WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
February 26, 2011
Florida State senior Rob Holderness made history and enabled the Seminoles to finish third Saturday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Holderness became the first FSU swimmer to sweep the breaststroke events at an ACC meet.
After winning the 100-year breaststroke on Friday, Holderness won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:55.34 Saturday night.
“I think I was a little too excited and took the race out a little too fast,” Holderness said. “But I was able to hold on. I can’t be disappointed with the result or the time.”
FSU finished with 511.5 points to edge Virginia Tech by three points for third place. A fourth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:54.71) by Robby Hayes, Trice Bailey, freshman and local Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray and Mark Weber helped to clinch FSU’s finish.
Freshman Tyler Sell of the South Florida Aquatic Club turned in a career-best performance in the 1,650-yard freestyle to finish sixth in 15:12.78. Sell was able to gut out a steady pace in his ACC conference meet debut mile swim.
Earlier in the meet, Sell was second in the bonus consolation heat of the 500-yard freestyle to finish 18th in 4:28.05 and 30th in the 200-yard
freestyle in 1:41.51.
“Tyler’s mile really got us started this evening,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “After that swim we were able to really build.
“The diving points really kept us in it so we had a chance,” Harper said. “We needed to beat Virginia Tech by three places and we beat them by four so it is just a memorable performance to take home third.”
Holderness and Robby Hayes earned All-ACC honors.
“I am really proud of our seniors for leading from start to finish. We really swam out of our minds tonight.”
Virginia won the men’s crown with 820 points, a 232-point margin over North Carolina. It was the Cavaliers fourth straight ACC team title, 12th in the last 13 years and 14th title overall.
In a close team race, No. 1-nationally ranked Stanford lived up to its ranking by winning the women’s team title with 1,567.5 points. Cal-Berkeley was second with 1,545.5 points. Southern Cal was third with 1309.5.
SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, an Arizona State sophomore, was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 52.52. Her seed time was 53.11 and her prelim time was 52.85, the fifth fastest seed.
Kuczynski was also 17th in the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:56.78 (bettering her seed time of 1:59.79) and 31st in the 500-yard freestyle in
4:56.57. She swam the third leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished sixth in 3:19.92.
Arizona State finished sixth with 780 points.
Sun Belt Championships
University of Denver swept the men’s and women’s team titles at the Sun Belt Swimming and Diving Championships.
The men’s team won with 1,009 points and women 924.5 points.
Western Kentucky women’s team, with SOFLO’s Krista Mantay, a senior and Courtney Marx, a freshman, finished second with 795 points. Florida International was fourth with 391.5 and Florida Atlantic University was fifth with 291.
Florida Atlantic University’s men’s team, with SOFLO’s Gabriel Pena and Anthony Fermin, finished third with 694.5 points.
Mantay won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 17:17.91, was 15th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.88 and 15th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.00. Her mile seed time was 17:59.79.
Marx qualified for her first conference championship final in the 200-yard butterfly in which she finished eighth in 2:06.56 after swimming 2:04.26 in prelims. She was also 12th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.76, 20th in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.56.
Fermin was tenth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.18, 12th in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.20, 14th in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.78 and anchored
FAU’s 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.73).
Pena was tenth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:04.66 and 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.87. Pena also swam 1:59.37 in a 200-yard individual medley time trial.
Big 10 Championships
Michigan won the men’s crown with a 74-point margin over Indiana Saturday night at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
The Wolverines won with 678 points for its 35th Big Ten title and three of the last four conference titles.
Michigan junior Daniel Madwed won the 200-yard butterfly by a body length to win in 1:41.70, a Big Ten meet and conference record as well as Aquatic Center record. Madwed also won the 200-yard freestyle Friday night.
Olympic diver David Boudia of Purdue swept the 1- and 3-meter and platform events. He broke his own Big Ten and conference record on platform.
Michigan coach Mike Bottom was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Highlights of the meet can be seen on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, March 6 at 10 a.m.
Big 12 Championships
University of Texas held off a late-charging Texas A&M to win the women’s team title by 17 points, 948-931 at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Tex. on Saturday night.
The Aggies overcame a 94-point deficit on the final day of competition.
Texas A&M freshman Breeja Larson finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.33, which has only been bettered four times in school history, all by 2010 NCAA 200 breaststroke champion Alia Atkinson of SOFLO.
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