Feb. 20, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
With each passing session at the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference women’s swimming and diving championships, Florida State University is looking better and better. Nearly every Seminole who swam during Friday (February 20) morning advanced to the evening session.
Topping the list of seven Florida State swimmers in a finals heat is the duo of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) and Emma Dutton (Bradford, England). Breen is seeded first in the 100-butterfly at 54.78, while her season-best 55.82 places her second in the 100 backstroke. Looking for title number four, Dutton broke her school record and the Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center pool record with a time of 1:01.26.
Three of the five individual events will feature at least two Seminoles, including the 100 fly where FSU placed three women in the final eight. Joining Breen will be Lisa How (Preston, England) and Rachel Dong (Paramount, Fla.), who will also swim in the consolation final of the 100 breaststroke. Florida State has the top two spots in the breaststroke with rookie Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) occupying the second-fastest lane.
Seeded fourth in the 100 backstroke is senior Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) after her swim of 56.26. Rounding out the FSU contingency in the back is senior Katie Byrnes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
The Seminoles have a pair of swimmers in both the 200 free and 400 individual medley. Senior Loren Hansen (Pensacola, Fla.) and freshman Renee Gajda (Queensland, Australia) will make up the FSU contingency in the 200 free, while junior Laura Kenney (Plano, Texas) and senior Jennifer Smith (Pensacola, Fla.) will compete in the 400 IM.
Florida State currently sits in first place with 233 points, just six ahead of North Carolina. The Seminoles have collected four of the seven championships handed out so far in event.
Before the finals, the preliminaries of the three-meter diving will be held with FSU looking to repeat it’s one through five finish from the one-meter competition. Including in Friday’s evening session will be the championship heat of the 400-yard medley relay.