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2000-2001 Women’s Swimming Outlook

Oct. 24, 2000


Women’s Outlook

After an impressive first season at the helm of the Florida State
women’s swimming program, Head Coach Neil Harper and the 2000-2001 Lady
Seminoles enter this year with high expectations. If solid road victories
over Florida Atlantic and Miami in early October are any indication of what
Harper can expect from his team, then the Florida State women’s program is
in for a successful season By adding depth in every event, the Lady
Seminoles have the potential to achieve great things.

“We have five or six people, freshmen included, who in any given
meet, can step up and dictate the pace or amount of wins we have in a
meet,” Harper said. “Any one person can contribute at any given time. With
an overall team effort, with everyone swimming well from top to bottom, we
can surprise a few teams.”

Veterans senior Kristen Adams and junior Christy Cech will provide
leadership for an FSU team that returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s
squad that went 9-4 and sent five swimmers to the 2000 NCAA Championships.
Adams, a team captain who hails from Greer, S.C., hopes to accomplish even
greater things this season after competing in the 200, 400 and 800 Free
Relays at the NCAA Championships last season. Cech, of Pieternaritzburg,
Natal in South Africa, enjoyed a successful sophomore campaign as she won
the ACC title in the 100 Free and competed in a maximum five events at the
NCAA Championships.

“We will look to Kristen for leadership both inside and outside the
pool,” Harper said. “Christy is our top sprinter. She is a big threat in
the 50, 100 and 200 free styles. I expect for both of them to lead by
example.”

Also returning is sophomore Christine Williams, who was also a
member of the last year’s NCAA Championships 400 Free Relay team. The
Mercerville, N.J., native, should continue to contend in the sprint free
style events.

With several NCAA near-qualifiers from last year’s squad returning,
Florida State’s NCAA meet participation should only improve. Junior Summer
Bell of Apollo Beach, Fla., will compete in the fly, middle distance free
and IM events. Sophomore Keryn Krynauw, also of Pieternaritzburg, Natal in
South Africa, looks to improve on fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200
breaststroke events at last year’s ACC Championships. Junior Amber
Goodwin, who hails from Midland, Texas, should once again contend in both
backstroke events.

Florida State welcomes six freshmen and two transfers to this
year’s roster. Sophomore Candice Nethercott, who transferred to Florida
State from LSU, will compete in the fly events. Sophomore Margaret
Colley, who transferred from Florida, will add depth to the team in the
back and fly events.

“What we have done with our team in terms of recruiting and with
the addition of a couple of transfers, our team is deeper than it ever has
been,” Harper said. “We’ve added depth in the stroke events. Our first
and second swimmers in almost every stroke event are strong. Our top
sprinter is continually a strong point while our relays look to be very
solid as well.”

The diving squad is young with just one returnee with collegiate
experience in junior Caren Hirai of McLean, Virginia. Hirai will be
counted on to help mentor the squad’s three newcomers Chelsie Lerew,
Michelle Sekeres and Lauren Walker. Hirai’s strength will be in the
one-meter, where she hopes to qualify for the NCAA Championships this year.
The FSU coaches look for Lerew to make an immediate impact, but all four
divers have the potential to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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