Feb. 28, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team placed seven swimmers and a diver into finals’ action following preliminary heats for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Thursday afternoon at Maryland University. Four Seminoles will compete in championship finals and four will swim in consolation finals.
In the 200-yard individual medley, junior Justin Betts will swim in the champion final after turning in a school-record time of 1:48.99 in the preliminaries. Betts’ time breaks former Seminole Stephen Parry’s record of 1:49.15 that was set in 1998. Sophomore Tal Stricker (1:49.69) will compete in the consolation final for the Tribe.
Freshman diver Louie Gagnet qualified first on the one-meter after earning a score of 309.45 in the preliminary heat. Gagnet is one of eight divers who will compete in tonight’s final.
The Seminoles are poised to score their most points of the night in the 50-yard freestyle with five swimmers competing in the finals. Sophomore Wickus Nienaber (20.48) and Joey Marshburn (20.56) qualified fifth and eighth, respectively, for the championship final. Junior Nnamnse Ammons (20.62), sophomore Michael Paulus (20.63) and junior Matt Carmen (20.65) will look to earn points for the Tribe in the consolation final.
The Seminoles will also be competing in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. Finals’ action is set to begin at 7 p.m.