February 25, 2009 - by
Record Breaking Seminoles Begin Men’s ACC Swimming Championships In Third Place

Feb. 25, 2009

Final Stats

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – The Florida State men’s swimming team opened the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday with a pair of trips to the podium and two school records in College Park, Md.  FSU is in third-place after the first evening with 66 points.

“I’m excited and I’m glad that we got those records,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said.  “I was really proud of all seven guys that swam tonight and I think that it sends a message to our team that we prepared well and are swimming fast.”

The Seminoles opened the meet by shattering the school record in the 200 medley relay.  The team of juniors Andy Hodgson and Scott Thacker and seniors Jarryd Botha and Ed Denton finished third with a time of 1:26.14.

“To break the medley record by over a second is great because that is a short relay,” Harper said.  “Those guys did a great job to swim a fast time.”

In the 800 free relay the team of senior Kyle Young, Hodgson and sophomores Stephen Pendleton and Robby Hayes broke the school record by more than four seconds with a second-place swim of 6:25.11.

“We knew we had two strong legs on the front and our two untested legs on the back swam really well,” Harper said.  “Now we need to be confident and be ready for the individual events tomorrow.”

  Day two of the Men’s ACC Championships will begin at 11:00 a.m., with the preliminary rounds of the 500 free, 200 individual medley and 50 free.  For live stats and live streaming video from ACC Select beginning at 7:00 p.m., log onto www.seminoles.com.



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