Feb. 27, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – On the second night of the 2014 ACC Championships, seniors Pavel Sankovich and Paul Murray sent shockwaves throughout the Greensboro Aquatic Center after setting new ACC Meet, Conference and FSU records en route to earning gold in their first individual races.
Murray touched the wall with a time of 19.04 in the 50 free, taking down an ACC mark that was set in 2006 by NC State swimmer Cullen Jones - a two-time U.S. Olympian as well as two-time gold and silver medalist who was a part of the unforgettable 4x100 free relay in Beijing, which helped Michael Phelps achieve his eight gold medals during those Games.
Aside from the ACC standards, Murray broke Brendon Dedekind’s record of 19.17 which was set back in 1998 and is the second oldest among the breakable records in the FSU books.
The Coconut Creek, Fla. native’s time is also ties as the second fastest in the country this year.
Sankovich was in control of the 200 IM from start to finish as he posted a time of 1:41.92 – which is the second fastest mark in the NCAA this season. With that time, Sankovich defended his title and broke his own meet and school record from 2013 (1:43.22), while taking down the conference record which was set in 2009 by Gal Nevo of Georgia Tech (1:42.79).
“Applause to those guys,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “Those guys raced the way they trained all year and they really knocked it out of the park and it was very deserving. I’m really happy for those guys.”
Following his record breaking split on Wednesday in the 800 free relay, Kevin Rogers came out this morning slightly off his best 500 free time, earning a 10th place seed for finals with a 4:23.32. But in finals, Rogers went out ahead of the field and cruised to a win in the ‘B’ final, picking up ninth place points with a time of 4:19.56.
“Kevin also had a fantastic swim,” Bradley said. “He had the second fastest time of the night and he’s really swimming well so far.”
In addition to Sankovich, three other Seminoles scored points in the 200 IM as Jason Coombs posted a career best with a 1:46.26, finishing 10th. Juan Sequera earned 16th place points with a final time of 1:47.11 after swimming his personal best in prelims (1:46.72). Connor Knight swam in the ‘C’ final and placed 24th with a final time of 1:47.57.
Also scoring ninth place points in the 50 free was Jason McCormick who earned a career best time of 19.71.
“There were some bright spots today,” Bradley said. “Jason had one of those. He dropped a ton of time today in that 50.”
In the first event of the night, the Seminoles were victim of a disqualification in the 200 free relay.
“Even with the disqualification those guys put it behind them and came out tonight and raced,” Bradley said. “They raced the way the trained all year and we’re in the thick of the meet now and I’m interested to see how we come out tomorrow. It was exciting to see the swim at that level tonight.”
With diving factored into the team score, the Seminoles sit in fourth (404) heading into the second full day of competition behind Virginia Tech (565), NC State (433) and Virginia (408). FSU is just nine points in front of North Carolina and 34 ahead of Notre Dame.
Friday’s events include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 back and 100 breast along with the 400 medley relay. Prelims will start at 11 a.m.
Live stats can be found on the ACC Championship page. Finals of the event will be streamed live through the same site start at 7 p.m.
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