Nov. 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s swimming team remained perfect on the season, improving to 4-0, after defeating Indian River Community College, the nation’s No. 1 junior college program, Saturday morning at the Bim Stults Pool by the score of 136-102. The Seminoles were able to sneak past the Pioneers thanks in part to the performance of sophomore Louie Gagnet. Gagnet, last year’s ACC Most Valuable Diver, won both the one- and three-meter springboard events and broke his own three-meter school record in doing so. Gagnet’s score of 380.92 on the three-meter surpassed the previous record of 363.85, which he set last season. He scored 312.75 to win the one-meter event.
The Seminoles started the meet off strong, winning four of the first five events, before having to stave-off a comeback attempt by the Pioneers. The Tribe scored first in the 200-yard medley relay when junior Tal Stricker, sophomores Andrew Castro and Michael Averett and freshman Brent Campbell combined to touch the wall at 1:37.67. The Seminoles had a second relay team actually finish ahead of Stricker and company, but was disqualified.
FSU went on to earn wins from sophomore Alan Ribeiro in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:48.01), junior Fernando Jacome, a former Pioneer swimmer, in the 200-free (1:41.86) and junior Wickus Nienaber in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.59) before IRCC made their run of four-straight wins in the swimming events. Nienaber, however, put an end to IRCC’s comeback with his second win, and the Seminole’s last, of the day in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.96).
FSU will host its third-straight home meet on Nov. 19, when they take on rival Florida. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Leach Center Pool, FSU’s indoor facility.