Nov. 21, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
Fifth-year Florida State University swimming and diving coach Neil Harper was looking for excitement and strong performances out of his squads at the Texas A&M Invitational. Through the first day of competition, the FSU deck boss got just that as the men are second place at 718.5 points, while the women’s total of 417 places them sixth.
Highlighting the meet for the Seminoles was the performance of the women’s 400-meter medley relay. The quartet of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Lisa How (Preston, England) and Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) produced the Tribe’s only victory as they came away with a winning time of 4:07.70. To start the meet, Breen, Rachel Dong (Paramount, Calif.), How and Dutton took second in the 200-meter free relay (1:43.32).
The men’s squad also got the three-day competition started on a high note when the team of Michael Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa), Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.), Chris Vythoulkas (Nassau, Bahamas) and Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) also placed second (1:29.94) in the 200 free relay.
Another successful event for both the men and the women was the 50 freestyle. Dutton placed second with her mark of 23.09, while Paulus produced a 20.58 to also take second. The men had four of the eight swimmers in the finals of the event as Roycik took third (20.45), while Averett placed fifth (20.75) and Vythoulkas was seventh (20.70).
The freshman distance tandem of Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) continued their strong rookie campaign. Back in his native state, Bishop finished third in the 500 free at 4:28.63, while Roof’s 4:31.48 placed him one spot behind. Senior Tal Stricker (Ramat-Gan, Israel) had one of his performances of the fall, taking fourth in the 200 individual medley with a 1:51.15.
Also scoring big points in the IM was senior Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia). Her mark of 2:02.52 was good enough for a third-place finish. Rounding out the women’s participants in the finals was How as she notched a 4:49.56 in the 500 free to place eighth.
During the diving competition the men placed three divers in the top eight of the three-meter board. Stuart de la Rosa (Enderhiem, Pa.) placed fourth with his 289.25. Coming in sixth was Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) at 260.05, while one spot back was Curtis Schroeger’s (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 249.05. Freshman Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) placed sixth in the men’s three-meter with a 433.10 to go along with an eighth-place mark of 377.95 by junior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville).
The competition continues on Saturday at the SRC Center.