Nov. 23, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
If the start of the second half of the season is anything like the last meet of the fall campaign, then the Florida State University swimming and diving teams could expect big in 2004. The men’s team placed second at the Texas A&M Invitational, finishing with 2,175.5 points, while the women completed the event with 1,337.5 points, placing them fourth.
Coming up with the women’s second victory of the three-day event was freshman Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.). The rookie diver captured the platform event with her top score of 408.85. Junior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored 343.55 points to take fifth.
A pair of men’s swimmers came away with second places finishes. Rookie Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) posted an NCAA B-cut time of 15:23.89 in the 1,500 freestyle. He was one of three Seminoles in the top eight, followed by Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) in fifth (15:33.02) and Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) one spot back (15:55.65).
Swimming in the final heat for the third time, sophomore Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) claimed second-place in the 100 freestyle with his 45.06. Michael Avertt (Davie, Fla.) finished just behind in third (45.27), while Michael Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa) claimed sixth in a time of 45.38. The three joined up with Chris Vythoulkas (Nassau, Bahamas) to take second in the 400 free relay, touching in a 3:21.53.
Anther second-place finish for the men came in the 200 breaststroke as senior Tal Stricker (Ramat-Gan, Israel) hit the wall in 2:02.67. Bishop scored his second top-eight mark of the day with his 2:06.77. During the platform diving, sophomore Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) took third with a score of 361.50.
In the lanes, the women’s best individual finish came from Emma Dutton (Bradford, England). The senior recorded her third NCAA standard time of the weekend with her second-place finish of 50.49 in the 100 free. Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) also made it under the NCAA mark with her 50.76 to place sixth.
Joining Dutton and Breen with an NCAA B-cut time was senior Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) as her 2:01.43 in the 200 backstroke placed her fourth. She came back in the 200 breaststroke to notch a sixth-place 2:20.16. Also finishing sixth was Lisa Hutton (Preston, England) as she touched in with a 2:01.64 to complete the 200 fly.
Rounding out the men’s participants in the top eight was a pair of newcomers. Senior Justin Lawrance (Sloane Park, South Africa) notched a 1:50.98 in the 200 backstroke and the 200 butterfly saw Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C). touch in with a 1:52.17.
The Seminoles are almost completely finished until after the new year. The divers will travel to the CAMO Diving Invitational, December 6-7, in Montreal, Canada. Florida State’s next dual meet is January 3 against North Florida and UNC-Wilmington.