Oct. 11, 2002
BOCA RATON, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2002-03 season in dominating form Friday evening by defeating Florida Atlantic, 188-106. The Seminoles came out fast and finished strong against the Owls, winning 14 of the 16 events. Three Seminoles, senior Devin Crock and juniors Wickus Nienaber and Fernando Jacome, tallied two wins each in individual action.
Crock placed first in his two specialties, the 100-yard butterfly (50.24) and 100-yard backstroke (51.60). Nienaber won the 100-yard breaststroke (57.60) and later fought off junior teammate Tal Stricker for first-place honors in the 200-breast (2:06.03).
Newcomers Hood and Jacome were impressive in their Seminole debuts. Jacome won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.32, three seconds ahead of FSU freshman Joel Roycik. In the 500-free, Jacome touched the wall first with a time of 4:42.03. Hood, the diving team captain, edged fellow sophomore diving teammate Louis Gagnet on the one-meter. Gagnet, a 2002 NCAA qualifier, won the three-meter with Hood placing second.
The Seminoles showed their overall strength in the relay events, which will be a strong point for the team this season. The Tribe won the 200-yard medley relay at 1:34.49 and the 200-free relay at 1:25.02. Relay teams were not reported.
In the 50-yard free, senior Nnamnse Ammons paced the field with a mark of 21.15. Roycik won his first collegiate 100-free competition, touching the wall at 47.00. Senior captain Justin Betts, a 2002 NCAA Championships qualifier, placed first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:06.46). Rounding out the wins for the Seminoles was junior Matt Wheeler in the 200-fly (1:56.68).
The FSU football team will not be the only Seminole squad taking on the Miami Hurricanes Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. The Seminole men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will face off with the Hurricanes at 10 a.m. at the Norman Whitten Student Union Pool.