Dec. 9, 2003
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC –
While most of the Florida State University women’s swimming team finished up the fall campaign at the Texas A&M Invitational, senior Andree-Anne LeRoy still had one more competition before finals began. The Canadian born Seminole went up against her country’s best at the Canadian Short Course Nationals.
Hosted at the Universit? Laval from November 27-30, the Short Course Nationals is one of the first steps for Canadian swimmers on their way to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
“Whenever you recruit international athletes, you know that one of their goals is to make their national team,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “This was an opportunity for Andree-Anne to compete back home and give her some exposure to heighten her chances of getting selected for their Olympic team.”
LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia) had a strong showing at the meet as she posted four top-ten finishes in the backstroke and individual medley events. As the only representative for her club team, Hamilton Aquatic Club, she scored 52 points to place 11th among the women’s teams and 22nd overall.
Her best showing came during the 50-meter backstroke where she posted a fourth-place mark of 29.19 in the finals after a 29.46 during the prelims. At the 200-meter distance, she improved her time in the finals with her 2:14.44 placing her 6th.
Sixth-place was also her finish in the 200-meter individual medley as she touched in at 2:18.18. Earlier in the day, she posted a top-time of 2:17.53. LeRoy’s two swims in the 100-meter backstroke mirrored her efforts in the 200 IM as she swam an eighth-place 1:03.40 in the finals after posting a 1:03.12 during the prelims.
With finals being held on the Tallahassee campus, Florida State is off until after the holiday season. The Seminoles will be back in action after the New Year when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on North Florida and UNC-Wilmington on January 4.