Oct. 26, 2007
Dallas, Tx.- Florida State swimming has their first NCAA Qualifier of the season as freshman Holly Mills turned in a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:50.09 in the 200 free at the SMU Invitational in Dallas, Tx. Friday evening. The swim was good enough for second place in the consolation finals.
"Anytime you have a NCAA qualifying time at a meet this time of year it's a great achievement," said head coach Neil Harper. "We got off to a slow start and Holly's swim was the start of our team turning things around."
The Seminoles find themselves in fourth place after day one of the SMU Invite with 126 points. FSU trails Texas A&M (172), SMU (154) and Southern California (135.5). Wisconsin is in fifth place with 121.5 points and Alabama is in sixth with 119 points.
"We started off slow in the 400 medley relay and 400 IM, but finished off the meet with some inspiring swims," said Harper. "We're in heavy training right now, so we weren't always fast tonight, but we finished races well."
The underclassmen had a strong first day. In addition to Mills' great swim, sophomore Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) finished second on the one-meter board with a score of 259.90. In the pool, freshman C.J. Hendry (Evans, Ga.) finished third in the 100 fly (55.81), while freshman Lowri Tynan (Wrexham, Clywd, Wales) nabbed a third place finish in the 100 breast (1:04.26). The team of Mills, senior Lindsay Kenney, Tynan and sophomore Kylsie Grimes finished out Friday's action with a third place finish in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:27.16.
The SMU Invitational concludes Saturday evening. For results visit www.seminoles.com.