ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams finished day two Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invite the same way they concluded day one. The 20th-ranked men remain in first with while the women stand in second.
“We picked up where we left off the day before and we had a lot fun,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We had a lot of great times and it was a really good team atmosphere out there. I think the divers did well and the swimmers did well, too.”
In the men’s 400 individual medley, senior Ian Rowe was the first Seminole to complete the event as he came in fourth with a time of 3:55.59. Freshman Mike Thomas then came in sixth (3:56.33) and sophomore Tyler Ball finished ninth (4:03.65).
Sophomore Mark Weber guided Florida State in the men’s 100 fly with a fourth-place finish on a time of 49.07. Sophomores Mark Cox (49.55) and Danny Nguyen (50.22) then came in seventh and ninth, respectively.
The men’s 200 free resulted in three Seminoles finishing in the top four. Junior Mateo DeAngulo led the way with a second-place finish on a time of 1:37.88 while senior Robby Hayes came in third (1:38.23) and freshman Matt Taylor came in fourth (1:39.30).
In the men’s 100 breast, Holderness and fellow senior Matt Shead came in second and third, respectively. Holderness posted a time of 54.56 and Shead finished in 54.87.
Sophomore Brad Morrison then finished in fifth in the men’s 100 back with a mark of 50.19 and Rowe came in eighth with a 51.06 time.
The men’s one-meter diving had senior Landon Marzullo finish in second place with 23 points. Seniors Jordan Horsley (18 points) and Mike Neubacher (17 points) came in seventh and eighth in that event.
In the 800-meter relay, the Florida State men came in third.
As for the women, freshman Julia Henkel started the evening’s individual events for the women with a eighth-place finish in the 400 individual medley with a lifetime best time of 4:18.04.
In the women’s 100 fly, senior Brittany Selts led the way for FSU with a fith-place mark on a time of 54.39. She was followed closely by fellow senior C.J. Hendry’s sixth-place finish (54.96). Freshman McKayla Lightbourn came in ninth with a 56.00 mark.
The women’s 200 free saw senior Holly Mills post a time of 1:48.27 for a fourth-place finish. Freshman Tiffany Oliver then came in seventh (1:48.64) and junior Charlot Broadbent came in 10th (1:52.98).
In the women’s 100 breast, sophomore Kristine Polley achieved a time of 1:04.63 for a finish of 10th place. And in the women’s 100 back, junior Stephanie Sarandos had a time of 54.83 that was good enough for fifth place.
FSU freshman Kelsey Goodman and junior Lisi Rowland competed strongly in the women’s one-meter dive. Goodman came in fourth with 21 points and Rowland’s 18-point effort earned a seventh-place mark.
“The men are still ahead so that’s good,” Harper said. “And the women are still in second place. That’s good considering that Texas A&M is such a strong team. We are ahead of a top-five Florida team. This is the time of season where we see how the kids respond and they have been doing a good job of that.”