Oct. 30, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. –
On the second day of an Atlantic Coast Conference quad meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Florida State University swimming and diving coach Neil Harper wanted his teams to widen the gap in the meets it was winning. The Seminoles did exactly that on Saturday (Oct. 30) with the men’s team winning all three contests and the women taking two.
With the three wins, the men improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. The 24th-ranked Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 189.50-163.50, while taking down the hosts 188-162 and adding a 240-113 win over Maryland. The No. 19 women took down No. 24 Virginia Tech 211-142 and beat the Yellow Jackets 243-110. FSU lost to No. 15 Maryland 228.50-124.50. FSU women’s mark improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.
“We had a great team effort from the men,” Harper said. “They came together under adversity, I’m proud of their efforts and I think they are better team today than they were two days ago. It was a back and fourth meet and we had some guys that really stepped up today. The sprinters did a great job and Paul Erben and Billy Jamerson in the 200 breaststroke swam inspired and really fired the team up.”
Just like on Friday, the men’s team got a big boost during the sprints as the Seminoles took three of the top four spots. Taking top honors was rookie Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) as he posted the top mark in the league this year with a winning 45.98. Junior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) was right behind in third place (46.52), while sophomore Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) touched in with a fourth-place 46.53.
Florida State followed the win in the 100 free with 1-3 finishes in two of the next three events. Senior Michael Averett (Dave, Fla.) posted a season-best 50.21 to take the 100 butterfly with fellow captain Roycik in third place at 51.57. Busting through with a career-best time of 2:03.88 to win the 200 breaststroke was sophomore Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) and freshman Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) followed with a third-place 2:06.65.
Putting all three of the men’s meets out of reach was the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of Brett Irvin (Boca Raton, Fla.), Kennon, Denton and Roycik posted the fastest time in the conference this year with their winning 3:04.56.
Giving the Seminoles a big boost was the women’s one-meter diving where Florida State took three of the top four spots. Senior captain Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) won the event by 19 points (291.35) over sophomore teammate Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) and her 272.70. Sophomore Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) took fourth at 237.25.
“To win five of the six meets was a great effort and I couldn’t ask for much more,” Harper added. “It was good shot in the arm for the team. Maryland has a great women’s team with good depth and our girls did what we wanted them to do and that was race with them. The divers felt better about the one meter and dove really well.”
Coming through for the women’s first victory of the day was senior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.). The co-captain tied Maryland’s Mari Mulyayeva with her season-best mark of 56.00 in the 100 butterfly. Florida State got second-place marks from Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) in the 100 free (51.72 – season best) and a career-best 2:05.23 from Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) during the 200 backstroke.
The 500 freestyle netted a pair of top three performances from the Seminoles. Sophomore Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) notched a 4:30.78, while senior Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.) touched in with a season-best 4:56.28–just a second off her personal-best–to take third. Junior Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) took third on the one-meter board with a 262.00.
The Seminoles opened up both competitions with second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The men’s quartet of Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawai’i), Jamerson, Averett and Kennon got out-touched by 0.16 by the team from Virginia Tech.
Breen, Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Brittany Stevens (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) hit the wall at 1:45.04 in the women’s race. The FSU finished the two day event with a second-place mark of 3:28.77 in the 400 free relay from the team of Kristin Oxford (Charlotte, N.C.), Katie Metka (Largo, Fla.), Woodard and Ellis.
Florida State is back in action on November 12 when it travels to south Florida to take on Miami and Indian River CC, followed by Florida International and Florida Atlantic the next day.