Feb. 18, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team
jumped into 5th place after the second day of competition at the 2000
Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Host school
North Carolina leads the meet (569.50) followed by Virginia (467.50),
Clemson (309.50), Maryland (274), FSU, NC State (236) and Duke (104).
“Tonight was a complete reversal of last night,” Head Coach Neil Harper
said. “We had some girls who swam lifetime bests and school records. The
highlight has to be Tanya’s (Gurr) win in the 200 Free. She had control from
the start and no one else came close. Anne had a lifetime best in the 100
Breast and I was really proud of our relays. They got after it and far
exceeded any expectations I had of them. We just have to do the same thing
tomorrow, come out with a lot of energy and heart and compete like we did
Amber Goodwin, Keryn Krynauw, Summer Bell and Christy Cech started the night
for FSU taking 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:43.89. Bell then
finished 9th in the 100 Fly (56.95) with Kathleen McCubbins taking 12th
(56.80). Senior Tanya Gurr won the Lady Seminoles’ only event of the night
with her school record 1:48.14 in the 200 Free, an NCAA Consideration time.
Junior Kristen Adams and Cech finished 10th (1:50.69) and 11th (1:51.05)
“When I first walked up to the block, the first thing I did was pray, and
for the first time in my swimming career, I really wanted this win. Never
before have I wanted to win something so intensely and with all my heart. It
was the best feeling in the world.”
“Tanya is one of those swimmers that it has nothing to do with talent or
hard work,” senior Anne Blachford said. It has to do with heart and desire
and the drive to win, along with the drive and passion from your teammates.
Tanya has the heart and desire to win.”
Blachford was the next to take the medal stand, finishing second in the 100
Breast in a time an NCAA Consideration time of 1:02.87 with Krynauw taking
4th in the event in her NCAA Consideration time of 1:03.48. Goodwin added
points with her 11th place finish in the 100 Back (57.78) with Betsy Nagy
finishing 15th (58.49). Rounding out the night was the 800 Free Relay team
of Adams, Blachford, Gurr and Cech who finished 3rd in a school record and
an NCAA Consideration time of 7:23.64
“There are people who give up when they first feel the pain, then there are
those who fight through the pain and persevere,” Blachford said. “We were
the tough ones tonight who didn’t give up, we fought through what anyone
threw at us and came out on top.”
In earlier action, senior diver Marya Sabesky leads the diving pack after
the preliminaries of the three-meter springboard. In the time trials this
morning, Blachford, Gurr, Cech and Christine Williams swam an NCAA
Consideration time of 1:31.89 in the 200 Free Relay.
FSU competes in the final day of the championships on Saturday.
Preliminaries begin at 11:00am with the finals starting at 7:00pm.
Saturday’s events will also include the recognition of the 2000 ACC senior