Dec. 7, 2002
Athens, GA –
After the second day of competition the Florida State men’s swimming and diving team holds on to a solid first-place position out of five teams with 714.50 points. The University of Georgia is the next closest team with 666 points. The Seminoles were lead once again by strong performances from their relay teams and had big scoring days from junior Devin Crock and freshman Chris Vythoulkas.
Crock and Vythoulkas were able to help give the Seminoles a one-two punch in the 200-yard medley relay. Crock teamed up with sophomore Michael Averett and seniors Justin Betts and Joey Marshbrun to take first- place (1:28.71 B) while the foursome of Vythoulkas, senior Matt Carmen, junior Wickus Nienaber and freshman Joel Roycik followed in second-place with a time of 1:30.35.
Crock and Vythoulkas also had strong individual performances today for the Seminoles. Crock and Vythoulkas were able to dominate the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. Crock was able to put together second-place finishes in both events with a time of 48.98 in the 100-fly and 50.73 in the 100-back. Vythoulkas took home third- place in the 100-fly (49.20) and first-place in the 100-back with a time of 50.39, which was good enough for sixth- place in the Florida State record books.
The Seminoles also received key performances from Averett, Marshburn and Nienaber. The 100-fly was dominated today by Florida State. The Tribe scored in eight of the sixteen positions in the event. Averett (49.70) and Marshburn (50.13) both scored points in the 100-fly with finishes in sixth-and eight-place respectively. Nienaber also turned in an outstanding day with a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a B-cut time of 54.61.
The Seminoles will be back in action Sunday, Dec. 8th for the final day of competition at the Georgia Invitational. The morning session will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the finals scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia. Be sure to check out the women’s swimming and diving home page for the latest results on the Georgia Invitational and Emma Dutton’s record-breaking performance.