Feb. 21, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
With only one day remaining in the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, the Florida State University women’s swimming and diving team has one more shot at taking over the top spot. The Seminoles will try to close the gap with Virginia as the Tribe placed five swimmers and four divers in the finals after Saturday’s (February 21) morning session.
On pace for her third individual title and sixth overall, senior Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) moved up to the number one spot for finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. Already the league champion at the 100-yard distance, she broke the school record with a time of 2:14.60. Also taking part in the evening swim of the 200 breaststroke is Virginia native Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.).
Coming in third during the morning trials in the 100-yard freestyle was junior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), who already has a pair of top-five finishes. She’ll go for number three after a season-best 50.72 in the prelims. Swimming in the consolations will be senior Rachel Dong (Paramount, Calif.) after she posted a 52.19 and junior Kayce Zemina (Plantation, Fla.) with her career-best 52.40.
Two Seminoles have advanced to the finals of the 200-yard butterfly. Touching in at 2:02.38 to snag the seventh position was junior Lisa How (Preston, England), while senior Loren Hansen (Pensacola, Fla.) picked up the last spot in the finals by a margin of .02 with her swim of 2:02.90.
Going for her third top-five finish of the week is senior Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) in the 200-yard backstroke. She posted a time of 2:01.22 to claim the fourth seed in the finals. The consolation finals of the 200 back will see junior Laura Kenney (Plano, Texas) perform following her 2:04.70 during prelims.
Besides the four events contested during the prelims, Saturday’s evening session will see the championships of the three-meter diving, 1,650-yard freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.
With only one more session remaining, Florida State finds itself in second place, just 17 points behind the host Virginia. As a team, the Seminoles have collected six of the 13 league titles so far. Dutton has picked up five of them, setting the school mark for championships won, and she will have the chance to equal the conference record of seven set by North Carolina’s Melissa Douse in 1992 and Kari Haag in 1996.