MARCH 28, 1998
AUBURN, Ala. — Juniors Brendon Dedekind and Stephen Parry’s three top 5
finishes helped propel Florida State to a 13th place team finish in the
Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at Auburn
With a time of 19.22 in the 50 yard freestyle, Dedekind earned Florida
State’s second national swimming championship title during Thursday’s
opening day of competition. Stephen Parry’s attempt to repeat as 200 yard
butterfly champion fell short as the FSU junior finished fourth with a time
of 1:44.44, 0.76 behind Stanford’s Matthew Pierce, during Saturday’s
finals. Parry also picked up points for the Seminoles with a 14th place
effort in the 200 yard freestyle event (1:37.14).
Dedekind raced to a fourth place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with
a time of 53.70, 0.69 off champion Jeremy Linn of Tennessee, and earned
10th place in the 100 yard freestyle event with a time of 43.45.
Florida State’s relay teams also performed well during the three days of
competition. Matt McVittie and Julio Santos joined Dedekind and Parry for
a 7th place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay (2:56.50). Kevin
Flanagan teamed with Dedekind, McVittie, and Santos for the 200 yard
freestyle relay to post a time of 1:18.75, good for 7th place. Brett
Petersen joined with Dedekind, Parry, and Santos for a 8th place effort in
the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:28.68, 3.44 seconds off Auburn’s
NCAA record time of 1:25.24. Flanagan, McVittie, Parry, and Santos also
swam to a 18th place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay.
The Seminoles’ 13th place finish was the best among Florida schools.
Miami placed 15th, 30 points behind FSU, while Florida finished in 26th
place overall. Florida State was also the top ACC team. Virginia was 41
points behind FSU in 17th. Conference meet champion North Carolina placed
30th. Stanford won the overall team title with 599 points. Host Auburn
finished a distant second with 394.5.