Nov. 22, 2005
Gainesville, Fla. - The Florida State men's (No. 15) and women's (No. 16) swimming and diving teams were edged out in a highly competitive meet for their first losses of the season as they were defeated by the Florida No. 7 men and No. 4 women. The men moved to 6-1 as they were beaten 126-115 while the women moved to 8-1 losing 138-103.
"We had some great swims, competed really well and have a lot of people to be proud of," said head coach Neil Harper. "Normally when you go against a top five team like Florida you aren't going to win many races but the fact that we went in there and won five or six races on each side, just demonstrates that we can go in anywhere and competed. It came down to 11 points on the men's side, so a little bit of help here or there and we are talking about a completely different meet."
The day started off with the diving events. Junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) led the way for the women's team as she took first place on the 3M with 273.68 points and then second on the 1M with 254.03 points. On the men's side, sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) finished in second on the 1M with 294.53 points and the 3M with 321.45 points.
The women's 200 medley relay of senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.), junior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.) took first place with a time of 1:40.88.
Ellis then finished first in the 50 free with an NCAA B cut time of 23.05 and was followed in second by Raleigh who also recorded an NCAA B cut time of 23.50. Ellis would record another win for the Seminoles as she took the 100 free with an NCAA B cut time of 49.93. Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) also picked up a win for FSU in the 200 back in 2:00.44.
"Carrie (Ellis) won the 50 and 100 free and also anchored the medley relay, which got the meet off to a great start," said Harper. "Any time you have a swimmer like Carrie and can bank on what she can do is huge for the team."
Junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) took first place it 50 free with the time of 20.54 and was followed closely sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) who took second in 20.85. FSU would go one, two and three in the 100 free as senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) led the way with the time of 44.84, followed by sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) (45.19) and Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) (45.43). Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) took first place in the 200 breast with the time of 2:00.53.
"Going one, two and three in the men's 100 free was huge," said Harper. "Right after we did that their coach had to change their line-up and bring in their ace in the whole, Olympic gold medallist, to try and gain the advantage. It was good that we caused them to do that."
The Seminoles ended the meet as the men's 200 free relay team of Botha, Kennon, Denton and Roycik finished in first place with an NCAA B cut time of 1:20.40.
"It was a good meet for us and each year we just get closer and closer to them, so we just have to keep going in the right direction," said Harper. "We gave them a great meet and won lots of events at their place. We have had a great first semester. The team will get a bit of a break for Thanksgiving and then we will get back into it on Monday and focus in on the conference meet and the NCAA championships."
Florida State will return to action January 6, 2006, when they compete against Penn State in Naples, Fla. at 10:00 a.m.