Nov. 13, 2004
MIAMI, Fla. –
Traditionally a strong team at home, the Florida State University swimming and diving coaching staff wanted to challenge its squad by taking it on the road where it would have to face strong competition, as well as the rigors of life away from home.
On Saturday (November 13) the Seminoles answered the call once again with the women collecting three victories over Florida International (230-54), Florida Atlantic (1188-111) and Indian River CC (214-84), while the men added wins over Florida Atlantic (229-71) and Indian River (195-99). The No. 19 women improve to 12-2 to go along with a 9-1 record for the 24th-ranked men.
“It’s been a good weekend for us,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s tough on everyone, the drive down, the travel, but it’s good for us. Everyone stepped forward with season-best times or good splits. We got to swim some people in their off events so that was good for us.”
Both squads opened the morning competition with victories in 200 medley relay. Leading off the meet was the women’s quartet of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Brittany Stevens (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) as they posted a winning 1:47.28. Hitting the wall first with a winning 1:33.62 was the team of Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.).
The winning continued as both teams won the 1,000 yard freestyle. Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.) won her third event of the weekend when she posted a 10:18.47. Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) got in on the action with a top time of 9:30.69. Picking up the next victory was Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as he notched a 1:42.19 to take the 200 free. Getting the women back in the win column was freshman Stacey Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) with her 59.09 to capture the 100 backstroke.
Florida State pulled away in both meets as it won nine of the last 12 events on both the men and women’s side. Starting the run was the 100 breaststroke where Brick hit the wall in 1:04.77 to take the event, while Jamerson posted a victory with a 56.15. The Seminoles took both top spots in the 50 free with Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) touching in at 23.85 while Roycik posted a season-best 20.99.
Both diving events belong to Florida State as senior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) posted two victories. The captain McClow posted a 283.05 to win the one-meter with a top score of 271.30 on the three-meter. A 284.55 gave the rookie Tilbrook the victory on the one-meter board while his 261.95 gave him the blue ribbon in the three-meter event.
Second individual victories were picked up Ellis and Rademacher as Ellis won the 100 free at 51.83 and Rademacher posted a 2:06.23 to take the 200 backtstroke. A pair of high school teammates won the next two events for the men. Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) got his first victory by taking the 100 free in 46.72 while Powell captured the 200 back with at time of 1:50.87.
“Joel Roycik swam fast today, getting two good wins in the 100 fly and 50 free as well as swimming on the medley relay,” Harper added. “Carrie Ellis really stepped up her performances this weekend as did Golda.”
Anther first time winner was rookie Kristin Oxford (Charlotte, N.C.) as he brought home the blue ribbon with a 4:58.90 in the 500 freestyle. Collecting the fourth win of the weekend was Ribeiro as he swam a 4:40.07 to take the 500 free. Sweeping the 100 fly was Breen as she hit the wall at 56.76, while Roycik notched a 50.16 to take top honors.
“Alan really stepped forward this weekend and for a senior to do that is really good,” Harper noted. “He got to see his family this weekend and when you don’t get to see them for a while it makes it that much more enjoyable when you do. He’s really coming into his own and the training is starting to pay off.”
Wrapping up the met was two victories in the 800-yard freestyle relay. First up was the women’s foursome of Kate Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.), Rademacher, Marcus and Renee Gajda (Gold Coast, Australia) as they won in a time of 7:46.29. Taking the men’s race was Ribeiro, Stephan Conner (Burr Ridge, Ill.), Brett Irvin (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Roof in a top time of 6:55.86.
Florida State is back in action on Tuesday when it plays host to rival Florida at 5 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center. The Florida women’s team is ranked third in the country while the men are fourth.