March 18, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS –
It only took the Florida State University women’s swimming and diving team one day to exceed its point total from the entire 2003 NCAA Championships. The Seminoles finished day one of the 2004 edition with 23 points, tying them for 18th, thanks to a pair of swims in the relay.
Florida State notched a time of 4:07.92 to take 12th in the 400 medley relay, while scoring seven points with a mark of 1:42.83 in the 200 free relay. The medley quartet moved up four spots from its 16th-place showing during the prelims.
“I’m very excited,” FSU head man Neil Harper said. “Both relays did exactly what we though they could do and it’s a great start for us. I’m really happy that all of our girls have earned honorable mention All-America honors.”
Making up the 200 free relay was Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Rachel
Dong (Paramount, Calif.), Lisa How (Preston, England) and Emma Dutton (Bradford, England).
Breen, How and Dutton were members of the 400 medley relay, along with freshman Lauren Brick
Because 2004 is an Olympic year, the NCAA Championships are being swum in
short-course meters as oppose to the normal short-course yards set up.
Individually the Seminole highest finisher came on the one-meter board as junior Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned Honorable Mention All-America
honors with her tenth-place finish of 270.40. Joining her in the competition was freshman
Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) as she placed 41st in her first NCAA competition.
The only Florida State swimmer to compete during the morning session was
Dutton as she took part in the 50 free. Despite a bad start, the senior notched a time
of 25.50 to take 23rd.
“Two have two divers and five swimmers earn their way here individual says alot about our program,” Harper added. “We still have our strong events left so the next few days will be very interesting.”
The three-day event continues on Friday (March 19) with the 100-yard distance in the