November 20, 2011 - by
The Grand Finale

Nov. 20, 2011

ATLANTA, Ga. – The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished the weekend with five first places today at the Georgia Tech Invitational. As a team, the women finished in second with 1,031 points and the men took third with a total of 1,022.5.

Senior Mateo De Angulo won every individual event he swam this weekend, as he started the evening out with a win in the 1650 free and swam to another NCAA automatic time at 14:49.98. That swim was the second fastest in school history behind Kyle Young’s performance in 2009 at 14:46.68. He finished his meet as the anchor of the second place 400 free relay with the team of sophomore Paul Murray, Junior Mark Weber and junior Trice Bailey as they posted a 2:59.21.

Before the relay, Murray took second in the 100 free at 44.29 and Weber and Bailey tied for fifth at 45.21.

Sophomore Tiffany Oliver lowered her school record time en route to her victory in the 100 free at 49.08 and freshman Kaitlyn Dressel finished fourth at 50.06, establishing the eighth fastest swim on the all-time list.

Swimming to a first place finish in the 200 breast was Sophomore Kristine Polley with a time of 2:14.58, however her morning swim of 2:14.15 was the fastest of her career. Senior Tori Richmond was fifth with a 2:17.55.

Freshman Elizabeth Pepper won the 200 fly with a 1:58.23, holding off Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel, who was a 2008 Olympian. Her time goes in FSU’s record books as the second fastest swim behind Lauren Sprag’s 1:57.87 set in 2008.

In the platform diving event, Mike Neubacher scored a 401.25 as he won the event. Freshman Ford McLiney was sixth with a 329.45 and sophomore Tom Neubacher placed seventh with a 303.20.

On Saturday, De Angulo set a new school record in the 400 IM with a 3:47.23. He came back with the victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.36. The Colombian native was also the anchor on the 800 free relay, splitting a 1:35.98 with the team of freshman Kevin Rogers, Bailey, sophomore Mike Thomas as they De finished in second place with a time of 6:37.87, ten seconds faster than their seed time.
Rogers finished third in the 200 free with a 1:39.29, which his fastest on the season.

Sophomore Julia Henkel swam her best time in the 400 IM, as she finished fifth with a 4:15.59. That time moves her into second place on the FSU all-time list behind Jessica Saboutin’s performance in 2009 of 4:14.32.

The women’s team swam to a second place finish in the 800 free relay with a team of freshman Ginny Grams, Senior Stephanie Sarandos, senior Charlotte Broadbent and Pepper.

On the three-meter springboard, sophomore Kelsey Goodman placed third en route to posting a season high score of 335.75.

The swimmers have finished competing for 2011, however the divers will be back in action Dec. 15-23 as they are set to compete in the USA Diving Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.

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