Sept. 24, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 2001-2002 Lady Seminole swim team, under the tutelage of third-year coach Neil Harper, will embark on the season with one of the most talented and deepest teams in school history. The Lady ‘Noles, led by All-American senior Christy Cech and fellow senior and NCAA Championship qualifier Keryn Krynauw, are focused and ready to improve on last season’s 8-5 record and fifth-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Look for the Sprint Free to be one of the Lady Seminoles’ strongest events this season. Senior All-American, and assistant-team captain, Christy Cech will lead the charge this year. Cech set the FSU school record in the 50 Free last season with a mark of 22.54 at the NCAA Championship on her way to a fourth-place finish overall. At the ACC Championship, Cech placed third in both the 50 and 100 Free, and broke the school record in the 100 Free earlier in the year with a time of 49.36. The additions of freshman Jennifer Lyes and University of Hawaii transfer Elizabeth Parkinson will bolster the Lady ‘Noles in the sprint events and help anchor a strong sprint relay squad. Lyes is a former three-time British national champion in the 50 Free in her age group. Other Lady ‘Noles who will provide depth in the sprint events are senior Amber Goodwin, junior Alison Cucchi and freshmen Emily Breen, Christie Pesece and Kayce Zemina.
This year the Lady Seminoles have a strong, healthy group of competitors in the distance events that will vie for a top spot at the conference level. Senior Lisa Kirsch, who finished 12th last season at the ACC Championship, and sophomore Jennifer Smith, who turned in a 14th-place finish at conference, will lead FSU in the distance events. Sophomore Amy Lo will provide strong depth to the squad. Strong newcomers Golda Marcus and Angela Leach will push the upperclassmen for time in the pool.
The Lady Seminoles added a lot of strong depth this season in the Butterfly events and may have an even deeper 100 Fly squad than the Sprint Free. Senior Candice Nethercott, a finalist at the ACC Championship in the 100 Fly, leads the way after barely missing the qualifying mark for her second-consecutive NCAA appearance. Freshman Lisa How, who placed sixth at the 2000 United Kingdom Olympic Trials in the 100 Fly, will be looked upon to lead the team in the 200 Fly. Junior Margaret Colley and sophomores Loren Hansen and Tonya Rasor round out FSU’s top returnees. Freshmen Emily Armond, a high school All-American, and Emily Breen, Georgia high school state champ, will look to anchor the 100.
Senior and team captain Amber Goodwin will provide strong leadership as she leads the Lady Seminoles in the Backstroke events. Goodwin placed sixth in the 200 Back and seventh in the 100 at last year’s ACC Championship. Margaret Colley will be a strong contributor in both the 100 and 200 events following a 15th-place finish in the 100 at the ACC Championship. Junior Betsy Nagy will provide good depth after reaching the ACC final in the 200 last year and finishing 16th. Freshmen Laura Kenney and Jennifer Lyes will also both provide strong depth in the 100.
The Breaststroke events may not be FSU’s deepest events, however the Lady Seminoles’ top three swimmers have the ability to be the best in the conference. Senior Keryn Krynauw leads the way after qualifying for the NCAA Championship in both the 100 and 200 Breast events. Krynauw broke her previous school-record in the 200 with a time of 2:14.93 and placed third and sixth in the 200 and 100, respectively, at the ACC Championship. Emma Dutton, a sophomore who joined the team last spring, made an immediate impact placing fifth at the ACC Championship in both the 100 and 200 Breast, just missing qualifying times for the NCAA meet. Junior Kristan Keelan will be third on the depth chart in 2001-2002 following an impressive showing at the ACC Championship where she set personal-best times in the 100 and 200.
In the Individual Medley events, the Lady Seminoles will look to newcomers Laura Kenney and Jennifer Henshaw to lead the squad. Kenney, a freshman All-American in the IM, posted times in both the 200 and 400 in high school close to the NCAA qualifying marks. Henshaw, a junior, joins the Lady ‘Noles following an impressive two-year stint at Cleveland State where she won the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title in the 400 and set the CSU record with a time of 4:25.84. Sophomore Loren Hansen, who placed in the 200 IM at the ACC meet, is expected to have a career-year following a strong summer workout. Emma Dutton will also provide depth in the 200.