Dec. 5, 2003
MONTREAL, QUEBEC –
Two weeks ago the Florida State University swimming teams showcased their talents against some of the best programs in the country at the Texas A&M Invitational. This weekend the men’s and women’s divers will be at the forefront as they compete at the CAMO Invitational in Montreal, Quebec.
The competition, held at the Claude-Robillard Sports Center, brings together some of the best diving talent in the world. Along with the Seminoles, the University of Indiana and University Miami will be represented on the collegiate level. Some of the international teams include Team Great Britain, Team Mexico and Team Russia. The US Elite Diving Academy will also be in attendance.
Several of the diving clubs from the United States have ties to a couple of Florida State divers. Team Orlando is run by Jay Lerew, the father of FSU freshman Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.). Fellow rookie Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) was also a member of the squad. Heading up the Moss Farms Diving Club is Robert Moss, the grandfather of Seminole freshman Mark Mass (Palm Harbor, Fla.).
During the fall season, Florida State diving coach Patrick Jeffrey has gotten strong performances from his talented quartet of women’s divers. Against Florida International and Florida A&M (October 18), a pair of school records fell. Junior Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) took down the one-meter mark with a 331.05, while Courtney Mclow’s (Jacksonville, Fla.) 339.50 broke the six-dive mark on the three-meter board.
In her very first collegiate meet, Lerew came away with a pair of victories in the one and three-meter competition. At the Texas A&M Invitational, fellow freshman Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) won the platform event, while placing sixth on the three-meter board.
On the men’s side, a different diver seems to be stepping up each meet. Prior to being sidelined by an injury, Sam Hood (Philadelphia, Pa.) had started emerge as the top diver with four top-three finishes. Sophomore Jason Beinlich (Ridley, Pa.) mixed in a pair of wins on the three-meter board over Florida Atlantic (November 1) and Clemson (November 8).
In Hood’s absence at the Texas A&M competition, sophomores Stuart de la Rosa (Erdenheim, Pa) and Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) carried the Seminole banner. de la Rosa posted a pair of top-five finishes, while Crane was in the top ten of three events, including the platform diving where he finished third.
This is the last event for Florida State until after the New Year. Both full squads will be back in action on January 3 when the Seminoles travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on North Florida and UNC-Wilmington.