Jan. 20, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Who: Florida State Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving What: Home meet versus Alabama When: Friday, January 23 (3 p.m.) Where: Tallahassee, Fla. (Bobby E. Leach Center)
FSU TRIES TO SEND SENIORS OUT ON HIGH NOTE AGAINST THE TIDE: No senior wants to have the lasting memory of losing their final home meet. The Florida State University swimming and diving teams want to ensure that the 13 seniors on this year’s squad don’t have that happen to them. The Seminoles swim their final home meet of the 2003-04 campaign when they play host to Alabama at 3 p.m. on Friday (January 23).
For the women’s team, the outgoing senior class includes: Katie Brynes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Rachel Dong (Paramount, Calif.), Emma Dutton (Bradford, England), Loren Hansen (Pensacola, Fla.), Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia), Amy Lo (Longwood, Fla.), Tonya Rasor (Niceville, Fla.) and Jennifer Smith (Pensacola, Fla.). Making up the men’s seniors are: Justin Lawrance (Sloane Park, South Africa), Michael Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa), Wickus Nienaber (Manzini, Swaziland), Tal Stricker (Ramat-Gan, Israel) and Matt Wheeler (Houston, Texas).
SEMINOLES TRY TO PULL EVEN WITH ALABAMA ON FRIDAY: Over the years, Florida State and Alabama have had many close meets with the Crimson Tide hold a one-meet advantage over both the men (9-8) and women (7-6). The last meeting between the two schools was on January 25, 2002, when the women upset the No. 21 Tide, 164-136. The men couldn’t pull of the upset as 16th-ranked Alabama came away with a 160-138 victory.
ELEVEN RECORD GO DOWN AS FSU DEFEATS GEORGIA TECH: The author of the record books for the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center will have to get the eraser out after Florida State’s trip to Atlanta on Saturday. When it was all said and done, the Seminoles broke eleven pool records. More importantly, Florida State also came away with a pair of victories. The women won by a 143-86 total, while the men took home a 138-101 victory.
ROYCIK AND LEREW LEAD RECORD-SETTING AFTERNOON: Of the eight individual records broken at Georgia Tech, half came from Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.). The sophomore Roycik set new marks in the 200 (1:40.67) and 100 free (45.73). On the board, the rookie Lerew posted pool records in the one-meter (274.65) and three-meter (336.67) competition. Roycik also took part in the record-setting 400 free relay (3:05.69)
B IS FOR NCAA BOUND: Besides all the records broken, two swims garnered some attention on Saturday as a pair of Seminoles produced NCAA “B” cut times. For the seventh time this season, senior Emma Dutton produced a “B” time in the 50 free as she notched a 23.46. Then in the 100 free, junior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) beat the standard with her time of 51.20.
FABULOUS FRESHMEN: All season long, the Seminoles have gotten big production out of freshmen Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Brittany Lerew. The last two weeks, Bishop is undefeated in the 1,650, 1,000 and 500 frees. Lerew has had just as much success, winning the one and three-meter boards against NC State and Georgia Tech.