March 9, 2007
Minneapolis, Minn. - 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).