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More Medals for Florida State at Women's ACC Championships



Feb. 19, 2010

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships entered its third day on Friday and Florida State continues to break new ground. Following the day’s events the Seminole women’s swimming and diving team is in third place with 363 points. Following the second men’s diving event Florida State’s men are currently in first place with 103 points. Highlights from University of North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium included three top three finishes in the diving events and Stephanie Sarandos setting a new school record in the 100 back.

“Our divers did awesome today claiming half of the finals spots and half of the diving medals today,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey.

The men’s diving team continued to build on their lead in the meet Friday. Four of the Seminole’s six competitors earned a spot in the eight man finals based on their prelim dive scores. In the finals senior Terry Horner and junior Landon Marzullo claimed All-ACC honors and qualified for the NCAA zone diving championships with their second and third place respective finishes. This is the second honor and NCAA qualification for Horner, after he won the three-meter dive event Thursday. Jordan Horsley and Michael Neubacher came in seventh and 8th place, respectively to give the Seminole men a total of 56 points.

“The men’s one meter event was hands down the best one-meter event I have seen and we were second and third” Jeffrey said. “Marzullo got his rhythm and energy back this afternoon and turned in an All-American caliber performance, while Horner was business as usual with a stellar performance for second place.”

Not to be outdone by the men, the women’s diving squad earned four top-eight finishes in the three-meter event. All five of Florida State’s competing athletes earned team points in the event for a combined total of 60 points. Katie Sirounis earned the highest finish for the Seminole women Friday, third place with a score of 312.90. Sirounis is the second female Seminole diver this meet to earn All-ACC honors and qualify for the NCAA zone diving championships, joining teammate Kat Adham who finished third in the one-meter Thursday. Following Sirounis were Elysse Rowland, Aleia Monden, and Adham in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively. Although Jaq Schroeder failed to reach the finals, her preliminary dives secured her a 12th place finish in the event.

“The girls were solid and mature by brining consistency to the prelims where other teams failed to do so,” Jeffrey said. “Katie stepped up like the true senior she is to take third in the finals. It was a good day.”

Sophomore Stephanie Sarandos set a new career and school record in 100 back on her way to an 11th place finish in Friday night’s finals. Her time of 54.71 beats the previous record of 54.39 set by Romy Altman in 2007.

In the 400 IM freshman Jamie Barrett posted a career high time on her way to an eighth place finish in the finals. Her time of 4:17.17 is now the third fastest time in school history. In the consolation finals of the event sophomore Jessica Sabotin nearly set a new career and school record with her time of 4:14.81. Although she did not beat her best time of 4:14.32 she did finish first in the consolation heat, and ninth overall. Although her prelim time did not qualify her for the top finals heat, Charlotte Broadbent pushed herself to towards the top of the FSU record books in the consolation finals with a time of 4:16.80 and is now the second fastest Seminole ever in the event behind Sabotin.

“The girls in the 400 IM were amazing in the finals. Sabotin, Broadbent and Barrett posted some of the fastest times in school history and we’re proud of the way they keep challenging themselves and improving with every event,” said Head Coach Neil Harper.

Junior C.J. Hendry moved up to fifth on the Seminole’s all-time 100 fly list after her performance in the event finals. Hendry finished the race in sixth place with a time of 54.17.

Florida State earned two spots in the 200 free finals Friday morning preliminaries. Junior Jocelyn Phillips earned the highest finish, sixth place, with a time of 1:48.41. Teammate Holly Mills qualified for the consolation finals and her time of 1:48.36 was second in her heat and enough for a 10th place overall finish in the event. Freshman Kristine Polley earned the second ACC finals appearance of her career, as she qualified in the prelims for the 100 breast event. Polley finished 16th overall in the finals with a time of 1:04.29.

The Seminoles concluded Friday’s competition on a high note with the a third place finish in the 400 medley relay. Sarandos, Polley, Hendry and Phillips teamed up for a time of 3:41.35.

“Jocelyn stepped up with a great sprint in the last leg of the relay to get us on the podium,” added Harper.

At the end of day three Virginia still leads the women’s team standings with 601 points, followed by UNC with 443, Florida State with 363 and Virginia Tech with 266.5 points.

On the men’s side Florida State is in the lead after the first diving event with 103 team points, followed closely by Duke with 66 points. Virginia Tech is in third place with 41 points.

“The women and men competing for us this week are doing amazing, said Harper. “Obviously diving is doing phenomenal in terms of reaching the finals and earning medals. Our swimmers have been setting personal and school records and should continue to do so heading into the last day of the meet. For the women today’s performances were critical in building distance from Virginia Tech and the athletes succeeded in doing so. On the men’s side, our divers have put us in great position with over a hundred points heading into the men’s swimming events next week. We could not be more pleased.”

Tomorrow is the final day of the women’s swimming and diving and men’s diving ACC Championships. The women will take to the pool in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and 400 free relay. The men’s and women’s diving squads will head to the campus of Duke University to compete in the platform dive events.

Fans can watch all of the ACC Championship events live online by clicking Stephanie Sarandos setting a new school record in the 100 back. “Our divers did awesome today claiming half of the finals spots and half of the diving medals today,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. The men’s diving team continued to build on their lead in the meet Friday. Four of the Seminole’s six competitors earned a spot in the eight man finals based on their prelim dive scores. In the finals senior Terry Horner and junior Landon Marzullo claimed All-ACC honors and qualified for the NCAA zone diving championships with their second and third place respective finishes. This is the second honor and NCAA qualification for Horner, after he won the three-meter dive event Thursday. Jordan Horsley and Michael Neubacher came in seventh and 8th place, respectively to give the Seminole men a total of 56 points. “The men’s one meter event was hands down the best one-meter event I have seen and we were second and third” Jeffrey said. “Marzullo got his rhythm and energy back this afternoon and turned in an All-American caliber performance, while Horner was business as usual with a stellar performance for second place.” Not to be outdone by the men, the women’s diving squad earned four top-eight finishes in the three-meter event. All five of Florida State’s competing athletes earned team points in the event for a combined total of 60 points. Katie Sirounis earned the highest finish for the Seminole women Friday, third place with a score of 312.90. Sirounis is the second female Seminole diver this meet to earn All-ACC honors and qualify for the NCAA zone diving championships, joining teammate Kat Adham who finished third in the one-meter Thursday. Following Sirounis were Elysse Rowland, Aleia Monden, and Kat Adham in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively. Although Jaq Schroeder failed to reach the finals, her preliminary dives secured her a 12th place finish in the event. “The girls were solid and mature by brining consistency to the prelims where other teams failed to do so,” Jeffrey said. “Katie stepped up like the true senior she is to take third in the finals. It was a good day.” Sophomore Stephanie Sarandos set a new career and school record in 100 back on her way to an 11th place finish in Friday night’s finals. Her time of 54.71 beats the previous record of 54.39 set by Romy Altman in 2007. In the 400 IM freshman Jamie Barrett posted a career high time on her way to an eighth place finish in the finals. Her time of 4:17.17 is now the third fastest time in school history. In the consolation finals of the event sophomore Jessica Sabotin nearly set a new career and school record with her time of 4:14.81. Although she did not beat her best time of 4:14.32 she did finish first in the consolation heat, and ninth overall. Although her prelim time did not qualify her for the top finals heat, Charlotte Broadbent pushed herself to towards the top of the FSU record books in the consolation finals with a time of 4:16.80 and is now the second fastest Seminole ever in the event behind Sabotin. “The girls in the 400 IM were amazing in the finals. Sabotin, Broadbent and Barrett posted some of the fastest times in school history and we’re proud of the way they keep challenging themselves and improving with every event,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. Sophomore C.J. Hendry moved up to fifth on the Seminole’s all-time 100 fly list after her performance in the event finals. Hendry finished the race in sixth place with a time of 54.17. Florida State earned two in the 200 free finals Friday morning preliminaries. Junior Jocelyn Phillips earned the highest finish, sixth place, with a time of 1:48.41. Teammate Holly Mills qualified for the consolation finals and her time of 1:48.36 was second in her heat and enough for a 10th place overall finish in the event. Freshman Kristine Polley earned the second ACC finals appearance of her career, as she qualified in the prelims for the 100 breast event. Polley finished 16th overall in the finals with a time of 1:04.29. The Seminoles concluded Friday’s competition on a high note with the a third place finish in the 400 medley relay. Sarandos, Polley, Hendry and Phillips teamed up for a time of 3:41.35. “Jocelyn stepped up with a great sprint in the last leg of the relay to get us on the podium,” added Harper. At the end of day three Virginia still leads the women’s team standings with 601 points, followed by UNC with 443, Florida State with 363 and Virginia Tech with 266.5 points. On the men’s side Florida State is in the lead after the first diving event with 103 team points, followed closely by Duke with 66 points. Virginia Tech is in third place with 41 points. “The women and men competing for us this week are doing amazing, said Harper. “Obviously diving is doing phenomenal in terms of reaching the finals and earning medals. Our swimmers have been setting personal and school records and should continue to do so heading into the last day of the meet. For the women today’s performances were critical in building distance from Virginia Tech and the athletes succeeded in doing so. On the men’s side, our divers have put us in great position with over a hundred points heading into the men’s swimming events next week. We could not be more pleased.” Tomorrow is the final day of the women’s swimming and diving and men’s diving ACC Championships. The women will take to the pool in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and 400 free relay. The men’s and women’s diving squads will head to the campus of Duke University to compete in the platform dive events. Fans can watch all of the ACC Championship events live online by clicking here. Full meet results can be found by clicking here. For more news and coverage of the Seminoles stay tuned to www.seminoles.com or follow the team on Twitter @fsu_swimming. ">here.

Full meet results can be found by clicking here.

For more news and coverage of the Seminoles stay tuned to www.seminoles.com or follow the team on Twitter @fsu_swimming.

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