Nov. 2, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team earned a huge victory against last year’s Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-1 ACC) with a 144.5-98.5 win. The Seminoles move to 3-0 on the year and 1-0 in the conference after winning nine of the meet’s 13 events Saturday afternoon at the Bim Stutls Outdoor Pool. Leading the way were five Seminoles, senior Devin Crock, juniors Wickus Nienaber and Michael Paulus, sophomore Louie Gagnet and freshman Joel Roycik, who each picked up two wins.
To begin the meet, Crock, Nienaber, senior Nnamnse Ammons and freshman Chris Vythoulkas won the 400-yard medley relay at 3:23.89. The 400-medley time is currently the second-fastest mark in the ACC. Nienaber swam the third-fastest time in the ACC this year to win the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:04.93. Crock’s second victory of the day came in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.75).
The Seminoles ruled the pool in the freestyle sprints and 400-free relay. Paulus won the 50-free at 20.88, which is third best in the ACC and tops on the team. Roycik followed in second place at 21.18 and senior Joey Marshburn tied for third at 21.66. In the 100-free, the Seminoles finished first, second, third and fourth, with all four Seminoles turning in ACC top-10 times. Roycik took the 100-free victory (46.20), followed by Paulus (46.67), Ammons (46.97) and senior Matt Carmen (47.06). The Tribe ended the day with a victory in the 400-free relay as Carmen, Paulus, Marshburn and Roycik teamed up to touch wall at 3:06.27.
The Tribe earned important team points in the diving events, as well. Sophomore Louie Gagnet swept both springboards by turning the second-best score in the ACC on the one-meter (285.10) and winning the three-meter at 313.10. Fellow sophomore Sam Hood finished second in the three-meter (238.80) and third on the one-meter (252.05).
Rounding out the wins for FSU was junior Fernando Jacome won the 200-free at 1:40.72, which ranks him fourth in the ACC.
The Seminoles return to the pool next Saturday, Nov. 9, when they host their second home meet of the season against Indian River Community College. The meet is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start at the Stults pool.