TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 ranked Florida State men’s swimming and diving team is set for its turn at the 2013 ACC Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatics Center on Feb. 27 – March 2.
“I think that we’ve stayed under the radar,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We’ve have slowly have put together the pieces of the puzzle that can give us the chance to do well.”
After posting a dual meet record of 8-2, and 3-1 in the ACC and the best winning percentage (.800) since 2003, the Seminoles are looking to improve on their fourth place finish from 2012. FSU was 84 points away from the win at last year’s championships.
This week’s competition will feature only men’s swimming. Diving was held last weekend, where the Seminoles contributed 85 points in three events for third place overall. Junior Tom Neubacher earned All-ACC honors after grabbing his second-consecutive bronze medal on 1-meter.
Florida State holds the top times in six events heading into the meet. Both 200 and 400 free relays set the top mark in the conference and will look to defend their titles from 2012 with the team of sophomore Paul Murray, senior Trice Bailey, senior David Sanders and senior Mark Weber.
Murray is the fastest in the conference in the 50 free with a career best time of 19.35, however Weber (19.59) and Bailey (19.83) hold the next best times. The Seminole trio were the lone swimmers in the ACC to break the 20-second barrier this season. Murray also has the fastest time in the 100 free with a 42.78.
Sophomore Connor Knight posted the fastest time in the 100 fly (47.09) while his classmate Josh Friedel has the top mark in the 200 back (1:43.14).
The meet will start on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the 200 medley relay. After a break, the 800 free relay will close out the session. Individual events will start on Thursday where prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and finals will start at 7 p.m.
“There are a lot more leaders and seniors this year,” Harper said. “They’ve been hungry for this for a while. They’ve had to sit there for three years and watch Virginia celebrate. We’ve done well, but if things go our way and everyone contributes – that’s the thing. If everyone takes care of their business and performs well and if we max out on that, we could be the champs.”
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Live stats for both prelims and finals can be found here: http://theacc.co/13MSDlivestats.
Live streaming will run through the ACC as well as ESPN3 starting for finals on Thursday at 7 p.m. http://theacc.co/watchACC-SDchamp.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay
Thursday, Feb. 28
200 Free Relay
1-meter diving (men) – Neubacher – Third 388.50, Lewark- 11th 313.75, Klein -13th 304.20, Cole -207.60
Friday, March 1
400 Medley Relay
3-meter diving (men)- Neubacher- fourth 392.30, Lewark 13th 323.85, Klein- 17th 307.60, Cole, 242.10.
Saturday, March 2
200 FlyPlatform Diving – Neubacher – Fourth 361.95, Klein – Fifth 357.65, Lewark- Seventh 343.05
400 Free Relay