Bringing home four bronze medals with us (Stephanie Sarandos 200Back, Lisi Rowland 1meter and 3 meter, Katrina Young Platform), two school records (Tori Richmond 200IM, Me in the 500Free), many top eight finishers and countless top 16 finishes, what seemed a tough meet for some of the girls last week seemed to turn out pretty good! Although ACC's didn't go the way that some people had expected last week in Atlanta, our team grew closer together and stronger as one, as we had to come together for each other more than we had ever done before.
The ACC seems to be developing and becoming one of the stronger conferences in the country; therefore, there is no room for mistakes to be made at this meet but I think our team has learned a lot from the swims that we put in, both great and one's that could be improved, including myself.
Florida State ended up third overall, a place we are very proud of. We were able to overcome competition from Miami and Maryland because at certain times during the meet, they were ahead of us in the total rankings. We really came together though, the girl's team was really able to pull together and stay strong during the deciding final session on Saturday, where we earned valuable points that enabled us to get the third place we deserved.
The divers also really shone at ACC's. The girls were able to bring home a medal from every board (Lisi Rowland and Katrina Young), and the boys had two people on the podium for two out of the three boards(Landon Marzullo, Jordan Horsley and Mike Neubacher). The men are going into ACC's this week with 156 points already which is great as other teams such as Virginia, for example, don't have many divers. We have such a talented group of divers that bring so much energy and happiness to our team, their passion for diving is always clear to us.
The girls that competed in ACC's this week are all going to be glued to our computers this week watching the Men's ACC Championships in Atlanta and the Senior Championships in Orlando. We are excited to see some fast SEMINOLE swimming and great results! We also have four girls going back to Atlanta to compete in a last chance meet on Sunday (Stephanie Sarandos, Tiffany Oliver, Tori Richmond and myself). We are all going to be on the bubble with qualifying for NCAA's; therefore, are going to repeat certain swims to try and go a few tenths/seconds quicker! I have the upmost confidence that we can put in great swims while back at the Georgia Tech pool! GO NOLES!! J