November 3, 2003 - by
FSU Swimming and Diving Ventures Out For First Road Meets of 2003-04

Nov. 3, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –

Who: Florida State University Men's and Women's
Swimming and Diving
What: Women: at #16 Michigan/Michigan State
& Michigan Relays
Men: at Clemson
When: Women: Fri. (Nov. 7) @ 5 p.m. & Sat. (Nov. 8) All Day
Men: Saturday (Nov. 8) @ 11 a.m.
Where: Women: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Men: Clemson, S.C.


WOMEN TRAVEL TO MICHIGAN FOR TWO SWIMS, MEN GET INTO ACC COMPETITION AT
CLEMSON:

Through the first three meets of the season, the Florida State University
swimming and diving teams have enjoyed the comforts of home. That will
change this week when both teams head out onto the road. The 20th-ranked
women’s team (6-0 overall) will face an early season challenge when it
takes on No. 16 Michigan and Michigan State at 5 p.m. on Friday. The next
day FSU takes part in the Michigan Relays. The Seminoles beat the
Spartans in their only previous meeting, while Friday’s contest will be
the first against the Wolverines.


While the women are in Michigan, the No. 19 men’s team (4-0 overall) will
join the Florida State caravan-football and volleyball also play at
CU-in Clemson S.C. with the first event schedule for 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Even though the Seminoles hold an 8-2 advantage over the Tigers, in
recent years Clemson has been a tough opponent for the Tribe. The two
teams have not lined up against each other in a dual meet since the
2001-02 campaign when CU came away with a 156-85 victory.


SEMINOLES STAY PERFECT WITH VICTORIES OVER FLORIDA ATLANTIC AND INDIAN RIVER:
Facing its toughest opponents to date and swimming several more events,
Florida State rose to the challenge on Saturday (Nov. 1) and came away
with a pair of victories from both the men and women against Florida
Atlantic and Indian River CC. The women defeated FAU 182-106, while
taking down Indian River 203-88. The men had just as much success,
winning 190-83 versus the Owls, while beating the Pioneers 209-69. On the
women’s side, three swimmers and one diver captured a pair of victories,
while the men spread their wins out amongst nine different athletes.


NO SHOE CONTRACT, NO SUV, NO PROBLEM FOR FSU ROOKIES:
LeBron James they are not, but three freshmen on the Florida State
rosters have made a big impact this season. Rookie Tommy Bishop (Houston,
Texas) posted a 15:46.51 in the 1,650 freestyle on Saturday. His mark is
the ninth-fastest in school history and is the best men’s time in that
event since 2000. Fellow distance swimmer Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) also
broke the 16-minute mark in the mile (15:58.98) and won the 500 free
(4:33.98) for his third victory and sixth top-three finish. On the
women’s side, Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) had a breakthrough performance
in the 100 breaststroke. She won the event against FAU & IRCC with a time
of 1:03.53, ranking her fifth in Seminole swimming lore and second in the
ACC this year.


BIG WHEEL(ER) KEEPS ON TURNING FOR MEN’S PROGRAM:
As team captain, senior Matt Wheeler (Houston, Texas) is a leader for the
men’s team away from the pool deck. Saturday he got the job done in the
water with a pair of victories. He started the day with a Seminole
season-best time of 1:53.68 in the 200 butterfly, ranking him tenth in
the league. Later in the meet, Wheeler was the first to the wall in the
200-yard individual medley as he touched in at 1:58.65. Joel Roycik
(Winter Park, Fla.) was the only other male swimmer to win two or more
events as he took the 100 free (45.91) and 100 fly (50.74).


WOMEN PRODUCED THREE OF THE ACC’S BEST TIMES OVER THE WEEKEND
The ACC top times list will have a Garnet & Gold flavor with three of the
league’s top marks posted this weekend by Florida State. Junior Lisa How
(Preston, England) owns both butterfly marks with 56.24 in the 100 fly to
go along with a 2:01.11 at the 200-yard distance. Who is the fastest
swimmer in the league? At this point in time it’s senior Emma Dutton
(Bradford, England) with her 50 freestyle time of 23.47. How and Dutton
were double winners on Saturday, along with Tiffany Manning (Mission
Viejo, Calif.) on both one-meter (287.10) and three-meter (315.98)
boards, while Katie Byrnes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) took the 100 (58.02)
and 200 (2:03.86) backstrokes.


FROM THE POOL DECK:
Head Coach Neil Harper:


On women’s trip to Michigan: “Going on the road to Michigan is going to
be a challenge, they’re ranked ahead of us, and Michigan State is not
going to be easy. It’s critical that the girls are up and ready for the
meet. When we’re firing on all cylinders we can be a very good dual meet
team.”


On men’s meet with Clemson: “We’ve never had good luck at Clemson.
They’ve always been prepared for us. We’ve got to turn the tables and go
in there and except the challenge. Everybody has to put forth their best
effort if we’re going to have a chance to win the meet.”

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