March 19, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
A year ago Florida State University women’s swimmer Emma Dutton set the goal of standing on the podium at the NCAA Championships. She fulfilled that goal on Friday (March 19) by placing eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke to capture All-America honors.
As a team, the Seminoles stand in 16th place with 55 points. Florida State more points than thn all other Atlantic Coast Conference schools combined (46 points). Virginia and Maryland are tied for 26th at 16 points.
After resetting her school record in the morning session with a converted time of 1:00.84, Dutton (Bradford, England) came back during the night swim to claim her medal as she touched in at 1:07.97. Dutton is the first FSU swimmer to earn national accolades since 2002.
Because it is an Olympic year, the NCAA Championships are being held in short-course meter as oppose to short-course yards. During the breaststroke event, Stanford’s Tara Kirk set a new world record of 1:04.79.
“Emma has had such a great four years for us,” FSU deck boss Neil Harper said. “She dominated the conference meet and now tonight she became an All-American. It’s a great way for her to end her college career.”
The evening began with the Seminoles picking up 12 points for their work in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Rachel Dong (Paramount, Calif.) and Dutton hit the wall in 11th place at 1:53.20.
Florida State grabbed nine more points from junior Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) during the three-meter diving. She picked up her second Honorable Mention All-America award of the meet by placing ninth with a score of 495.20. Rookie Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) just missed out of the bonus dives with her 25th-place score of 265.65.
The morning session saw a pair of Seminoles hit the pool in the 100-meter butterfly. Breen hit the wall with a time 1:00.85 to go along with a time of 1:01.60 from Lisa How (Preston, England) to place 34th.
“The great thing about our performances here is that everyone is doing their part, it’s not just one or two people scoring points,” Harper added. “Everyone is swimming in both the morning and night sessions and we’re getting great performances from the two girls in the diving. We’ve still got some great events coming up tomorrow, especially the platform diving. That will be a great event.”
The three-day event concludes on Saturday with the 200-meter distances of the stroke events, along with platform diving and 400-meter free relay. Auburn University is in first place with more than a 100-point lead.