Florida State Women's Swimming & Diving - 2006-07 Year In Review

Florida State Women's Swimming & Diving - 2006-07 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Neil Harper, Head Coach
James Barber, Assistant Coach
Jesse Collins, Strength and Conditioning
Carrie Ellis, Graduate Assistant
Kirk Hampleman, Graduate Assistant
Patrick Jeffrey, Divers
Liz Klink, Assistant Coach
Andy Robins, Associate Head Coach
Wyn Saunier, Graduate Assistant

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2006-07 Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving


2006-07 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Melanie Cabassol, 5-5, D, Montgomery, TX

Jessie Carr, 5-6, FS-BR, Gulf Breeze

Tiffany Elias, 5-7, FL-IM, Phoenix, AZ

Kylsie Grimes, 5-10, FS, Hartland, WI

Lindsay Guers, 5-5, FS, Orwigsburg, PA

Jen Guyler, 5-4, FS, Palm Harbor

Kristina Helmers, 5-9, IM-FL, Pennington, NJ

Leigh Ann King, 5-9, FS, Baton Rouge, LA

Ashley Lawler, 5-8, FS, Iowa City, IA

Aleia Monden, 5-1, D, Mililani, HI

Katie Sirounis, 5-9, D, Indian Harbor Beach

Stevi Steinhauer, 5-9, FS, Pensacola

Katie Stratton, 5-8, IM, Naperville, IL

Teresa Tessier, 5-6, FL-FS, Largo


2006-07 Roster - By Name

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T                                          PY
R Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* Romy Altmann          BK-FS   6-0   Sr   **   Cape Town, South Africa (German International School)
* Lauren Brick          BR-FS   5-10  Sr   ***  Culpeper, VA (Culpeper County)
  Melanie Cabassol      D       5-5   Fr        Montgomery, TX (Montgomery)
  Jessie Carr           FS-BR   5-6   Fr        Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
  Ann Cipoletti         BR-IM   5-7   So   *    Charleston, WV (William Byrd)
* Kelly Dean            FL-IM   5-8   So   *    Longwood (Lake Brantley)
* Tiffany Elias         FL-IM   5-7   Fr        Phoenix, AZ (Xavier Prep)
* Kylsie Grimes         FS      5-10  Fr        Hartland, WI (Arrowhead)
  Lindsay Guers         FS      5-5   Fr        Orwigsburg, PA (Blue Mountain)
* Jen Guyler            FS      5-4   Fr        Palm Harbor (East Lake)
* Carissa Hanna         D       5-8   So   *    Churchville, PA (Council Rock South)
* Elise Hatfield        FS      5-9   Jr   *    Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
  Kristina Helmers      IM-FL   5-9   Fr        Pennington, NJ (Hopewell Valley Central)
* Georgia Holderness    BR-FS   5-9   So   *    Somerset, England (Millfield School)
  Courtney Hudak        BK-IM   5-7   Jr        Sarasota (Riverview)
* Kylen Huntwork        BR-IM   5-11  So   *    Apex, NC (Apex)
  Lindsay Kenney        FL-FS   5-7   Jr   **   Plano, TX (Plano Senior)
  Abbie King            FS      5-9   Jr   **   Brunswick, ME (Brunswick)
  Leigh Ann King        FS      5-9   Fr        Baton Rouge, LA (Saint Joseph's Academy)
  Ashley Lawler         FS      5-8   Fr        Iowa City, IA (West)
* Meredith Martelle     FS-BR   5-8   So   *    Charlotte, NC (South Mecklenburg)
  Megan Matherly        FS-FL   5-4   So   *    Oviedo (Oviedo)
* Aleia Monden          D       5-1   Fr        Mililani, HI (Saint Andrew's Priory)
  Janine Pariente       FS      5-4   So        Miami Beach (MAST Academy)
  Stacy Rademacher      BK-FL   5-9   Jr   **   Charlotte, NC (South Mecklenburg)
* Christie Raleigh      FS-FL   5-5   So   *    Toms River, NJ (Pinecrest)
  Caroline Robertson    BR-IM   5-11  So   *    Ocala (Forest)
  Katie Ronan           FS-BK   5-9   Sr   ***  Pensacola (Washington)
* Katie Sirounis        D       5-9   Fr        Indian Harbor Beach (Satellite)
  Kate Skaggs           BK-FS   5-6   Jr   **   Jacksonville (Bolles)
  Lauren Sparg          FS-FL   5-7   Jr   **   Durban, South Africa (Westville Girls)
  Stevi Steinhauer      FS      5-9   Fr        Pensacola (Gulf Breeze)
  Katie Stratton        IM      5-8   Fr        Naperville, IL (Naperville)
  Teresa Tessier        FL-FS   5-6   So   *    Largo (Seminole)

2006-07 All-Americans

Name                     NCAA Championships
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Romy Altmann             200-Yard Backstroke (7th)
                         400-Yard Medley Relay (10th) - Honorable Mention

Lauren Brick             100-Yard Breaststroke (5th)
                         400-Yard Medley Relay (10th) - Honorable Mention
                         200-Yard Medley Relay (11th) - Honorable Mention

Abbie King               200-Yard Medley Relay (11th) - Honorable Mention

Christie Raleigh         400-Yard Medley Relay (10th) - Honorable Mention
                         200-Yard Medley Relay (11th) - Honorable Mention

Lauren Sparg             400-Yard Medley Relay (10th) - Honorable Mention
                         200-Yard Medley Relay (11th) - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  5

2006-07 Schedules and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
10/07
Ref
H
CLEMSON W 179-116
10/21
Ref
N
SMU WOMEN'S CLASSIC
October 20-21, 2006, Dallas, Texas
2nd Place
10/27
Ref
A
MIAMI W 174-85
10/28
Ref
A
FL INTERNATIONAL
Tri-Meet
W 245-51
10/28
Ref
N
FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Tri-Meet, Miami, Fl
W 187-112
11/18
Ref
N
NIKE CUP
November 16-18, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC
1st Place
11/21
Ref
H
FLORIDA W 162-138
01/06
Ref
H
NORTH FLORIDA
Tri-Meet
W 143-83
01/06
Ref
H
UNC-WILMINGTON
Tri-Meet
W 140-89
01/12
Ref
A
LOUISIANA STATE W 180-120
01/26
Ref
H
INDIAN RIVER CC W 153-80
01/27
Ref
H
AUBURN L 112-129
02/17
Ref
N
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
February 14-17, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC
2nd Place
03/04
Ref
N
NCAA ZONE B QUALIFIER
March 2-4, 2007, Athens, Ga
 
03/10
Ref
N
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
March 8-10, 2007, Minneapolis, MN
17th Place
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    9- 1     5- 1     3- 0     1- 0


2007 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  NORTH CAROLINA        737
 2~ FLORIDA STATE         642.5
 3  VIRGINIA              475
 4  VIRGINIA TECH         393.5
 5  CLEMSON               357.5
 6  MARYLAND              332
 7  MIAMI                 299
 8  DUKE                  150
 9  GEORGIA TECH          138
10  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  123.5
11  BOSTON COLLEGE         77

FLORIDA STATE 179, CLEMSON 116
10/07/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Swimming and Diving Tops Clemson in Season Opener.

The men defeated Clemson 198-97 while the women won 179-116.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened up their seasons on a high note as both Seminole squads earned dual meet wins over Clemson. The men defeated the Tigers 198-87 while the women were victorious 179-116.

"Clemson is a good team and they always give us a heck of a meet," said head coach Neil Harper. "Initially I was concerned about it because you never know what is in store. They are a good team and well coached so I think that we answered the call. I feel much better now then I did a couple of hours ago. It was a good test and I think for the most part they did real well and past it."

"These guys have been training really hard," said Harper. "A lot of them are young and that can have an adverse affect. They are tired and beat up so you just never know how they are going to handle it. The captains led while the seniors and the juniors did a good job of letting them know what to expect. We came out in the first couple of events and did really well. The 1000s were good for us as well followed by the 200s. I knew that we were going to be alright. Not that we discounted what Clemson had or what they could still do. We had some quality swims today and some depth too. I think the overall team effort was real good. It was a good way to start the season especially in front of a nice big crowd."

Leading the way for the men's team with three individual event victories was junior Ian Powell (Guernsey Channel, Islands). Powell started out by winning the 200 fly (1:49.34), then followed that up with wins in the 200 back (1:50.00) and 100 fly (50.27).

"Ian (Powell) trains real hard and he competes real hard," said Harper. "He is just setting the tone for this year. He had a great year last season and got sick at the conference meet so he feels that he has a lot to prove and he sure did today. He started the meet off real well and it's good for our team to know that we have a key person like him to count on."

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the women's team as she won two individual events. She finished first in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 free (50.72).

"It was good to see that the most valuable swimmer, in my mind, at the ACC Championships last year just pick up where she left off," said Harper. "Christie (Raleigh) is key for us in those events and we are going to rely on her heavily. She has a great supporting cast and I think she led by example today. It is another boost for us to know that we have her on our team."

Winning two individual events each for the men's team were senior Alex Kennon (Winter Park, Fla.) and junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.). Kennon took the 50 free (20.75) and 100 free (45.64) while Jamerson won the 100 breast (55.68) and 200 breast (2:05.08).

In diving, freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won both the 1M (263.78) and 3M (274.88) for the women while sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also won the 1M (301.20) and 3M (317.40) for the men.

In the mid to distance freestyle events on the men's side, freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) won the 1000 free (9:24.42), senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) took the 500 free (4:32.02) and junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished first in the 200 free (1:40.87).

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) picked up another win for the men taking the 100 back in 51.77.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) showed once again why she is an All-American in the 100 breast as she took first place in the event with a time of 1:03.35. Also picking up individual event wins for the women's team was junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in the 100 fly (56.24), sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W. Va.) in the 200 breast (2:19.48), freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 200 fly (2:02.34) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) in the 200 free (1:51.58).

The Seminoles scored big points to open up the meet as both the women's and men's teams won the 200 medley relay. The women's team of Raleigh, Brick, Sparg and freshman Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) took first with a time of 1:43.11 while the men's team of Powell, Jamerson, Kennon and freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) won with a time of 1:31.53.

The total attendance at the meet today was 377.

The next meet for the women's team will be Fri.-Sat., Oct. 20-21 at the SMU Women's Classic in Dallas, Texas. The men will be back in the pool on Sat., Oct. 28 when both the men and women battle Florida Atlantic and the women take on Florida International in Miami, Fla.


SMU WOMEN'S CLASSIC, 2nd place
10/21/2006, October 20-21, 2006, Dallas, Texas

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Women's Swimming & Diving Finishes in Second at the SMU Women's Classic.

Sophomore Christie Raleigh won the 100 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 50.69.

DALLAS, TX - The No. 14 Florida State women's swimming and diving team finished in second place by just ten points at the SMU Women's Classic. No. 7 SMU won the tournament with 328 points and was followed by No. 14 FSU (318), No. 13 Wisconsin (288), Virginia Tech (253), Alabama (258) and LSU (229).

"We were only ten points behind SMU who was ranked seventh in the country," said head coach Neil Harper. "I think we did really well and we have been training very hard. We did not come in a day early. We flew in the day of the meet yesterday and swam tired but competed well. I was just real proud of the team effort."

In the final event of the night, the 200 free relay, the Seminole team of sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.), freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) and seniors Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and Romy Altmann (Capetown, South Africa) recorded valuable points for Florida State winning the race with a time of 1:34.16.

Florida State also had a strong showing during the 400 free relay as the team of Altmann, Raleigh, sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) and freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished second with a time of 3:26.98.

Raleigh came up big for the Seminoles once again as she won the 100 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 50.69. Along with the 100 free, Raleigh won the 50 free and 100 fly on Friday.

Also recording an NCAA "B" cut time for FSU was Altmann who finished third in the 200 back in 2:01.60.

Freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii), who won the 3M on Friday, followed that performance up with a second place finish on the 1M with a six dive score of 259.

Elias was the Seminoles' top finisher in the 200 fly (2:03.09) as she finished second and junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) was the Seminoles' top finisher in the 500 free (5:02.39) as she finished fifth.

Holderness was a key point scorer for FSU as she was the team's top finisher in the 200 breast and 200 IM. She finished third in the 200 breast (2:18.41) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:06.74).

The Florida State women's swimming and diving team will be back in action on Oct. 27 when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla. for a dual meet against Miami at 4:00 p.m.


FLORIDA STATE 174, MIAMI 85
10/27/2006, CORAL GABLES, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Women's Swimming and Diving Opens Up Road Trip With Win Over Miami.

The Seminoles won 13 of 16 events held Friday night.

CORAL GABLES, FL - The Florida State (No. 14) women's swimming and diving team opened up their weekend road trip to south Florida with a win over Miami. The Seminoles got out to an early lead and never looked back. After Florida State had the meet won the Seminoles then swam the last three events as an exhibition. Of the 16 events held FSU recorded the best time/score in 13 of them.

"We had lots of good swim," said head coach Neil Harper. "We did not get into the pool until 45 minutes before the start. Usually we get in an hour and a half before it starts. It took us a little bit longer than normal to get down here. I was really happy with the way the girls swam especially since we were traveling all day."

"Our team was in good spirits despite traveling all day," said Harper. "Our depth really came through. When we won some events we actually got a lot of seconds and thirds. They really made the most of it and got together as a team."

The Seminoles had three swimmers record two individual event wins. Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) won the 100 back (58.30) and 200 back (2:04.28), sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms Rivers, N.J.) won the 50 free (23.17) and 100 fly (55.05) and freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) won the 200 fly (2:03.17) 200 free (1:51.90).

Also touching the wall first for the Seminoles were senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) in the 100 breast (1:02.36), sophomore Ann Cipoletti in the 200 breast (2:18.02), freshman Jen Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) in the 500 free (5:05.31) and sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) in the 200 IM (2:06.18).

Seminole teams also won of the relays that were held on the night. The only events not won by FSU were the 100 free, 1M diving and 3M diving. The score of the meet was 174-85 (this only includes the scores of swimming events, the official final score is still pending).

On Saturday, October 28 the (No. 14) FSU women will compete against Florida Atlantic and Florida International while the (No. 15) FSU men will face Florida Atlantic. Saturday's competition will take place at FIU in Miami, Fla.


1000-Yard Freestyle
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Place  Name                             Time  Points
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  1    Jen Guyler                    9:54.03    9                                              


FLORIDA STATE 245, FL INTERNATIONAL 51
10/28/2006, MIAMI, FL, Tri-Meet

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming & Diving Records Wins Over FAU (M&W) and FIU (W).

The FSU women's team upped their recorded to 4-0 while the men improved to 2-0 on the season.

MIAMI, FL - The Florida State (No. 15) men's and (No. 14) women's swimming and diving teams remained perfect on the season after the women defeated Florida Atlantic 187-112 and Florida International 245-51 and the men beat FAU 206-86. The women upped their recorded to 4-0 on the season while the men improved to 2-0.

"It is a continuation of the good form that we have shown this semester," said head coach Neil Harper. "We needed to race this weekend. It was difficult being on the road having to drive this far down to Miami. It was a good test and for us to compete as well as we did under some adverse conditions. It was a good performance for us. Now we are looking forward to getting back to campus, resting the rest of the weekend and then getting back to hard work and focusing on the Nike Cup at Chapel Hill."

Junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) led the way for the men's team as he recorded three individual event wins. Powell won the 100 fly (50.51), 200 fly (1:49.71), and 200 back (1:49.11).

"He did well and you can not take that away from him," said Harper. "He swam well in all three of his events."

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the women's team as she recorded two individual event wins. Raleigh won the 200 fly (2:01.63) and 50 free (23.43).

"She stepped up in the 200 fly and then double backed and won the 50 free," said Harper.

Three Seminoles on the men's squad touched the wall first in two individual events. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) finished first in both breaststroke events taking the 100 breast in 57.86 and 200 breast in 2:07.10 while junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) recorded wins in the 200 free (1:41.01) and 500 free (4:32.37). Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) won the 1650 free (15:24.72) and recorded the fastest time in the 400 IM (4:02.27) swimming it in exhibition.

FSU was dominate in the diving events as sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) won the 3M (302.05) and sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) won the 1M (261.10) for the men while freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won the 1M (256.30) and freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor, Fla.) won the (3M 273.35).

Winning individual events for the men's team were junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) in the 100 back (51.69) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) 46.20.

Winning individual events for the women's squad were senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) in the 100 breast (1:02.03), senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) in the 200 back (2:02.38), freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) in the 100 free (52.79) and freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 100 fly (56.49).

Both Seminole squads recorded the fastest times in every relay held on the day. The men's team of Powell, Jamerson, Kennon and freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) won the 200 medley in 1:33.15 while the men's team of Botha, Kennon, junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) recorded the fastest time in the 200 free relay (1:25.89) swimming in an exhibition. The women's team of Raleigh, Brick, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and freshman Lindsay Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.) won the 200 medley in 1:46.36 while the team of Raleigh, Brick, junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) won the 200 free in 1:35.92.

The Florida State men's and women's teams will be back in action November 16-18 when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Nike Cup Invitational.


FLORIDA STATE 187, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 112
10/28/2006, Tri-Meet, Miami, Fl

NIKE CUP, 1st place
11/18/2006, November 16-18, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Swimming & Diving Men and Women In First After Day One of the Nike Cup.

The men and women are in first place with 402 and 260 points, respectively.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's (No. 16) and women's (No. 13) swimming and diving teams lead the Nike Cup after the completion of the first day of events. The men's squad is out in front with 402 points and is followed by Kentucky (207), Clemson (203), North Carolina (196), Virginia Tech (141), James Madison (29), East Carolina (28), NC State (17), Miami (15) and Syracuse (2). The women's team is in first place with 260 points and is followed by North Carolina (229), Clemson (209), Kentucky (181), Virginia Tech (169), Miami (87), East Carolina (71), Syracuse (27) and NC State (7).

The Seminoles got off to a fast start in the 200 free relay. The men's team of junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa), sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) took first place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:20.81. The women's team of freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) finished second with a time of 1:33.95.

Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up a win for the men in the 500 free as he touched with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:22.29. Right behind him also recording an NCAA "B" cut was junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) who finished second in 4:22.90.

The women's team picked up valuable points in the 500 free as freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) took second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:52.51. Finishing in third was junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) with a time of 4:55.49.

The Seminoles went one-two on the men's 1M as sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) won the event with a six dive score of 343.10. Just a few points behind was freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) who placed second with a six dive score of 340.20.

A pair of freshman scored big points on the women's 1M as Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) placed third (274.15) and Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) took fifth (251.75).

In the men's 200 IM, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished third with a time of 1:52.79 while freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) took fourth in 1:53.19. FSU's top finisher in the women's 200 IM was sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) who finished sixth in 2:04.45.

Recording NCAA "B" cut times in the men's 50 free were Botha and Kennon who finished second (20.16) and fourth (20.28), respectively. The Seminoles' top finisher in the women's 50 free was King who placed 11th with a time of 23.89.

The Seminoles wrapped up the night recording two NCAA "B" cut times in the 400 medley relay. The men's team of Botha, Kennon and juniors Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) finished first with a time of 3:16.96. The women's squad also won as the team of Brick, Sparg, Grimes and senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) touched the wall in 3:41.30.

The Seminoles will be back in action tomorrow, Friday, November 17 as the Nike Cup continues with prelims starting at 10:00 a.m. and the finals at 6:00 p.m. The Nike Cup will conclude on Saturday, November 18.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Remains in First Place after Day Two of the Nike Cup.

The men are in first place with 770 points while the women are also in first with 639 points.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's (No. 16) and women's (No. 13) swimming and diving teams remain in first place after the conclusion of day two at the Nike Cup. The men's team leads with 770 points and is followed by Kentucky (463), Clemson (440), North Carolina (378), Virginia Tech (372), James Madison (80), East Carolina (78), Syracuse (22), NC State (17) and Miami (15). The women's team is in first place with 639 points and is followed by North Carolina (469.5), Clemson (450), Kentucky (373.5), Virginia Tech (371), Miami (151), East Carolina (142), Syracuse (32) and NC State (7).

The Seminoles picked up right where they left off as they swept the 200 medley relays. The women's team of freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and juniors Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) finished first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:41.90. The men's team then matched the women's win with one of their own as the team of juniors Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) and Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished first with a time of 1:29.71.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won the 100 breast and in the process recorded an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.52. Earlier in the day Brick went even faster in the prelims recording an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.17.

In the men's 100 back, the Seminoles went one-two as junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) won the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.69. He was followed closely by Powell who finished second with a time of 49.38. Powell also finished fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 49.47.

In the women's 100 fly, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) finished second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.47.

The Seminoles scored big points in the 200 free on both the men's and women's sides. For the men, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) won the race with a time of 1:38.21 and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished third with a time of 1:39.60. On the women's side sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) finished second in 1:50.38 and senior Romy Altamm (Cape Town, South Africa) finished fourth in 1:51.38. Altmann added a second place performance in the 100 back recording an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.71.

After winning the 500 free last night senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up another win taking the 400 IM in 3:54.74. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.) was the women's top finisher as she took third in 4:26.68.

The men's 100 breast proved to be another valuable point scoring event for the Seminoles as Jamerson finished second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.22 and senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished third in 55.63.

The Seminoles wrapped up the night with the 800 free relay. The women's team of Elias, sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) and freshmen Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Lindsay Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.) finished second with a time of 7:28.15. The men's team of Young and freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.), Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Lloyd Owens (Oviedo, Fla.) finished third with a time of 6:45.99.

The Nike Cup will concluded tomorrow, Saturday, November 18 with prelims beginning at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m.


FSU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Finish First at the Nike Cup.

The men's and women's teams won with 1104 and 929 points, respectively.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's (No. 16) and women's (No. 13) swimming and diving teams both finished in first place at the Nike Cup. The men won the team title with 1104 points and were followed by Kentucky (690), Clemson (605), Virginia Tech (568), North Carolina (567), East Carolina (105), James Madison (99), Miami (35), Syracuse (22), NC State (17). The women claimed their first with 929 points and were followed by North Carolina (711), Clemson (604), Kentucky (574), Virginia Tech (508), Miami (247), East Carolina (202), Syracuse (56) and NC State (7).

Senior Romy Altamm (Cape Town, South Africa) won the women's 200 back with an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:57.24.

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) then won the men's 200 back with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:45.10. He was followed closely by junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) who took second in 1:47.47.

Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) claimed another win for FSU taking the 100 free with a time of 44.72.

Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) and senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished first (2:15.84) and second (2:16.12) in the 200 breast and they both recorded NCAA "B" cut times.

In the men's 200 breast, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished second with a time of 2:02.63.

The Seminoles scored big points in the men's 1650 free as they finished two-three-four. All three recorded NCAA "B" cut times as junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished second (15:10.32), senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished third (15:14.65) and freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) finished fourth (15:26.07).

The women's team scored valuable points in the 200 fly as they finished two-three-four. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the way for FSU finishing second (2:01.26) and was followed by junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in third (2:02.26) and senior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) in fourth (2:03.28). Elias and Sparg recorded NCAA "B" cut times in the race.

In the men's 200 fly, Powell finished third with a time of 1:49.89 and was followed by senior Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.) in fourth (1:50.61).

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was FSU's top finisher in the women's 1650 free as she placed seventh with a time of 17:01.92.

Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) was the first Seminole to touch the wall in the women's 100 free as she finished eighth in 51.28.

Florida State wrapped up the night with the 400 free relay. The women's team of Elias, Altmann, Holderness and Grimes finished second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:24.05. The men's team of Botha, Kennon, sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished third with a time of 3:00.51.

The Seminoles will be back in action on Tuesday, November 21 when they take on Florida at home. The meet will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.


FLORIDA STATE 162, FLORIDA 138
11/21/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Knocks Off Nationally Ranked Florida.

For the first time in school history the FSU women's swimming and diving team defeated Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State No. 13 women's swimming and diving team made history at the Bobby E. Leach Center tonight as they defeated No. 6 Florida 162-138. It was the first time in school history that FSU has defeated Florida in women's swimming and diving. The FSU men's No. 16 team defeated No. 10 Florida 172-128.

"Florida has always been a great program," said head coach Neil Harper. "There has always been for many years a loss on our schedule and I think it was just a great opportunity that we had. Our kids rose to the occasion, I think all of them weren't necessarily firing on all cylinders but they really got excited about the meet and got excited about each other and got behind each other. It was just a great total team effort. The divers just did phenomenal. Every time we looked up on the board they were scoring great scores and winning."

"It was just a great team effort," said Harper. "We never stop believing that we could do it. Every time we won an event it just gave us more belief. It was a great result for us and a great thing for the program. The other thing too is a part from beating a top ten team, beating your instate rivals adds to it and I think the fun thing for these kids is that a lot of our kids know their kids and have been friends on clubs teams, USS teams and high school teams. So it is good for FSU to take a step forward, win more races and get the win."

FSU's women are now 1-31 all-time against Florida while the men are 23-36-1. The women improved to 5-0 on the season while the men improved to 3-0.

The Seminoles got off to a fast start winning both the men's and women's 200 medley relay. The women's team of sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) took first place with a time of 1:40.37. The men's squad of junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished first with a time of 1:29.79.

Brick had an outstanding performance in the 100 breast as she finished with an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.82. She also won the 200 breast with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:15.81.

Jamerson won the men's 100 breast with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.58 and followed the up with another win in the 200 breast, taking the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:59.22.

Florida State was dominant in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, scoring big points in both events. Raleigh led the way for the women as she won the 50 free (23.14) and 100 free (49.94) recording NCAA "B" cut times in both events. Kennon also won both sprint freestyle events for the men. He took first in the the 50 free in 20.70 and 100 free in 45.23.

Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up a win for the men in the 1000 free with a time of 9:05.84. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) registered another Seminole win as he took first place in the 100 back with a time of 48.98.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) picked up a win in the 200 back as she recorded an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:58.78. Altmann also finished second in the 100 back in 56.72.

Sparg has an impressive swim winning the 100 fly with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.56. She also recorded an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:01.65 as she finished second in the 200 fly.

FSU won all four diving events. For the women freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) won the 1M (282.45) and freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won the 3M (295.50). On the men's side freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) finished first on the 1M (310.80) and junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) finished first on the 3M (338.25).

The women wrapped up the night in similar fashion to the way they started it as the 400 free relay team of Grimes, Sparg, Altmann and Raleigh took first place with a time of 3:23.11. Raleigh, who anchored the leg enter the pool slightly behind and then proceed to run away with the relay which locked up the Seminole win.

The men's 400 free relay team of Botha, Kennon, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) and freshman Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) also finished first in the relay with a time of 3:01.78.

The Seminoles will head to Naples, Fla. for their annual training trip, December 29 through January 5. On January 4, FSU will take on Penn State at 6:00 p.m. in Naples, Fla. On January 6, FSU will return home to take on North Florida (W) and UNC-Wilmington (M&W). The meet will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.


FLORIDA STATE 143, NORTH FLORIDA 83
01/06/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Tri-Meet

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Defeat UNC-Wilmington and North Florida.

Terry Horner sets school records in one meter, and three meter diving.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It was a dream day for Florida State's freshman sensation Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) as he set not one, but two school records in a fast start to 2007. Horner broke the one-meter diving record with a six-dive total of 379.50, besting current teammate David Toffaletti (Charlotte, N.C.) who set the record at 375.25 in 2006. Later in the meet the three-meter mark fell as well when Horner scored 401.65. Horner's new mark smashed the old record of 380.92 which was set by All-American Louis Gagnet in 2003.

"Two school records at FSU isn't too shabby, "commented FSU Swimming & Diving Head Coach Neil Harper. "That's great for anybody that beats any school record at any time of the year. It was a heck of a performance."

The No. 6 ranked women's team took a pair of victories to improve to 7-0 by outscoring UNC-Wilmington 140-89, and besting North Florida 143-83. The No. 10 ranked men's team raked in the single victory to move to 4-0 as they defeated UNC-Wilmington 130-89. The victory was in little doubt as the Seminoles won every event in both men's and women's competition.

"I think it's good for us to come back from our training trip with a meet like this," Harper added. "The kids are fatigued and tired; they've really worked very hard. I think they are focused and they know that the conference meet is only a little ways away."

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won all three events she entered to lead the way for the women's squad. Her 400-yard medley relay team finished over seven seconds ahead of their nearest competition. Brick then went on to win the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.80, followed by four fellow Seminoles which were led by junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine), and freshman Stevi Steinhauer (Pensacola, Fla.). Brick's final victory came in the 100-yard breaststroke as she touched the wall ahead of sophomores Kylen Huntwork (Apex, N.C.) and Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.V.) with a winning time of 1:02.88.

The men's team was paced by senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands). Kennon began the day by swimming anchor on the triumphant 400-yard medley relay. He followed that by winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.20. Kennon's finale to the day was swimming second on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Powell's fast opening leg in the 400-yard medley relay put his team in the lead after the first leg, but his team would finish in second place to fellow Seminoles Kennon, Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.), Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.), and Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa). Powell's first victory came in the 100-yard butterfly as he touched the wall in 50.12 seconds. His second victory was a thriller as he beat Botha in the 100-yard backstroke by 0.26 seconds.

Freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won both of the diving events during the women's meet. Monden's top score in the one meter of 264.60 nabbed the "B" qualifying mark for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. In the three-meter diving, she took top billing with a score of 264.00, which was just shy of another qualifying mark.

"We have another great competition next weekend, and we have Auburn and Indian River on the horizon," Harper noted. "They realize that they have to start performing well, competing well, and getting used to racing fast in order to be competitive at the ACC meet. I think it was a good test, I think we did well and the team supported each other and it was a good performance."

The next event for the Seminoles' is a split-squad trip to LSU on January 12th at 10:00 a.m. The men's team and part of the women's team will travel to Harper's alma mater to take on the LSU Tigers, who are ranked 25th in the men's poll, but unranked in the women's poll. The other part of the women's team will be in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Morning News Classic, hosted by Southern Methodist University. The meet will be held on January 12th and 13th with events beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The next home meet will be a January 26th meet against Indian River Community College. The meet will start at 4:00 p.m. The next day is Senior Day as the Seminoles play host the Auburn Tigers who are ranked third in both the men's and women's collegeswimming.com polls. The Auburn meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. All home meets are held at the Bobby E. Leach Center and admission is free.


FLORIDA STATE 140, UNC-WILMINGTON 89
01/06/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Tri-Meet

FLORIDA STATE 180, LOUISIANA STATE 120
01/12/2007, BATON ROUGE, LA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Splits With Tigers.

The women's swimming and diving team won 180-120, but the men's team fell to LSU 146-154.

BATON ROUGE, LA - Florida State's No.7 ranked women's swimming and diving team continued their undefeated 8-0 season by defeating unranked Louisiana State 180-120. Neil Harper's homecoming to his alma mater LSU was not as sweet as he had hoped for as the No. 11 ranked Seminole men's team lost to No. 25 Louisiana State in the morning meet 146-154. Immediately following the meet, nine student-athletes departed from Baton Rouge to travel to Dallas, Texas for the Dallas Morning News Classic which begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. CST.

The women's team was paced by 2006 ACC Rookie of the Year sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.). Raleigh won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle events with NCAA "B" cut times of 23.14 and 50.32, respectively. The 200-yard medley relay, comprised of Raleigh, ACC performer of the week senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) took the victory in an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:42.82. Brick also took a victory in the 100 Breaststroke with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.81.

"We were kind of wondering how the meet would go with LSU winning two of the first three events," said Head Coach Neil Harper about the women's meet. "We had a few people step up, the breaststrokers were strong. Lauren Brick was feeling a little under the weather, but still managed to get a key win in the 100 breaststroke."

Freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) notched her fifth win of the season in the 200-yard butterfly by finishing in a time of 2:03.38. Coming in with a time of 2:02.46, senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) backed her way into a victory in the 200-yard backstroke Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) touched the wall in 2:18.74 to take the victory in the 200-yard breaststroke, she later would finish the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:06.13 to complete a two victory day. Sparg doubled her victories as well, when she took the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.51.

"Collectively they stayed strong and had some wins which is very important," added Coach Harper. "About two thirds of the way through the meet we knew that we had the meet in hand."

The final event win of the day for the Seminoles' came from freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) who led two other Seminoles to a win-place-show trifecta in a time of 4:57.03. Guyler was followed by sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) and junior Linsday Kenney (Plano, Texas) who touched the wall in times of 4:57.73 and 5:03.32, respectively.

The men's team was led by a pair of freshmen who both took a duo of event wins. ACC Performer of the Week, Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) picked up where he left off last week by winning both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. His scores of 344.92 and 327.97 were both above the NCAA Zone qualifying standards.

"We're just at that phase in our training where we're training very hard and our kids are very fatigued," commented Coach Harper after the men's loss. "It's really a tough test this time of the year to come on the road, and we knew that coming in. They had four really good guys that won eight events between them. But when they would step up and win, our guys would get second, third and fourth. We had some kids keep us in the meet. The divers went one, two, three in the last event (three-meter diving)."

Freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.) played the second half of the men's dynamic duo as he won both breaststroke events. Scott's time of 57.18 gave him first place in the 100-yard breaststroke followed by senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) who clocked in for second place at 52.88. In the 200-yard breaststroke Thacker again took the win with a time of 2:04.78.

"Realistically we would claw back and they would chip ahead again," added Coach Harper. "Hats off to their guys, they had their top four guys, and we had our depth, but we couldn't find an individual answer for those guys."

Eight swimmers and one diver from the men's team will compete on Friday and Saturday night at the Dallas Morning News Classic in Dallas, Texas. The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST each evening, with live stats available at www.smumustangs.cstv.com.

The next competition for the Seminoles is a January 26th home encounter with Indian River Community College. The Friday meet takes place at 4:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center, and is a prelude to the January 27th meet with the third ranked Auburn Tigers. The Auburn match-up takes place at 11:00 a.m. in the Bobby E. Leach Center. Admission to both meets is free.


FLORIDA STATE 153, INDIAN RIVER CC 80
01/26/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Bests Indian River Community College.

The Seminoles defeated the Pioneers in prelude to the Auburn match on Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State swimming and diving team upended the Pioneers from Indian River Community College 153-80 in women's competition and 132-106 in the men's competition. With the win, the seventh ranked women's team preserves their spotless 9-0 record. The victory for the 15th ranked men's team improves their record to 5-1 on the season.

The women's team was paced by sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) who won her first events of the season with the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley victories, with times of 1:52.29 and 4:25.93 respectively. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) turned in a fast time of 51.71 to win the 100 freestyle that impressed many.

"Abbie King's 50 free really stood out for me," commented head coach Neil Harper. "I thought that was a real good swim. That's been an event that she's been struggling with for the past couple years, she has really had the identity of a 50 (yard freestyle) swimmer. That really stood out to me because that was a really fast swim for her."

Junior distance swimmer Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) delivered two victories in the 500 and 1,000 Freestyle events. He touched the wall in times of 4:32.11 and 9:00.22. Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won both the one and three meter diving events with six dive NCAA Zone standard totals of 342.22, and 380.33. Senior Alex Kennon (Orlando, Fla.) took a victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:39.82, he then went on to take second place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.39.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) joined the ranks of the dual victors by winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.01 and the 100-yard breaststroke in a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.60. Sophomore sensation Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) took top pegging in the 100 butterfly and was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay with times of 54.57 and 3:30.59.

"I just told the team," added coach Harper, "that when they were youngsters growing up in swimming that they dreamed of big meets. You dream of the Olympics, you dream of the NCAA's, you dream of the conference meets and junior nationals. A lot of kids when they think about going to college, they dream about being in a dual meet with the defending men's and women's national champions. I told them that tomorrow is a gift that you don't get to swim the defending national champions that often. We need to be prepared, be ready and give it our best tomorrow."

The Seminoles will return to the water a mere 17 hours after the Indian River victory with a dual meet against the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. The Tigers are ranked second in the women's poll and third in the men's poll recently released by collegeswimming.com. The meet begins on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the meet, the seniors will be recognized for their contributions. The meet will be held at the Bobby E. Leach center and admission is free.


AUBURN 129, FLORIDA STATE 112
01/27/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Falls to Auburn.

The women's team falls from the ranks of the unbeaten with the 129-112 loss, while the men's team loses 133-108.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Seventeen hours after defeating Indian River Community College on Friday afternoon, Florida State returned to the Bobby E. Leach center to face the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. The 15th ranked men's team fell by a 133-108 margin to the third ranked Tigers, while the seventh ranked women's team lost 129-112 to the number two ranked Auburn squad.

The top swimmer for the men's team was junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) who swept both distance events. He also won the 200-yard freestyle. Young began the day by winning the 1650-yard freestyle with a NCAA "B" cut time of 15:28.67. He came back a mere three minutes later to claim the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.45.

"That was just an iron man performance," commented Head Coach Neil Harper. "To swim the mile, and win it and then get out, then about three minutes later and win the 200 freestyle. I think most of our coaches and the team looked at that with disbelief. It was a really impressive double. Then to come back and win the 500 freestyle. I think that is really a credit to him, his work ethic and he should be excited about the rest of his season.

Young's third victory came in the 500 freestyle where he clocked in with another NCAA "B" cut time of 4:29.10.

Top honors on the women's side came for sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.). Raleigh won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events in NCAA "B" cut times of 22.83 and 50.27, respectively. Raleigh's presence was also felt as she swam the lead off leg on the 200-yard medley relay team that won with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:41.49. The 200-yard medley relay team was rounded out by senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa), and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine).

Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) notched another NCAA Zone qualifying mark in the one-meter diving event. His six-dive total of 378.83 was enough to take the victory. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) took top pegging in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:48.69.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) celebrated senior day with a victory in the 200-yard backstroke. Her NCAA "B" cut time 2:00.18 was her first of 2007. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) swam her third NCAA "B" cut time of the season in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.34. Freshman diver Katie Sirounis (Inner Harbor Beach, Fla.) completed her first sweep of the season by winning both the one and three meter diving events. Her score of 254.93 in the one meter only missed zone qualifying standards by seven hundereths of a point, while her three-meter score of 270.53 provisionally qualified her for NCAA Zone championships.

"I was really excited about our kids," added Harper. "We went against the defending national champions from last year and our kids didn't back down. We won quite a few races and we were competitive. Where we are in our season, we're in heavy training. I was excited the way our kids fought for every race and fought for every place. They stayed positive and really gave all for the battle today."

The Seminoles will now prepare for the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. The women's meet begins on February 14th and ends the 17th. The men will compete from February 21st through the 24th. The ACC Diving Championships for the men's and women's teams will be held February 14th through the 17th in Durham, N.C.


ACC CHAMPIONSHIP, 2nd place
02/17/2007, February 14-17, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State In Second Place After Day One of the 2007 Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Seminoles win 200-yard Medley relay and finish fourth in 800-yard freestyle.

Feb. 14, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Florida State Swimming and Diving began the 2007 Women's ACC Championships with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay and a fourth place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team lies in second place only two points back of North Carolina.

Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) swam a blistering fast anchor leg time of 22.66 seconds to punch a ticket for the NCAA Championships in the 200-yard medley relay. The team's time of 1:39.20 was an NCAA automatic qualifying time, UNC pool record time and the second fastest in ACC Championship history. Sophomore Christie Raleigh, (Tom's River, N.J) senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) rounded out the team that is headed to Minneapolis. The ACC Championship marks the seventh title of Raleigh's career. Brick earned her sixth ACC gold medal, Sparg and King each won thier second career titles.

In the opening event of the meet, the Seminoles finished fourth in the 800-yard freestyle with an NCAA "B" cut time of 17:21.09. Bad luck struck as senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) lost her goggles as she swam the second leg of the race. Freshman Kylsie Grimes, (Hartland, Wisc.) junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) and sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) filled out the team. Top honors went to host North Carolina.

"The 800-freestyle relay was a mixed bag," commented Head Coach Neil Harper. "Kylsie went out and had a good swim, then Romy lost her goggles in the race and that was upsetting for her. I think it was difficult for us in race strategy to get back into it, but our team is strong and the rest of the team rallied together for the next relay. To finish like that with a pool record, NCAA automatic qualifying time was a good way to finish. To be in second place is good, and now we look forward to starting the rest of the meet."

With 72 points, the Seminoles are only two points behind first place host North Carolina. Florida State holds a six-point margin over third place Virginia with two events complete. Competition continues at North Carolina's Koury Natatorium with preliminary events on Thursday February 15 at 10:00 a.m. Finals begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.


Florida State Places Three Swimmers In Day 2 Finals At 2007 ACC Women's Swimming Championships.

At least eleven Seminole swimmers will compete in the night session.

Feb. 15, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The action got started for real as individual preliminaries kicked off at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday February 15, 2007. The seventh ranked Seminoles sit in second place after two events of the 2007 ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) swam a NCAA "B" cut time of 22.88 in the 50-yard freestyle. She is seeded second for the finals. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) also made the cut for the 50-yard freestyle final. Her time of 23.45 nabbed her the eighth and final slot for the finals. The other qualifier for the finals was freshman Jennifer Guyler, (Palm Harbor, Fla.) She made the cut for the 500-yard freestyle in an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:52.84. Guyler holds the fifth seed for the finals which begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) qualified for the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.09, which was only 15 one-hundereths of a second shy of qualifying for the finals. The duo of freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) made the cut for the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley. Straton's 13th place time of 2:04.05 was under the NCAA "B" cut standards. Holderness finished the preliminary round in 14th place with a time of 2:04.16. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) both made the consolation final for the 50-yard freestyle. Grimes qualified 14th with a time of 23.57. King finished a mere two hundereths behind Grimes in 16th with a time of 23.59 seconds.

In the 500-yard freestyle, junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) finished the preliminary round in 18th, placing her in the bonus final with a time of 4:59.00. Sophomore Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) is the first alternate as a result of her 25th place finish in the preliminaries. Her time of 5:02.89 was only two hundereths shy of the cut line. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) finished her preliminary swim in 17th place with a time of 2:04.66. She will compete in the bonus final. Junior Lauren Sparg's (Durban, South Africa) 23.73 second time places her in the bonus final as the 18th seed.

Day two finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. The 500-yard freestyle will kick off the evening, which will be followed by the 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Finals will also take place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the men's three-meter diving and women's one-meter diving during the night session. If you can't make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service.


Florida State Women's Swimming and Diving In Second Place After Day Two of ACC Championships.

Raleigh wins 50 Freestyle, Guyler, Horner, and 200-yard freestyle relay claim All-ACC honors.

Feb. 15, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the second day of the 2007 ACC Championships in the same position that they began, in second place, but now with 200 points. The Seminoles still trail host North Carolina, but now by a 62 point margin.

Sophomore sprinter Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) won her second consecutive ACC title in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA "A" cut time of 22.67. This is the eighth ACC gold medal for Raleigh and her second of the meet.

"Christie did what she wanted to do, and what we are accustomed to seeing her do," commented head coach Neil Harper. "She had a good preliminary swim, but then stepped it up to win the race. We were all excited for her and that was another positive moment for our team to get excited about."

In addition to Raleigh's championship swim, three other Seminoles placed in the points in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished in sixth position with a time of 23.44. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) both scored points in the consolation final with 11th and 16th place finishes. King finished in an NCAA "B" cut time of 23.37. Grimes' time of 23.61 was just shy of NCAA standards.

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) claimed All-ACC honors and the silver medal in a dramatic come from behind performance that saw her tied for last place early in the race. Guyler's kick proved to be pivotal as she closed the deficit to finish in second place in a time of 4:49.98. Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) placed second in the consolation final to give her a 10th place finish and seven points towards the team results. Her time of 4:40.96 bettered her preliminary time by over four seconds.

"For a freshamn, she swam a real smart race," added head coach Harper. "Strategy is everything, in the sprints you have to give everything from the gun. In the 500, that's a long way and you can't go off to hard. I think she swam her race, she knows what she is good at and what she's got to do. She paced it well, she was in eighth after the 50 (yards). But, we knew that she had a strong finish and she picked them off a 50 and 100 at a time. That was a great first day for her as a freshman, and a real boost for us as a team."

Freshman diver Aleia Monden (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished fourth in the women's one-meter diving event with a score of 273.60. Freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) finished in 11th place with a score of 244.80 in the preliminary round. Sophomore Carissa Hanna (Churchville, Pa.) made a good showing with a score of 219.60 to finish in 17th place, one position out of the points.

The final event of the night was the most exciting. The Seminole squad in the 200-yard freestyle relay finished in second place in a school record, NCAA "B" cut time of 1:31.12, a mere three-one hundereths of a second off the winning time put in by Clemson. Brick, Grimes,King and Raleigh turned in the All-ACC performance.

The men's diving team put all five divers in the points paying places for the three-meter diving event. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won his first All-ACC honor by scoring 398.90 points in a runner up performance on the three meter board. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) matched his 2006 performance on the three-meter board with a fourth place finish. Tilbrook's score of 363.10 is his highest total of the season. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed seventh in the final with 342.68 points. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored 303.65 points in the preliminary round to nab him the 12th place. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed 15th with 270.80 points, it is the highest finish for Jones in his career at he ACC Championships.

"I think that for us, our team depth will come through for us tomorrow (day three) and on day four," added head coach Harper. "We realize that North Carolina is the home team, and they are doing well; and that's good for them. We didn't win the championship last year for nothing. We won a battle last year with Clemson and Virginia. We're excited now, we've sort of woken up and realized that we are swimming and competing well. I think tomorrow will be a big day for us to see if we can claw back and get closer to the top."

Day three of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Diving preliminaries will begin at 1:00 with men's one-meter, followed at 2:45 with the women's three-meter. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.


Florida State Women's Swimming and Diving In Second Place After Day Two of ACC Championships.

Raleigh wins 50 Freestyle, Guyler, Horner, and 200-yard freestyle relay claim All-ACC honors.

Feb. 15, 2007

Chapel Hill, NC - The Florida State women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the second day of the 2007 ACC Championships in the same position that they began, in second place, but now with 200 points. The Seminoles still trail host North Carolina, but now by a 62 point margin.

Sophomore sprinter Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) won her second consecutive ACC title in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA "A" cut time of 22.67. This is the eighth ACC gold medal for Raleigh and her second of the meet.

"Christie did what she wanted to do, and what we are accustomed to seeing her do," commented head coach Neil Harper. "She had a good preliminary swim, but then stepped it up to win the race. We were all excited for her and that was another positive moment for our team to get excited about."

In addition to Raleigh's championship swim, three other Seminoles placed in the points in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished in sixth position with a time of 23.44. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) both scored points in the consolation final with 11th and 16th place finishes. King finished in an NCAA "B" cut time of 23.37. Grimes' time of 23.61 was just shy of NCAA standards.

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) claimed All-ACC honors and the silver medal in a dramatic come from behind performance that saw her tied for last place early in the race. Guyler's kick proved to be pivotal as she closed the deficit to finish in second place in a time of 4:49.98. Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) placed second in the consolation final to give her a 10th place finish and seven points towards the team results. Her time of 4:40.96 bettered her preliminary time by over four seconds.

"For a freshamn, she swam a real smart race," added head coach Harper. "Strategy is everything, in the sprints you have to give everything from the gun. In the 500, that's a long way and you can't go off to hard. I think she swam her race, she knows what she is good at and what she's got to do. She paced it well, she was in eighth after the 50 (yards). But, we knew that she had a strong finish and she picked them off a 50 and 100 at a time. That was a great first day for her as a freshman, and a real boost for us as a team."

Freshman diver Aleia Monden (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished fourth in the women's one-meter diving event with a score of 273.60. Freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) finished in 11th place with a score of 244.80 in the preliminary round. Sophomore Carissa Hanna (Churchville, Pa.) made a good showing with a score of 219.60 to finish in 17th place, one position out of the points.

The final event of the night was the most exciting. The Seminole squad in the 200-yard freestyle relay finished in second place in a school record, NCAA "B" cut time of 1:31.12, a mere three-one hundereths of a second off the winning time put in by Clemson. Brick, Grimes,King and Raleigh turned in the All-ACC performance.

The men's diving team put all five divers in the points paying places for the three-meter diving event. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won his first All-ACC honor by scoring 398.90 points in a runner up performance on the three meter board. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) matched his 2006 performance on the three-meter board with a fourth place finish. Tilbrook's score of 363.10 is his highest total of the season. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed seventh in the final with 342.68 points. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored 303.65 points in the preliminary round to nab him the 12th place. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed 15th with 270.80 points, it is the highest finish for Jones in his career at he ACC Championships.

"I think that for us, our team depth will come through for us tomorrow (day three) and on day four," added head coach Harper. "We realize that North Carolina is the home team, and they are doing well; and that's good for them. We didn't win the championship last year for nothing. We won a battle last year with Clemson and Virginia. We're excited now, we've sort of woken up and realized that we are swimming and competing well. I think tomorrow will be a big day for us to see if we can claw back and get closer to the top."

Day three of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Diving preliminaries will begin at 1:00 with men's one-meter, followed at 2:45 with the women's three-meter. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Places Ten Swimmers in Finals at Day Three of ACC Championships.

Brick and Sparg set meet records in the morning session.

Feb. 16, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State Swimming and Diving team put themselves in position to move to the top on moving day at the 2007 ACC Championships. After day two, the second placed Seminoles trailed host North Carolina by 62 points. In the Friday morning session, ten swimmers qualified for the finals, four qualified for the consolation final and three Seminoles will compete in the bonus final.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) set new school, meet, and pool records in the 100-yard breaststroke by touching the wall in an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:00.51. She enters the finals as the top seed in the event that she won last year. Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) made the finals as the fourth seed with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.01. Freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) became the third Seminole in the final as she swam the seventh best time of 1:03.83.

Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) tied the meet record, set a new pool record and cemented her place at NCAA nationals in the 100-yard butterfly with a blistering fast time of 53.45. She will be the top seed entering the final. Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) will join Sparg in the final. Raleigh, the defending ACC Champion in the event, swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.55 to earn the three seed. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Pheonix, Ariz.) placed ninth in the preliminary round, placing her in the consolation final. Her time of 56.04 was only four one-hundereths of a second shy of making the final. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick Maine) will swim the bonus final after she swam a 57.12 time to place 18th.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) secured the third seed in the 100-yard backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.74. Junior Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) secured points as she will compete in the consolation final. Following the preliminary round, she is seeded twelfth, touching the wall in 57.41 seconds. Junior Kate Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.) will swim the night session in the bonus final after finishing in 23rd position with a time of 58.54.

Two Seminoles will swim the 200-yard freestyle final. Altmann nabbed the seventh seed with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.87. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) finished one spot back in eighth with an NCAA "B" time of 1:49.94. Junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) finished 18th to put herself in the consolation final. Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) qualified for the bonus final with a time of 1:51.81 as the 19th seed.

In the day's opening event, the 400-yard individual medley, two Seminoles made the final. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) placed second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:21.36. Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) seeded seventh with a time of 4:25.30. Apearing in the consolation final is sophomore Meredith Martelle. (Charlotte, N.C.) Her time of 4:27.57 places her in eleventh going into the night session.

Day three finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. The 400-yard individual medley will begin the eventing which will be followed by the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke. Finals will also take place in the 400-yard medley relay, the men's one-meter diving and women's three-meter diving during the night session. If you can't make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Win's Four ACC Titles On Day Three Of ACC Championships.

Seminoles in second place after three days of competition.

Feb. 16, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Florida State swimming and diving captured titles in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, and 400-yard medley relay. With three days complete, the Seminoles trail host North Carolina by 52 points. Their total of 445 points is over 100 clear of 3rd place Virginia.

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) and Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) swept the top of the podium in the 100-yard butterfly. Raleigh touched the wall in a time of 53.00 seconds, setting new a new meet record, a new school record, successfully defending her 2006 title and automatically qualifying her for NCAA Nationals. Sparg finished in second to earn All-ACC honors with a time of 53.28, also eclipsing the previous meet and school record. With the time, Lauren will compete at the NCAA nationals in the event. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Pheonix Arizona) finished in 12th in a time of 56.38 seconds.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) won the most thrilling race of the night to claim the ACC Championship in the 100-yard backstroke. Her time of 55.14 was an NCAA "B" cut and a new school record. She won by three one hundereths of a second. Junior Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) placed 11th in the event with a time of 57.12.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won her third consecutive 100-yard breaststroke title by swimming a 1:00.57, an NCAA "A" cut. Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) placed fourth with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:02.81. Freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) rounded out the three Seminoles in the final as she finished eighth with a time of 1:03.91.

The 400-yard medley relay team turned in a conference record time of 3:39.15 to provisionally qualify for NCAA nationals in the event. The team consisted of Altmann, Brick, Sparg and Raleigh. The title is the fourth career and second of the night for Altmann. Brick earns her sixth career ACC Championship and third of the meet. The title is the fourth for Sparg, and the tenth for Raleigh who is one title shy of tying Emma Dutton for the school record in ACC championships with eleven.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Altmann made her opening swim of the night to finish fourth in an NCAA "B" cut time 56.38. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) turned in a seventh place finish in a tie of 1:50.39. Junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:50.21 to place 11th.

In diving, freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) placed fifth on the three-meter board with a score of 280.65. Freshman Aleia Monden (Honolulu, Hawaii) earned 252.20 points to finish in 12th place. Sophomore Carissa Hanna (Churchville, Pa.) finished 13th with 239.20 points.

In the men's one meter diving event, Florida State placed two divers in the top eight. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.)finished fifth with a score of 325.80. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) placed seventh with 319.20 points. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) failed to make the finals and finished in ninth place with 293.85 points. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) finished in 12th place, scoring team points with a score of 267.45. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished in 20th place with a score of 235.05.

The final day of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. Platform diving will take place beginning at 10:00 am from the Taishoff Aquatic Center at Duke University. The first three heats of the 1650-yard Freestyle will start at 5:00, with the fourth final taking place as a part of the night session. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Places Ten Swimmers in Finals at Day Three of ACC Championships.

Seminoles in position to fight Tar Heels for conference title.

Feb. 17, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The final day of the 2007 Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships will be a thriller as Florida State and North Carolina are poised to fight for the title. Entering the final night of competition, the Seminoles trail the Tar Heels by 52 points. Sixteen Seminoles will swim in events to earn points.

Three Seminoles will swim the 200-yard breaststroke final for Florida State. Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) took the three seed in a NCAA "B" cut time of 2:15.95. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston,W.V.) checked in with a time of 2:16.52 to claim the fifth seed. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) will look to sweep the breaststroke events as she makes the final in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:17.52. She is the eighth seed. Seminole freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) will swim the consolation final to score points for the garnet and gold. Their times of 2:18.70 and 2:19.13 give them the tenth and 13th seeds respectively.

Three Seminoles will swim the finals of the the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) claimed the second qualifying spot in the event with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:01.14. Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) will go from the fifth seed with her time of 2:01.32. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Pheonix, Ariz.) claimed the eighth qualifying spot with a time of 2:03.17.

Two Seminoles made the finals in the 200-yard backstroke. Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) and Junior Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) took the first and last qualifying spots in the final respectively. Altmann swam a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:58.80 while Rademacher touched the wall in a time of 2:01.92. Junior Kate Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.) will also swim in the night session as the 19th seed in the bonus consolation final. Skaggs checked in with a time of 2:05.23.

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) will represent the Seminoles in the 100-yard freestyle final. Her NCAA "B" cut time of 50.21 gives her the third seed. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) took the ninth seed with a time of 51.08 seconds. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) will join King in the consolation final. Her time of 51.24 gives her the 13th seed.

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) will swim in the final of the 1650-yard freestyle. She holds the second best time in the conference in the event which does not hold a preliminary round.

Day four finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. Finals will be held in the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly events. The final event of the meet will be the 400-yard freestyle relay. If you can't make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at 2007 Women's ACC Championships.

Ralrigh claims best swimmer award and gold, Altmann sweeps backstroke events.

Feb. 17, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Florida State swimming and diving finished second at the 2007 women's ACC Championships. The Seminoles scored 642.5 points in the runner up-finish to host North Carolina. At the meet, Seminole swimmers won eight gold medals, and claimed All-ACC honors six times. Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) earned the ACC Top Swimmer honors.

"I think it's a well deserved award," commented Head Coach Neil Harper on the performance of Raleigh. Anyone that steps up and wins three individual events and two relay golds is deserving. A couple of "A" cuts is very valuable. Our team was just great and for her to lead the way that she did was just outstanding."

In the 200-yard freestyle, Raleigh took top marks with an NCAA "B" cut time of 49.46. The title is her fifth of the meet and eleventh of her career, which ties her for the School record of Emma Dutton. Junoir Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) touched the wall in 51.24 to claim thirteenth place. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) took fifteenth place with a time of 51.68.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) took her second consecutive 200-yard backstroke title with a NCAA "A" cut time of 1:57.08. With the title, Altmann sweeps the backstroke events giving the South African national three gold medals in the meet, and five in her career. Junior Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) finished eighth in the final with a time of 2:01.76.

"One of the things I was most proud of was that we didn't quit," commented coach Harper. "It's always the unknown, but these kids never quit, they supported each other, they cheered for each other. They gave it their all.

Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) earned the silver medal All-ACC honors in the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:59.47. Junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) claimed All-ACC honors in her bronze medal performance in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:00.46. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Pheonix, Ariz.) finished eighth with a time of 2:06.34.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) claimed All-ACC honors with a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a NCAA "B" cut time of 2:15.51. Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) claimed fifth with a time of 2:16.26. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) finished sixth with a time of 2:16.81. Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) took the tenth position via the consolation final with a time of 2:19.58. Freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) took the 12th place with a time of 2:18.38.

The team of King, Grimes, Altmann and Raleigh took the bronze medal in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team clocked in with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:22.32 in the closing event of the night.

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.)finished ninth with a time of 16:50.84 in the 1650-yard freestyle. The other entry for the Seminoles in the event was sophomore Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) who clocked in with a time of 17:11.37. Her time was good for 18th place.

"We gave ourselves an excellent opportunity," added coach Harper. "By far we were the team with the most swimmers in the finals tonight, and we had the opportunity to claw back. I was proud of our team, I gotta hand it to them that they didn't quit. FSU scored almost a hundred more points than last year. We did what we were supposed to do. Sometimes you can't control what other teams do."

The next event for the women's swimming and diving team is NCAA Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn. The event will run March 8-10. The men's team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Tuesday February 20 for the ACC Championships which begin the following day. The four day championship meet runs through the 24th. It will be held at North Carolina's Koury Natatorium.


500-Yard Freestyle
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Place  Name                             Time
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  2    Jen Guyler                    4:49.98                                                   


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP, 17th place
03/10/2007, March 8-10, 2007, Minneapolis, MN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Women's 400 Medley Relay Earns Honorable Mention All-American Honors.

The Seminoles' 400 medley relay team of Altmann, Brick, Sparg, and Raleigh finished 10th.

March 8, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - For the second consecutive year and the third time in the last four years, Florida State earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 400-yard medley relay at the NCAA National Championships held at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The team of senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) finished second in the "B: final and in 10th place overall. The team shaved over a second off the school and conference record time that they set in the morning session with a mark of 3:36.98.

It was a very fast race for us, said Head Coach Neil Harper. "Romy took it out in a new school record time for the 100 back of 54.39. Lauren (Brick) went 58.68 which is the fastest split in school history. Lauren (Sparg) swam a 53.44 and we were already ahead of our morning time. Christie brought it home faster than she did in the morning with a time of 49.47, a great anchor leg. Just a great performance to get 14 points. It was a great way to end the first day of competition."

The relay scored the only points for the Seminoles in the Thursday night session. Florida State is in 19th place with 14 points. Arizona leads the meet with 168 points.

In the preliminary round, the team swam a time of 3:38.31 to secure the 10th seed and a trip to the consolation final. In the 2006 championships, the relay team which consisted of Altmann, Brick, Raleigh and current graduate assistant coach Carrie Ellis finished in ninth place with a time of 3:39.01, which were new school and conference records that were bested by this year's team.

"Our girls went out and swam a new school record in the morning," added coach Harper. "They bettered the school record that they set earlier in the season and usually that would have been good enough to get in the final, but the competition is so much better this year."

Two Seminoles competed in the 50-yard freestyle. Two-time defending ACC Champion in the event, Raleigh improved on her finish last year at nationals in the event with a 24th place showing with a time of 22.72. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) also improved on her 2006 showing at nationals by placing 52nd with a time of 23.38.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay prelim, the Florida State relay squad of Brick, Raleigh, freshman Kylsie Grimes (Heartland, Wisc.) and King touched the wall in a time of 1:31.66, more than a half second off their fast time of the year which came at the ACC Championships. The Seminoles claimed 19th place, 78 hundredths of a second out of 16th place which would have qualified the team for the "B" final.

Day two of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving National Championships will resume Friday with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m central standard time. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 200 medley relay (Raleigh, Brick, Sparg, King), 100 fly (Raleigh and Sparg), 200 free (Grimes), 100 breast (Brick) and 100 back (Altmann).


FSU's Brick Earns All-American Honors At NCAA Swimming And Diving Championships.

200-yard medley relay earns Honorable Mention All-American honors with 11th place finish.

March 9, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Senior captain Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) earned her second consecutive All-American honor in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.55 to claim 5th place at the second day of the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship meet. It is the best finish for any Seminole student-athlete in the event.

"I'm really proud of her," said Head Coach Neil Harper. "It was a great accomplishment to get All-American honors in her best event. She earned All-American honors last year in the same event, then went out and qualified eighth this morning. It was a great swim tonight and I'm so happy for her. It was a great way for us to finish the night."

A Seminole relay team claimed Honorable Mention All-American honors for the second consecutive night. The 200-yard medley relay team finished in 11th place. The team of sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.), Brick, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) touched the wall in a time of 1:39.95.

"That has always been a good event for us," said Harper. We went very fast this morning and we were a little upset that we did not make the top eight, but we made the best of it. We had very safe exchanges, we actually out-swam all the other teams, but our exchanges were too safe and we lost time there. Their splits were very good. I was excited about their swim and it got us off to a great start in the evening session."

At the conclusion of two days of the competition, Florida State is in 15th place with 40 points. Arizona leads the meet with 375 points.

Two Seminoles competed in the 100-yard butterfly. The two-time defending ACC Champion in the event, Raleigh, finished 18th with a time of 53.70. With the finish, she was the second alternate for the "B" Final, but did not swim the night session. Sparg improved on her 33rd place finish in the 2006 championships by placing 19th in a time of 53.79, just behind teammate Raleigh.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) claimed 34th place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.17. The event was Altmann's first individual appearance at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Heartland, Wisc.) made her first appearance at the national meet with a 66th place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. She touched the wall with a time of 1:50.75.

The final day of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving National Championships will begin Saturday with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m CST. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 400-yard freestyle relay (King, Altmann, Grimes, Raleigh), 200-yard backstroke (Altmann), 100-yard freestyle (Raleigh, Grimes), 200-yard breaststroke (Brick) and 200-yard butterfly (Sparg).


FSU's Altmann Earns All-American Honors At Final Day Of Women's NCAA Swimming And Diving Championships.

Florida State claims 17th place overall with 52 points.

March 10, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) earned her first career All-American honor in the 200-yard backstroke with a new school and ACC record time of 1:55.36 to claim seventh place at the final day of the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship meet. The six-athlete team finished in 17th place with a score of 52 points. The Seminoles finish the meet as the top ranked team from the ACC.

"That was a real great swim for her," said Head Coach Neil Harper. "That was an unbelievable way for her to finish her career and for us to finish the meet. Our seniors went out on a high note and did everyone proud."

Altmann is the first Seminole All-American in a backstroke event since Meg McCully and Kim Foster each earned All-American honors in 1982. In the morning's prelim session, Altmann touched the wall with a time of 1:55.69 best her 2006 school record. That record fell in the night session as Altmann cemented her place in the Florida State history books.

"She has had a great three years here. What a way to finish by breaking so many school records here at the biggest meet of the college season. She has really helped us keep our national ranking and keep us in the top-20. To come out with a swim like that and become an All-American in your final event of your career is something to be proud of.

In her final swim as a Seminole, senior captain Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished 29th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.83. Brick ends her career at Florida State with three All-American honors, two Honorable Mention All-American honors, six ACC Championships, four ACC Performer of the Week Honors and an ACC team championship in 2006.

"Lauren has been a great leader for this team," said Harper. "She really learned and trusted the system and we forged a great relationship which is the secret to every great swimmer and diver. I'm really going to miss her because I've grown to know her and like her and appreciate everything she has done for me and my coaching career. She's been a great inspiration to all of us and has led by example. I'm really happy for her and I know that she's going to be a Seminole for life."

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Heartland, Wisc.) competed in the 100-yard freestyle. Raleigh touched the wall in a time of 49.81 to claim 29th place. Grimes finished her first NCAA Championships with a 70th place finish with a time of 51.58.

In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) earned a 38th place finish in a time of 2:03.09. The 400-yard freestyle relay team finished out of the points with a 23rd place effort. The team of Raleigh, Altmann, Grimes and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) touched the wall with a time of 3:23.94. At the ACC Championships, the same team claimed the bronze medal.

"The six girls that were here just did a really good job of coming together and extending their seasons," added Harper. "It's been good coming; we really had a really successful dual meet season with some great wins. We had a great ACC season. Sometimes it's hard to come and perform again at the NCAA Championships only three weeks later, but our girls did great and we put FSU back in the top-20 again. I'm really proud of these girls."

The meet concludes 2006-2007 women's season. The final event of the men's season is the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships which will also be held at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The championship meet runs March 15-17.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Team Results                                                                                                                                                                                     
 1. Auburn                535                                                                                                                                                                           
 2. Arizona               477                                                                                                                                                                           
 3. California            372.5                                                                                                                                                                         
 4. Stanford              333                                                                                                                                                                           
 5. Georgia               290                                                                                                                                                                           
 6. Texas                 220                                                                                                                                                                           
 7. Florida               203                                                                                                                                                                           
 8. Texas A&M             198                                                                                                                                                                           
 9. Michigan              191                                                                                                                                                                           
10. Tennessee             127                                                                                                                                                                           
11. Indiana               109.5                                                                                                                                                                         
12. Kentucky               92                                                                                                                                                                           
13. Minnesota              59                                                                                                                                                                           
14. Southern Methodist     58                                                                                                                                                                           
15. Cal-Los Angeles        55.5                                                                                                                                                                         
16. Arizona State          55                                                                                                                                                                           
17. Florida State          52                                                                                                                                                                           
    Louisiana State        52                                                                                                                                                                           
19. Miami                  48                                                                                                                                                                           
20. Purdue                 47                                                                                                                                                                           
    Southern California    47                                                                                                                                                                           
22. Virginia Tech          45                                                                                                                                                                           
23. Houston                38                                                                                                                                                                           
24. Princeton              36                                                                                                                                                                           
    Wisconsin              36                                                                                                                                                                           
26. Penn State             30.5                                                                                                                                                                         
27. Notre Dame             25                                                                                                                                                                           
28. Florida Atlantic       23                                                                                                                                                                           
29. Oregon State           21                                                                                                                                                                           
30. Gardner-Webb           18                                                                                                                                                                           
    North Carolina         18                                                                                                                                                                           
32. Hawaii                 15                                                                                                                                                                           
33. Cal-Irvine             11                                                                                                                                                                           
34. Washington State       10                                                                                                                                                                           
35. Washington              9                                                                                                                                                                           
36. Rutgers                 6                                                                                                                                                                           
    South Carolina          6                                                                                                                                                                           
    Syracuse                6                                                                                                                                                                           
39. Virginia                4                                                                                                                                                                           
40. Brigham Young           2                                                                                                                                                                           
41. Northwestern            1                                                                                                                                                                           
    Richmond                1                                                                                                                                                                           
    Utah                    1                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Individual Results                                                                                                                                                                               
Name              Event                  Place  Points   Time                                                                                                                                           
Lauren Brick      100-yard breaststroke   5th     14    1:00.55                                                                                                                                         
Romy Altmann      200-yard backstoke      7th     12    1:55.36                                                                                                                                         
Romy Altmann      400-yard medley relay  10th     14    3:26.98                                                                                                                                         
Lauren Brick                                                                                                                                                                                            
Lauren Sparg                                                                                                                                                                                            
Christie Raleigh                                                                                                                                                                                        
Christie Raleigh  200-yard medley relay  11th     12    1:39.95                                                                                                                                         
Lauren Brick                                                                                                                                                                                            
Lauren Sparg                                                                                                                                                                                            
Abbie King                                                                                                                                                                                              
Total                                             52                                                                                                                                                    

2007 EOY Stats

Romy Altmann Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Backstroke 0.00 / / 200-Yard Backstroke 0.00 0.00 Lauren Brick Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Breaststroke 0.00 / / 200-Yard Breaststroke 0.00 / / 50-Yard Freestyle 0.00 0.00 Ann Cipoletti Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 400-Yard Individual Medley 0.00 0.00 Tiffany Elias Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 200-Yard Butterfly 0.00 0.00 Jen Guyler Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 1650-Yard Freestyle 0.00 10/27/2006 MIAMI 1000-Yard Freestyle 1 9.00 02/17/2007 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP 500-Yard Freestyle 2 0.00 9.00 Georgia Holderness Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 400-Yard Individual Medley 0.00 0.00 Stacy Rademacher Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Backstroke 0.00 / / 200-Yard Backstroke 0.00 0.00 Christie Raleigh Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 50-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 100-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 100-Yard Butterfly 0.00 / / 200-Yard Butterfly 0.00 0.00 Caroline Robertson Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 500-Yard Freestyle 0.00 0.00 Lauren Sparg Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 200-Yard Butterfly 0.00 0.00 Katie Stratton Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Breaststroke 0.00 / / 200-Yard Individual Medley 0.00 0.00