Feb. 24, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – Robby Hayes earned a spot on the podium and the Florida State men’s swimming and diving team moved up two positions in the standings at the 2011 Men’s ACC Swimming Championships. The Seminoles are in second-place with 199.5 points, 3.5 points ahead of North Carolina.
“Moving up to second-place helped put some extra pep in our step,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Now we have to be a great team in the morning so we can earns spots in finals to earn points.”
Senior Robby Hayes earned his first All-ACC honors of his career with a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Hayes once again broke is own school record with a time of 1:45.81. Senior Rob Holderness placed eighth for the `Noles with a time of 1:47.97. Freshman Mike Thomas earned a personal best time with a 20th-place showing in a time of 1:50.71.
“I was very pleased with the 200 IMer’s,” Harper said. “Robby once again broke his own school record and when you’re seeded first and you go a best time that usually means you win, but there were some great swims tonight and I was happy for Robby.”
Hayes finished his evening by leading-off the 200 free relay that placed fourth. The Alpharetta, Ga., native along with sophomores Mark Weber and Trice Bailey and senior Matt Shead touched the wall in a time of 1:18.93.
Senior Ian Rowe turned in a seventh-place performance in the 500 free (4:23.89), while senior Stephen Pendleton won the bonus consolation heat (4:25.19) to take 17th and freshman Tyler Sell finished second (4:28.05) to get 18th.
“I thought the night got started well with Stephen Pendleton taking three second off his morning swim,” Harper said. “Ian was great this morning and not quite as fast tonight, but he represented us well.”
Weber earned eighth-place in the 50 free with a time of 19.96, while Bailey finished tied for 11th with a personal best time of 20.12. Shead was 19th (20.33) and freshman Paul Murray was 24th (20.54).
“The boys in the 50 represented themselves well tonight,” Harper said. “We have that slim lead over North Carolina and we have to be fast tomorrow morning.”
Prelims for the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back begin on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. You can follow live results and live video during the meet at Seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming.