Feb. 22, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team ended a successful Day Two at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Friday evening, as the No. 21 Lady Seminoles broke three school records and remained in the hunt for the their first ever conference crown. FSU placed second in two championship events and competed in six other championship finals to end the day in third place with 374 points.
Friday’s finals began with the 200-yard medley relay. The FSU relay squad of freshman Emily Breen, sophomore Emma Dutton and seniors Candice Nethercott and Christy Cech finished second with a school record and NCAA-B cut time of 1:41.58. Following the race, the same four ladies received their first-place medals from last night’s championship run in the 400-medley relay.
Nethercott returned to the blocks for the championship heat in the 100-yard butterfly. With a second-place time of 54.48, Nethercott not only swam the second-fastest time in school history, but also automatically qualified for the 2002 NCAA National Championship.
In the 400-yard IM, freshman Lisa How broke the school record with a NCAA-B cut time of 4:21.97. The record time was good enough to win the 400-IM consolation final.
The third school record to fall came on the three-meter dive preliminaries. Sophomore Chelsie Lerew qualified first and broke her old school record, which she set as a freshman last season, with a score of 544.75 for her 11 dives. The Lady Seminoles will head into tomorrow’s three-meter final with four out of the eight competitors wearing garnet and gold. Freshman Tiffany Manning qualified second (506.00) and senior Michelle Sekeres qualified third (503.95). Freshman Courtney McClow, who won last night’s one-meter title, qualified seventh (329.80). Senior captain Caren Hirai did not make the final cut, but will earn FSU valuable points with a tenth-place finish (379.55).
FSU picked up strong points in the 100-yard breaststroke as Dutton finished fourth with a B-cut time of 1:02.68, and senior Keryn Krynauw placed eighth (1:04.22) in the championship final.
Senior captain Amber Goodwin turned in an impressive performance in the 100-yard backstroke championship final with a fifth-place finish at 56.92.
Senior Christy Cech, who placed second in the 50-yard freestyle last night, took home sixth-place with a NCAA-B cut time of 1:50.33 in the 200-free.
The consolation finals produced important team points for the Seminoles. Freshman Emily Breen came in third place with a NCAA B-cut time of 56.15 in the 100-fly consolation. Breen later placed second in the 100-back consolation (57.14). In addition to How’s victory in the 400-IM consolation, freshman Laura Kenney came in fifth-place (4:27.45). Lo placed third in the 200-free consolation at 1:52.04, followed by Hansen’s seventh-place time of 1:53.36.
The standings after Day Two are as followed: 1. No. 15 North Carolina (432.5 points), 2. No. 12 Virginia (403), 3. Florida State (374), 4. Clemson (282.5), 5. Maryland (254), 6. N.C. State (209), 7. Duke (175), 8. Georgia Tech (165).
The final day of competition will begin tomorrow with preliminary heats at 11 a.m. for the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast and 200-fly. Finals for those events are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will include the three-meter dive final and 400-free relay final.