Feb. 27, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team completed the first day of preliminary heats at the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday morning in Chapel Hill, N.C. The men placed four swimmers into tonight’s championship finals, while six swimmers will compete for additional points in the consolation finals.
Senior Justin Betts had the best showing for the Seminoles by qualifying third in the 200-yard IM with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:49.03. Junior Tal Stricker qualified 10th in the 200-IM with a time of 1:50.96 and will swim in the consolation finals.
Three Seminoles will compete for the 50-yard freestyle title. Senior Nnamnse Ammons tied junior teammate Michael Paulus for sixth in the prelims with a time of 20.37. Fellow senior Joey Marshburn earned the final spot in the championship finals with an eighth-place time of 20.43.
The Seminoles will have a chance to earn important team points in the 50-free consolation final with four competitors. Senior Matt Carmen was 10th in the prelims at 20.60, followed by junior Wickus Nienaber at 11th (20.64), freshman Joel Roycik at 13th (20.68) and sophomore Michael Averett at 15th (20.73).
Rounding out the Day One qualifiers for the Seminoles was sophomore Alan Ribeiro, who qualified 16th in the 500-free with a time of 4:31.99 to compete in the consolation final.
The final rounds for today’s prelims are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The finals will also include the championships for the 200-free and 400-medley relays and one-meter diving.