March 26, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS –Brendon Dedekind returned to the medal stand tonight, winning his second NCAA Individual Championship and leading the Seminoles to an 11th place finish after day two of the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus. Florida State, with 92.5 points, is ahead of Nebraska by 2.5 and only half a point behind Texas A&M. Auburn leads the field with 341.5 points.
The Seminoles started the night after being disqualified from the 200 Medley Relay for leaving the block too early.
“I was really disappointed with the relay situation,” Head Coach Don Gibb said. “We lost 28 points and would have had an ACC record but you cant go back and change it.”
Stephen Parry scored the first points for the Seminoles, finishing 11th in the 100 Back and 14th in the 100 Fly, earning two honorable mention All-American honors. He also holds a spot on the NCAA Top 25 All-Time performances in the 100 Fly.
“Stephen (Parry) had a rough night,” Gibb said. “He swam four events today. He does a good job considering we ask a lot of him.”
Dedekind, who holds the 4th spot on the NCAA All-Time Top performances list for the 100 Breast, made FSU history tonight with his win in the 100 Breast in an ACC record and school record time of 53.16, also a personal best. He became the only swimmer or diver from Florida State to ever win two NCAA Individual Championships in a career and has now achieved eight All-American
“I knew I had to take a good start and turns and then just hold on,” Dedekind said. “My pace was fast for a 100 Breaststroker but I worked my stroke and kept a good lead. Finishing 2nd in the 50 Free made a little hungry for this win but its all in the day. Each competition day is different and you never know what can happen.”
Brett Petersen finished 14th in the 100 Breast in a time of 55.11, garnering honorable mention All-American honors. Other Seminoles competing in the individual events today were Keam Ang (28th in the 100 Fly), Matt McVittie (37th in the 200 Free) and Nelson Mora (42nd in the 200 Free).
McVittie, Mora, Julio Santos and Parry completed the night for the Seminoles, finishing 16th in the 800 Free Relay with a time of 6:38.57.
The NCAA Championships conclude on Saturday with the preliminaries at Noon and finals at 7:00pm. Florida State will compete in the 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly and 400 Free Relay. The NCAA meet will be televised on ESPN on Sunday, April 4th at 12:30am EST.