Oct. 15, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Going into Friday’s home meet, Florida State University swimming and diving head coach Neil Harper knew if his teams performed the way he knew they could, then the Seminoles would come out on top. The Tribe did just that as both squads defeated Florida A&M with the women adding victories over Tulane and North Florida.
The men’s team posted a 253-34 score over the Rattlers, while the women topped FAMU by a score of 243-29. The Seminoles beat the Green Wave 195-98 and took down North Florida by a tally of 234-63.
Florida State started the meet on a high note with both teams winning the 400-yard medley relay. Taking the women’s race was the team of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Lisa How (Preston, England) and Abbie King (Brusnwick, Maine). Victorious on the men’s side was the quartet of Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawaii), Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.).
Winning the women’s 1,000 free was Angie Leach (Leesburg, Fla.) with her top time of 10:27.24 and the men’s race went to Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) as he touched in at 9:34.88. The men added another triumph as Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) led a one-two-three FSU finish in the 200 free with a mark of 1:41.58. The next event the Seminoles swept the top three spots with Heine taking top honors at 52.99 in the 100 backstroke.
Getting the women back on the winning track was Brick in the 100-yard breaststroke as she touched in at 1:04.66. Taking the men’s 100 breast was Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) with a top time of 59.45. Winning the 200 butterfly was rookie Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) in a time of 2:06.56. Fellow freshman Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) took the men’s 200 fly at 1:53.12.
The rookie streak continued in the 50-yard freestyle as King won in 24.17, while Jamerson posted a 21.52 to take the men’s race. Scoring one for the veterans was the senior Breen as she captured the 100 free with at time of 52.32 and classmate Averett took the men’s heat with a 46.43.
“We had to stay focused,” Harper said. “These are all teams that are on the rise, they’re all doing well. What we thought we would do is experiment and puts kids in some different events, but these teams caused us to go with some of our better kids. The focus is that the kids executed. We haven’t had a meet in three weeks and it’s important that they stay sharp and I’m happing with the results we’ve had.”
Freshmen Stacey Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) continued the rookie’s winning ways as she picked up her first victory of the day, touching in at 2:05.76 in the 200 backstroke. Heine became the first multiple winner in the individual events as he brought home the blue ribbon in the 200 back with a 1:56.56. Brick joined Heine as multiple winner, taking the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:24.14. The 200 breaststroke also made a double winner out of Erben as he edged Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) at 2:11.08.
Touching in first in the women’s 500 freestyle was senior Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.) with a winning time of 4:57.57 and the men’s race was won by Andrew Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.) as he hit the wall in 4:48.36. Adding an individual victory to her relay score was How as she won the 100 butterfly at 56.94. Also scoring his first triumph was Stephan Connor (Hinsdale, Ill.) as he posted a 51.47.
Captain Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) swept both boards, winning the one-meter with a tally of 300.25. Her score of 290.05 won the three-meter competition. Rookie Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) also won on both boards, chalking up a 286.35 to take the one-meter board and a 317.70 that won the three-meter.
Breen came back for her second triumph of the meet, winning the 200 individual medley with a 2:06.92. Getting in the winner’s circle for the first time on the day was Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) as he was the first one to the wall in the 200 IM at 1:58.37. The Seminoles closed out the meet by winning both the men’s and women’s 400-yard freestyle relay.
Florida State is back in action next Friday when they travel to the West Coast for a meet at California, followed by a Saturday contest at Pacific. The Seminoles return home on November 16 to take on Florida.