Nov. 22, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
With every passing day of the Texas A&M Invitational, the Florida State University swimming and diving teams are performing better and better. After a solid opening session, both teams kicked it into gear on Saturday (November 22). Back by a pair of victories, the women’s team moved up two spots to No. 4 with 915 points, while the men’s 1592.5 points kept them in second.
Just as it did on Friday, the relays got the Seminoles off to a good start. The women’s team captured the 200 medley relay as the foursome of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Rachel Dong (Paramount, Calif.) and Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) hit the wall with a time of 1:43.25.
On the men’s side, Florida State’s 200 medley quartet of Chris Vythoulkas (Nassau, Bahamas), Tal Stricker (Ramat-Gan, Israel), Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Michael Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa) placed second with a 1:33.39. To cap the day’s action, Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio), Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) and Brett Irvin (Boca Raton, Fla.) hit the wall in 6:46.30 to place second in the 800 free relay.
Bringing home the Seminoles’ first individual victory was Dutton as the won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.49. FSU had three of the top four swimmers in the event. The men’s best finish came from Vythoulkas as his second-place finish (49.43) in the 100 butterfly was one of four Seminoles in the finals of the event. He also finished third in the 100 backstroke (50.07).
Two more third-place marks were turned in by the men’s team. Texas native Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) hit the wall in 3:59.76 during the 400 IM, while Ribeiro 1:40.57 was one of five Florida State swimmers in the top heat. A fifth-place finish was picked up by Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) in the 400 IM (4:22.21), while Breen’s 54.53 in the 100 fly placed her fifth. She later added a sixth-place mark in the 100 back (56.10). Rookie Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) finished sixth in the three-meter diving (423.10).
Florida State swims its last meet before the holiday break when it finishes up the event on Sunday at the SRC Center.