking time of 52.81. The Durban, South Africa native then waited for three more heats to finish before finding out she had earned a second-swim in the consolation finals.
“Lauren [Sparg] is usually a better swimmer at night,” Harper said. “I would expect her to have an even better performance this evening.”
Seminole diver Aleia Monden competed in the preliminary round on the three-meter board and finished 32nd. The sophomore finished 32nd on the one-meter as well with 235.70 points. Both Sparg and Monden will be back at in the pool and on the board Saturday with Sparg competing in the 200 fly and Monden on her specialty event the platform.