Jan. 17, 2004
Atlanta, Ga. –
Florida State University’s trip to Georgia Tech on Saturday (January 17) for men’s and women’s swimming and diving cost the Yellow Jackets more than just a pair of losses. By the time the Seminoles were through, they had had rewritten eleven different Georgia Tech Aquatic Center records.
The women’s team ran away with a 143-86 victory, while the men were victorious by a score of 138-101. The women (13-2 overall, 2-0 ACC) broke five pool standards and also had two NCAA “B” cut swims, to go along with the men’s (8-2, 2-1 ACC) six records. FSU’s men’s team ran its record to 25-1 versus the Yellow Jackets, while the women are 3-0.
“I was real pleased with the effort today,” FSU deck boss Neil Harper said. “A lot of times teams will step it up a notch when they swim Florida State, but I thought we responded really well. We set the tone early by taking both relays and then winning the mile.”
During the women’s meet, the Seminoles set new pool records with first-place swims in the 400 medley relay (3:48.49), 50 free (Emma Dutton – 23.46), 200 IM (Andree-Anne LeRoy – 2:06.32) and one-meter and three-meter diving (Brittany Lerew – 274.65 & 336.67). FSU’s men’s team got out the eraser in the 400 medley and 400 free relays (3:48.49 & 3:05.69), 1,650 free (Tommy Bishop – 15:44.87), 200 and 100 free (Joel Roycik – 1:40.67 & 45.73) and 50 free (Michael Paulus – 21.05).
In two events, Florida State’s second place finisher also would have set a new GTAC mark. Laura Kenney’s (Plano, Texas) time of 2:07.35, came in behind Leroy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) winning mark. Then in the men’s 100 free, Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa) both beat the mark.
Dutton’s (Bradford, England) time of 23.46 in the 50 free made NCAA “B” cut consideration, as did Emily Breen’s (Savannah, Ga.) winning 100 free mark of 51.20. Dutton posted her third victory of the day when she won the 200 breaststroke (2:19.72).
The women’s team won all 16 events with four multiple winners. Besides taking the 200 IM, LeRoy won the 200 backstroke in 2:05.18 as part of a one, two, three sweep. Senior Loren Hansen (Pensacola, Fla.) took the 200 and 500 free (1:52.09 & 5:02.07). Other winners for the Seminoles were Angie Leach (Leesburg, Fla.) in the 1,650 free (17:15.10) as well Lisa How’s (Preston, England) top mark of 2:02.43 in 200 fly.
Roycik, Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Wickus Nienaber (Manzini, Swaziland) accounted for six of the men’s 13 triumphs. To go along with his blue ribbon in the 1,650 free, the rookie Bishop also won the 500 free (4:37.10). The senior Nienaber captured both the 200 IM (1:53.43) and 200 breaststroke (2:06.02). Senior Matt Wheeler (Houston, Texas) added a victory in the 200 butterfly (1:54.97).
Florida State is back at home on January 23 when it swims Alabama at 3 p.m. in the final home meet of the season for the Seminoles and the 13 seniors on the team.