Dec. 5, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. – Florida State swimmers added two more school records to an already impressive showing at the 2008 ConocoPhillips USA Short Course National Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
“It was really exciting to watch,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “The kids just got on a roll and we wanted them to swim well and they have.”
Senior Jarryd Both started the record breaking performances with in the 100 fly. The South African crushed the old record by more than half a second with a NCAA provisional time of 46.60. A day after breaking the school record in the 200 individual medley sophomore Robby Hayes swam a collegiate best in the fly (48.49).
“Jarryd made it back in the fly but didn’t want to swim,” Harper said. “I thought he had something left so we didn’t scratch him.”
Junior Andy Hodgson was next up for the Seminoles besting the 200 free school record by more than a second with a NCAA provisional time of his own in the 200 free (1:35.28) to finish 10th. Senior Kyle Young swam a 1:37.85 to take 15th.
“What you saw tonight was some guys who like to race,” Harper said. “We’ve got some gamers who love to swim against this compeition.”
In the 100 breast junior Scott Thacker swam a NCAA provisional time of 54.83 in the prelims before being disqualified in the evening session. Sophomore Rob Holderness had two personal best times, the last being 54.78 to place 12th. Sophomore Matt Shead swam a season best time of 56.73 in the 100 breast.
The Garnet and Gold finished the evening with two more NCAA provisional times in the 100 back. Botha just missed another school record with a time of 47.98 while Hodgson turned in a time of 48.30. The duo finished 11th and 14th respectively. In the relays the Seminoles finished fourth in the 200 medley relay with a NCAA provisional time of 1:28.42.
The women were paced by sophomore Jocelyn Phillips who placed 21st in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.25. Senior Georgia Holderness also earned a second swim in the 100 breast and turned in a season best performance with a time of 1:03.09. Holderness was unable to swim a night because she had to hop on a plane to swim for Great Britain at the European Championships. Seven other Seminoles turned in season best times as well. Sophomore C.J. Hendry turned in her best times of the season in the 100 back (57.25) and 100 fly (55.89). Junior Kylsie Grimes best her 200 free time by more than two seconds with a 1:53.24. Sophomore Brittany Selts touched the wall in 56.01 in 100 fly and freshman Stephanie Sarandos swam a collegiate best in the 100 back (55.72).
The final day of action at the U.S. Nationals begins Saturday 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.