March 18, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –
After a limited participation during the first day of the Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, every member of the Florida State University contingency was in action during Friday’s preliminary round. Unfortunately, the Seminoles couldn’t get anyone back for the evening session.
Following two days of competition, Florida State is in 30th with seven points.
“The girls are swimming well, but the last few weeks have been tough on them,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “First they had the ACC Championships and then they went to the time trials during the men’s meet the following week and two weeks later we’re here. Usually we get some points out of the relays, but it’s tough when you don’t have your best swimmers in each leg.”
Friday was the first day that a swimmer besides Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) took part in an individual event. The highest finish in the water came from the sophomore Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) as she hit the wall in 1:02.84 to take 24th — moving her up two spots from her performance last season — in the 100 breaststroke.
Starting the morning was the 200 medley relay team of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Brick, Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) and Ellis. The Seminole quartet just missed getting a bonus swim with their 17th-place time of 1:43.82.
Thursday, diver Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades with her performance on the one-meter board. However, she could duplicate the feat during the three-meter as she posted a score of 251.95 to take 29th.
“Courtney started off really well, but then she missed just slightly on a couple of dives,” Seminole diving coach Patrick Jeffrey noted. “The competition was tough once again, but it was there for the taking. A lot of the top divers were struggling. We’re looking forward to the platform tomorrow; we feel that she can get into the top 16 and possibly the top eight.”
Competing in her final NCAA Championships, the senior captain Breen posted a time of 55.68 to take 43rd in the 100 butterfly. While this is Breen’s last meet, the rookie Kenney took to the water her first event at the national summit. She touched in with a time of 1:51.80 to take 53rd in the 200 freestyle.
The three day meet concludes on Saturday (March 19) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Seminoles will have Breen and Ellis in the 100 freestyle with Kenney swimming the 200 butterfly to go along with the 400 freestyle relay. McClow will go for her second All-America honor on the platform.