Feb. 22, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s swimming team will begin competition at the 2011 ACC Men’s Swimming Championships in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday.
“We’re excited to get to this point, because we’ve waited all season for the ACC Championships,” head coach Neil Harper said. “The men’s team has had this on their calendar for awhile and the atmosphere is always great. We’re excited to compete against Virginia, North Carolina and the rest that the ACC has to offer.”
The Garnet and Gold placed third at last year’s ACC Championships, with three swimmers earning ACC titles in individual events. The Seminoles are led this year, by defending ACC Champion in the 200 breast Rob Holderness. The senior enters the meet as the top seed in both the 100 and 200 breast. FSU travels all five seniors, Robby Hayes, Holderness, Stephen Pendleton, Ian Rowe and Matt Shead to the championships and hope to benefit from their experience.
“Rob is a quiet leader who leads by example,” Harper said. “We also have four other seniors who will lead our team and get up and swim their hearts out and try to go out with a bang.”
While there is great senior leadership, the `Noles will also be counting on contributions from five freshman. Jack Deedrick, Paul Murray, Tyler Sell, Matt Taylor and Mike Thomas will be making their first appearance at the ACC Championships. Sophomore Trice Bailey will also compete in his first ACC meet.
“When you go into the conference meet you have to understand that anything can happen,” Harper said. “When things don’t go your way the young guys have to look to the seniors for how to handle those situations.”
The meet begins on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. You can follow live results during the meet at Seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming.