June 14, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team announced the signing of five new members to the 2002-2003 squad. Head coach Neil Harper signed one swimmer, Chris Vythoulkas (Pompano Beach, Fla.), and divers Jason Beinlich (Ridley Park, Penn.), Pete Crane (Fairport, N.Y.), Sam Hood (Philadelphia) and Stuart de la Rossa (Erdenhiem, Penn.). The new recruits will join a strong returning class, and the Seminoles’ lone signing from the fall, which will enable the Tribe to vie for the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
Vythoulkas comes to FSU as a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School, while competing for the Ft. Lauderdale Swim Team. A native of the Bahamas, Vythoulkas also competed on the Bahamian National Team. Harper will look for Vythoulkas to add depth for the Seminoles in the 100-yard butterfly, 100- and 200-freestyles, as well as the 100- and 200-backstrokes.
“He’s very well rounded,” stated Harper on Vythoulkas. “He has skills in a lot of strokes. I can see him contributing in a lot of dual meets and especially at the end of the year in individual events and relays. I’m excited about the potential he has.”
Divers Beinlich, Hood and de la Rossa arrive in Tallahassee after competing for the club team L’Air Berege under head coach Chris Berege in Pennsylvania.
Beinlich joins the Seminoles after earning high school All-America and All-State honors the last two seasons at Ridley High School. In addition, he broke the one-meter (six dives) record for Delaware County and holds the school record on the one-meter for six and 11 dives.
Hood is a sophomore transfer from LaSalle University. As a freshman at LaSalle, Hood won Atlantic-10 Diver of the Year honors and was named the Most Outstanding Diver at the 2002 Verizon Atlantic-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. In high school, he was a two-time state and district champion.
De la Rossa will compete for the Tribe after an impressive high school career at Springfield Township High. As a senior, de la Rossa won the state championship on the one-meter.
Crane rounds out the signees for FSU. At Fairport High School, Crane earned All-America status twice and was a six-time all-county diver. He also competed at the summer Junior Olympic Nationals five times and at the winter Junior Olympic Nationals seven times. As a student, Crane earned Merit Roll honors four times and took home the National English Merit Award.
“We got young kids with a lot of potential,” stated FSU’s diving coach Patrick Jeffrey on the incoming class of divers. “They’re great kids. I recruited these kids specifically because I like them, they’re good kids. They work hard and have a great work ethic. I think they’re really going to contribute to the culture of the team. I’m really excited about working with them.”