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At The Mid-Season Mark: Seminole Swimming & Diving Looking Strong
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Jan. 10, 2003

As the nationally ranked Florida State swimming and diving squads round the corner of the 2002-03 campaign, success can be found throughout as both the men’s and women’s teams look to make a run at the conference title.

The Seminoles embark on their most important road trip of the year this weekend when they take on ACC opponents in N.C. State (Friday, Jan. 10) and No. 11 North Carolina (Saturday, Jan. 11), as well as Big East power Rutgers (Jan. 11). This weekend’s road trip will provide a preview of the ACC Championships and give each squad an idea on where they match-up against some of the best performers in conference the and what improvements must be made.

The following is a run down of the many achievements attained this year. In addition, current national top 50 rankings as well as conference top 10 and FSU all-time top 10 rankings are available.

FSU Women, Men Ranked Among The Nation’s Top 25
The College Swim Coaches Association of America released its latest national dual meet top 25 poll on Dec. 10, ranking the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team No. 20 and the men’s squad No. 25. The No. 20 ranking is the highest ever for the Lady Seminoles.
Both the FSU women and men earned the rankings coming off impressive performances at the Georgia Invitational held Dec. 6 and 7. The Lady Seminoles finished second, just behind No. 3 Georgia and ahead of No. 24 Penn State, who was ranked No. 21 at the time of the meet. The men narrowly missed a first place finish, placing second behind No. 13 Georgia, but ahead of No. 17 Penn State and No. 19 Alabama.
The FSU men, who are ranked for the first time since 1999, are tied at No. 25 with fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member Georgia Tech. The Seminoles defeated the Yellow Jackets earlier this year, 144.5-98.5.
FSU is among four ACC schools ranked in both the men’s and women’s top 25. North Carolina (No. 11), Virginia (No. 12) and Maryland (No. 15) represent the women, while Virginia (No. 9), North Carolina (No. 14) and Georgia Tech round out the men.

Seminoles Named ACC Swimmer/Diver Of The Week Four Times.
FSU is tied with Virginia for the most ACC Swimmer/Diver of the Week awards with four. The Seminoles have won a league best three weekly awards on the men’s side.
Sophomore diver Louie Gagnet, the 2002 ACC Most Valuable Diver, won the first honor for FSU when he shattered the previous FSU and Leach Center Pool records on the three-meter springboard with a score of 380.92. The mark is tops in the ACC this year and surpasses the previous school record of 363.85, which Gagnet set as a freshman last year. In addition, Gagnet won the one-meter with what was at the time the season’s second-best ACC mark of 312.75.
Senior Joey Marshburn earned the Seminoles’ second award after he finished first in the 50-free with an ACC-best and NCAA B-cut time of 20.31 at the prestigious Georgia Invitational. His time of 44.87 in the 100-yard freestyle placed him second at the Invite and added a second B-cut standard to his season. In addition to his individual performances, Marshburn helped Florida State finish second in a field of five teams at the invitational through his efforts in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:20.28) and the 400-free relay (2:58.70). With their times in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays, the Seminoles now lead the ACC in both events and have provisionally qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships.
Junior Andree-Anne LeRoy became the first Lady Seminole to earn the conference honor this season following an impressive performance in a tri-meet against UNCW and North Florida, scoring victories in three events. LeRoy showed her versatility and talent with wins in the 100-backstroke (58.21), 200-breast (2:24.69) and the 200-IM (2:06.41). Her efforts led the No. 20 Lady Seminoles to their eighth and ninth victories of the season.
Fellow junior Wickus Nienaber won his award the same week as LeRoy, when placed first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 56.61 and 2:05.69, respectively, before leading the Tribe to victories in the 200-medley and 200-free relays against UNCW. The award is the second for Nienaber who earned the honor once last season.

Seminoles Turn In 32 B-Cuts And One A-Cut Mark At The Georgia Invitational
The Seminoles turned some heads and made their mark on the national scene following an impressive finish at the 2002 Georgia Invitational. Both the men and women finished second behind national powerhouse Georgia, but did defeat some top competition.
The impressive finish for both squads can be linked to the 31 NCAA B-cuts and one NCAA A-cut times that were turned in by the Tribe.
An A-cut time means that a swimmer has automatically qualified to compete at the NCAA championships in that event. A B-cut time is a provisional qualification for the swimmer in that event, meaning that they may or may not be selected to compete at the NCAA’s in the event, depending on how many swimmers turned in a faster time.
Junior Emma Dutton is lone member of the FSU squad to make a A-cut standard. She accomplished the mark by winning the 100-breast at the Georgia Invite with a time of 1:01.92. The following is a list of the 19 members of the women’s team and the 13 members of the men’s team who reached NCAA B-cut marks at the Georgia Invite.

Name			Event			Time
Emily Breen		50-free			23.39
			100-fly			54.80
			100-back		56.61
			100-free		50.65
Emma Dutton		200-IM		        2:01.71
			50-free (relay)		23.19
			100-free		50.27
Andree-Anne LeRoy200-IM		        2:07.90
			400-IM		        4:19.52
			200-back		2:01.06
Loren Hansen		500-free		4:50.18
			200-free		1:49.48

Liz Parkinson 50-free 23.57 100-free 51.06 Rachel Dong 100-fly 55.10 Dutton, Breen, 200-free relay 1:32.15 Parkinson, Dong Breen, Dutton, 400-medley relay 3:39.08 Dong, Parkinson Breen, Dutton, 200-medley relay 1:41.73 Dong, Parkinson Breen, Dutton, 400-free relay 3:22.35 Parkinson, Hansen

Men Name Event Time Justin Betts 200-IM 1:49.05 100-breast 54.72 200-breast 2:00.25 Joey Marshburn 50-free 20.31 100-free 44.87 Wickus Nienaber 100-breast 54.61 200-breast 1:59.77 Devin Crock 100-fly 48.69 Fernando Jacome 200-free 1:38.48 Paulus, Carmen, 200-free relay 1:20.28 Marshburn, Ammons Vythoulkas, Betts, 400-medley relay 3:17.06 Crock, Carmen Crock, Betts, 200-medley relay 1:28.71 Averett, Marshburn Marshburn, Carmen, 400-free relay 2:58.70 Averett, Roycik

Five Seminole Divers Headed To The NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier
Five members of the FSU diving team, all three women members and two men, will compete at the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier held in Auburn, Ala. on March 14-16. Junior Chelsie Lerew and sophomores Tiffany Manning, Courtney McClow, Louie Gagnet and Sam Hood will compete at the Zone meet for a chance to dive at the NCAA Championships.
Each diver had to qualify for the Zone meet on either the one- or three-meter springboards with scores that were predetermined by the NCAA.

Seminoles Break Records And Earn Top 50 Rankings
The FSU men’s team currently has 25 times in the national top 50, while the women are represented with 21 times. In addition, the men are ranked in the ACC’s top 10 on 29 different occasions and the women, 26.
– Junior Emma Dutton and sophomore Emily Breen lead all Seminoles with four national top 50 individual rankings. In addition, Dutton shares the best individual ranking at No. 7 in the 100-breast with fellow junior Wickus Nienaber, who is ranked No. 7 in the men’s 100-breast. In all, Dutton is ranked in the nation’s top 20 in four events.
– The FSU men’s and women’s relay squads have made their mark in the conference by establishing three ACC-best times out of five events.
– Five school records have fallen already, three women’s records and two men’s records. Each record is listed below in bold letters.
– The men’s rankings in the 50- and 100-free are quite impressive. FSU owns six of the ACC’s top 10 times in the 100-free and five of the top 10 50-free times. The Seminole sprinters are also ranked in the nation’s top 50 five times in each event.
– Senior Justin Betts and Nienaber became only the second and third Seminoles in school history to swim the 200-breast under the two-minute mark. Junior Tal Stricker, who held the 200-breast school record before Betts broke it this year, is the third Seminole to swim under two-minutes.
– Freshmen Chris Vythoulkas, Joel Roycik and Brent Campbell have provided strong depth for the men’s squad. Vythoulkas and Roycik are ranked in the nation’s top 50 in two events, while Campbell is ranked in the ACC’s top 10. Campbell and Vythoulkas have also added their names to FSU’s all-time top 10 lists.

The following is a chart showing where a Seminole swimmer or diver ranks in: the nation’s top 50, ACC’s top 10 and FSU’s all-time top 10.

								National	ACC		FSU
Name			Event			Time		Top 50		Top 10		Top 10
Emily Breen		50-free			23.39		33		4		8
			100-fly			54.80		19		2		3
			100-back		56.61		48		5		3
			100-free		50.65		31		5		4
Emma Dutton		100-breast		1:01.92	         7		1		1
                        200-breast		2:19.11	        ---		7		---
                        200-IM		        2:01.71	        10		2		2
			50-free (relay)		23.19		19		3		3
			100-free		50.27		17		2		3
Angie Leach		1650-free		17:00.39	---		10		---
Chelsie Lerew		1m dive		        288.08		n/a		2		---
			3m dive		        282.80		n/a		10		---
Andree-Anne LeRoy200-IM		        2:07.90	        11		3		---
			400-IM		        4:19.52	        21		3		1
			200-back		2:01.06	        42		6		2
Loren Hansen		500-free		4:50.18	        27		5		2
			200-free		1:49.48	        32		3		4
			100-free		51.41		---		8		9
Lisa How		1000-free		10:08.71	42		8		---
Tiffany Manning	        1m dive		        257.80		n/a		10		---
			3m dive		        286.05		n/a		7		---
Courtney McClow	       1m dive	                  278.25		n/a		7		        ---
			3m dive		        297.60		n/a		3		---
Elizabeth Parkinson	50-free		                23.57		---		6		10
			100-free		51.06		46		6		6
Rachel Dong		100-fly			55.10		25		3		5
			100-breast		1:04.54	        ---		10		---
Dutton, Breen,		200-free relay		1:32.15	        6		1		---
Parkinson, Dong
Breen, Dutton, 	        400-free relay		3:22.35	        7		2		---
Parkinson, Hansen
Dutton, Hansen,	        800-free relay		7:27.79	        16		3		---
Lo, Breen
Breen, Dutton,		200-medley relay	1:41.73	        7		1		---
Dong, Parkinson
Breen, Dutton,	        400-medley relay	3:39.08         11		1		1
Dong, Parkinson

MEN National ACC FSU Name Event Time Top 50 Top 10 Top 10 Nnamnse Ammons 50-free 20.48 27 5 --- 100-free 45.10 40 6 --- Michael Averett 100-free 45.06 37 5 --- 200-free 1:40.86 --- 9 --- Justin Betts 200-IM 1:49.05 10 2 --- 100-breast 54.72 8 2 --- 200-breast 1:59.55 10 2 1 Brent Campbell 200-back 1:50.60 --- 8 8 Matt Carmen 50-free 20.56 38 9 --- 100-free 45.02 33 4 --- Devin Crock 100-fly 48.69 9 1 --- 100-back 50.73 --- 9 --- Louie Gagnet 1m dive 323.15 n/a 2 --- 3m dive 380.92 n/a 1 1 Sam Hood 1m dive 299.31 n/a 5 --- 3m dive 303.65 n/a 6 --- Fernando Jacome 200-free 1:38.48 22 3 6 Joey Marshburn 50-free 20.31 16 2 --- 100-free 44.87 25 3 8 Wickus Nienaber 100-breast 54.61 7 1 4 200-breast 1:59.77 11 3 3 50-free 20.46 25 4 --- Michael Paulus 50-free 20.39 20 3 --- 100-free 45.44 --- 10 --- Alan Ribeiro 500-free 4:32.79 --- 9 --- Joel Roycik 100-free 45.16 47 8 --- 100-fly 49.56 45 7 --- Tal Stricker 200-breast 2:05.02 --- 9 --- Chris Vythoulkas100-back 50.39 41 6 6 100-fly 49.20 31 5 9 Paulus, Carmen, 200-free relay 1:20.28 3 1 --- Marshburn, Ammons Marshburn, Carmen, 400-free relay 2:58.70 7 2 --- Averett, Roycik Jacome, Averett, 800-free relay 6:51.85 44 5 --- Ribeiro, Paulus Crock, Betts, 200-medley relay 1:28.71 4 1 --- Averett, Marshburn Vythoulkas, Betts, 400-medley relay 3:17.06 7 1 --- Crock, Carmen

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