Feb. 24, 2012
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Still on the warpath, the men’s swimming and diving team continued to shine at the 2012 ACC’s men’s swimming and diving championships in Christiansburg, Va.
The Seminoles took a bronze and silver medal in the 400 IM, with senior Mateo De Angulo touching in second with a 3:47.53 and freshman Juan Sequera placing third with a 3:49.09, another personal best. Junior Tyler Ball continued by posting another career best time in with 14th place finish with a 3:55.56, shaving a little less than a second off of his prelim swim. Mike Thomas was 19th in the bonus heat with a time of 3:58.95.
“They’ve trained hard all year and it was the perfect scenario for Mateo and Juan,” Head Coach Neil Harper said. “Juan heck of a prospect and Mateo has come into his own with that event and it was fun to watch them swim next to one another. It gave us a lot of enthusiasm.”
Freshman Cadell Lyons won the consolation heat of the 100 fly, placing ninth with a time of 47.68, turning in the fourth fastest swim in FSU history. Junior Mark Weber was 12th at 48.05. Junior David Sanders won the bonus heat, placing 17th with a time of 49.06 and junior Danny Nguyen was 23rd with a 49.78. All swims in that event were personal best times.
Matching their swims from the 800 free relay, freshman Kevin Rogers swam a 1:37.59 in the morning before finishing in 12th with a time of 1:38.16 in the 200 free. Junior Trice Bailey placed 15th at 1:38.49, but not before he could be his best time at 1:37.26 in prelims. The lone Seminole in the 100 breast, sophomore Alex Rodriguez swam to a personal best at 55.65, placing 13th.
Freshman Josh Friedel won the consolation heat of the 100 back at a best time of 48.38. Lyons stepped in and won another heat on the night, this time touching in 17th with a 49.05 and Freshmen Harrison Brogden was 24 with a 50.73.
“Josh did an awesome job winning the consolation heat form lane one,” Harper said. “That was huge swim for us and it was a big confidence boost for him. That will help him for his 200 tomorrow."
The team scores at the end of the day have Virginia out in front at 406, North Carolina with 394, Virginia Tech at 387.5 and Florida State in fourth with 353.
“We have to bring it in the morning,” Harper said. “ We’re just about 50 points away from the leader and we have some good events tomorrow. We’re going to have to step up and get as many as we can in the A-finals for tomorrow and see what we can do.”
The final day of prelims begin at 11 a.m. with the 200 back. The 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free will follow with finals set to begin at 7 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on ACC.com starting of Thursday through Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
Live stats will be available for both prelims and finals. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Swiming) for updates throughout the week. Below are live stat and live streaming links and event order list.
Live stats can be followed here: http://www.theacc.com/livestats/m-swim/
Live streaming is set from Feb.23-25 from 7-9p.m. at the links below:
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay