Nov. 18, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - Senior Mateo De Angulo turned heads tonight at the Georgia Tech Invite by posting an NCAA automatic qualification time in the 500 free at 4:15.43.
"It's a relief to get that automatic time," De Angulo said. "Now I can go through winter training knowing that I have a spot and I can focus on NCAA's."
De Angulo won the event by ten seconds en route to swimming the second fastest 500 free in Florida State history. The school record in the event was set in 2009 by Kyle Young at 4:14.60.
With that swim, he secured a spot in the event as well as the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Federal Way, Wash. March 22-24.
Kicking off the evening, the men's 200 free relay finished second behind Clemson, turning in a time of 1:19.91 with a team of sophomore Paul Murray, junior Trice Bailey, freshman Tyler Fozkos and junior Mark Weber. Weber would go on and win the 50 free with a time of 19.78, his fastest of his career and the sixth fastest in FSU history.
On three meter freshman Ford McLiney placed second with a 376.35, following him was senior Mike Neubacher in third with a 365.90 and finishing in fourth was sophomore Tom Neubacher with a 355.85. All three dove season best performances tonight.
For the ladies, senior Charlotte Broadbent finished fourth in the 500 free at 4:47.39, which is her top time on the year and sophomore Julia Henkel followed in fifth with a 4:50.35, however she swam her seasons fastest in prelims at 4:48.95.
The 200 IM hosted a juggernaut of talent for the Seminoles as five of them swam in the A final of the event. Senior Tori Richmond led the way as she took second overall with a season best time of 2:00.44. The school record holder was only a second off her best which is 1:59.04. Senior Stephanie Sarandos took fourth at 2:01.73, sophomore Kristine Polley was sixth at 2:02.81, junior Jamie Barrett place ninth with a 2:05.12 and sophomore McKayla Lightbourn was tenth with a 2:05.44. Both Barrett and Lightbourn swam to their best times in prelims with Lightbourn posting a 2:03.77 and Barrett swam to a 2:03.84. The Seminoles scored 94 points alone on the event.
The women are in second place with 273 points behind Florida who has 318. The men are also in second behind Florida with a score of 302 points.
Prelims Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with finals to start at 6 p.m. Diving will run in between the swimming events. On Sunday the meet will begin at 9 a.m. and finals will start at 3 p.m.
Live results can be followed throughout the weekend on http://www.ramblinwreck.com/livestats/c-swim/ . Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (@FSU_Swimming) for more updates throughout the competition.