Nov. 19, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team came up short against the No. 8 Florida Gators, 143-100, on Tuesday night at the Leach Center Pool in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles lost their first dual meet of season, dropping their record to 4-1 on the year. The Tribe stayed in contention throughout the night thanks to strong swims in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke.
In the 50-free, the Seminoles finished first, second, third and fourth, led by junior Michael Paulus’ winning time of 21.19. Following Paulus was freshman Joel Roycik (21.34, second place) and seniors Nnamnse Ammons (21.38, third) and Joey Marshburn (21.40, fourth). Roycik also finished third in the 100-free (46.36) followed by Ammons in fourth place (46.75) and senior Matt Carmen in fifth place (47.17).
Near the end of the meet, the Tribe earned huge points in the 200-breast thanks to first, second and third-place finishes. Senior Justin Betts touched the wall first at 2:06.06 followed by juniors Wickus Nienaber in second place (2:06.51) and Tal Stricker in third place (2:07.18). Betts, Stricker and Nienaber placed third (1:56.42), fourth (1:56.59) and fifth (1:57.68), respectively, in the 200-yard IM, as well.
The Seminoles’ final win of the night came on the one-meter springboard which sophomore Louie Gagnet won with a score of 304.73. Picking up additional points for the Tribe on the one-meter were freshman Peter Crane (270.15, third) and sophomore Sam Hood (258.15, fifth). Hood added a third-place finish on the three-meter at 271.95. Finishing fourth on the three-meter was freshman Stuart de la Rosa (250.50) and in fifth-place was Gagnet (248.03).
FSU earned important points in the individual events from junior Devin Crock in the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.77, second), sophomore Alan Ribeiro in the 200-free (1:43.28, third) and 500-free (4:39.43, third), freshman Chris Vythoulkas in the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.71, second) and freshman Brent Campbell in the 200-back (1:55.52, third).
The Seminoles will now travel to Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 22, to take on UNLV and BYU and then to Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 23, to face Utah.