Feb. 20, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Building off their strong performance during Thursday’s finals, the Florida State University divers continue to be the class of the field at the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Half of the eight divers in Saturday’s final will be made up of Seminoles as they claimed the first four spots during the preliminary round on Friday (February 20).
Picking up where she left off in the one-meter event when she broke the meet and pool record, Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) led all divers with her career-high 523.70, breaking the pool record. Coming in second was rookie Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) – whose sister Chelsie Lerew won the three-meter board the last three years – as she notched a 468.85.
Just three points behind Lerew in third place was junior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) with her career-best mark of 465.50. Rounding out the Seminoles moving on to finals is freshman Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) after she tallied a 444.25 to place fourth. Florida State just missed repeating its feat of having all five divers in the finals as Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) finished 11th with a 412.50.
The diving squad was instrumental in propelling the Seminoles into first place after Thursday’s finals. Florida State swept the first five spots, picking up 82 points in the process, to give it a team total of 233.