Jan. 9, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Two different paths led to a pair of victories as the Florida State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams prevailed over North Carolina State on Friday (January 9). The men’s team scored a 134-103 triumph against the Wolfpack, while the women were victorious by a tally of 148-93.
The Seminole men’s program only won seven of the 13 events and relied on its depth to pick up the necessary points. Florida State had two of the three top finishers in all but one event. On the flip side, the women’s team dominated with a dozen victories. The men’s team improves to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the women win in their first league meet, while moving to 12-2 on the season.
“We came out from the start and performed well,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I think they were excited to compete against ACC competition and just excited to be at home. The combination of that with some of kids working through some tough events, I’m proud of how we performed today.”
Only one swimmer on the men’s side came away with more than one triumph. Freshman Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) captured the 1,000 freestyle (9:18.63) and 500 free (4:31.42). Fellow rookie Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio), who finished second to Bishop in both races, hit the wall first in the 200 butterfly (1:52.79).
Winning the 200 breaststroke was senior Wickus Nienaber (Manzini, Swaziland) as he returned from illness to swim a 2:03.55, placing him fifth in the ACC in his lone outing in the race. Turning in FSU’s other individual victory was Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as he took the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:41.86. The men also won the 400 medley and 400 free relays.
Just the opposite, three Seminoles on the women’s team came away with more than victory. Rookie Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) captured both the one meter (309.00) and three-meter boards (338.25). Her score on the three meter is a season high. Florida State won both relays.
Continuing their winning ways, seniors Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) and Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) each captured a pair of victories. Dutton first took the 50 free in 23.53 before coming back to win at the 100-yard distance with a 51.50. LeRoy led a one-two-three sweep of the 200 IM (2:05.48) then rallied in the last 100 yards to win the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.81).
“They’re on schedule and they looked good,” Harper added of Dutton and LeRoy. “We have to rely on them. That’s the mark of good team is that they’ve got good leaders. We had contributions all the way down the line and that was the big thing about today. We’re excited about getting contributions from everyone.”
Other winners for the women including Emily Breen’s (Savannah, Ga.) swim in the 200 free (1:52.23) and Lisa How (Preston, England) as she hit the wall first in the 200 fly (2:02.02). Senior Katie Byrnes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) took home the blue ribbon in the 200 backstroke (2:06.22) and Loren Hansen (Pensacola, Fla.) stood atop the winner’s stand after taking the 500 free (4:59.90).
Florida State will be back in the water next weekend when it swims its second conference opponent in the row. The Seminoles take their show on the road when they face Georgia Tech on January 17 at 12 p.m.