March 28, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas –
Sophomore Louie Gagnet earned All-America honorable mention honors following a ninth-place finish on the three-meter springboard with a score of 531.8 Friday afternoon at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. In addition to Gagnet’s performance, junior Wickus Nienaber and senior Justin Betts placed in the top 20 in the 200-yard breaststroke. The Seminoles are currently 22nd in the standings heading into Friday night’s finals action.
Gagnet became the first Seminole diver to earn All-America recognition since Paul Spray completed the feat in 1992 on both the one- and three-meter springboards. Gagnet, the school record holder on the three-meter springboard for six and 11 dives, will compete tomorrow on the 10-meter platform. He is also the second Seminole to earn All-America honorable mention honors this season for head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey, joining fellow sophomore Tiffany Manning who earned the honor at last week’s women’s meet with a 10th-place finish on the 10-meter platform. Manning, who earned first team All-America honors as a freshman, became the first female diver in FSU history to accomplish All-America status twice.
In the lanes, Nienaber turned in an impressive 18th-place finish in the 100-breast with a time of 54.57, just missing an All-America honorable mention award. Entering the meet, Nienaber was 25th in the nation. Betts improved on last year’s 24th-place performance with a 20th-place finish at 54.64. He was ranked 22nd prior to the NCAA meet. Both Nienaber and Betts will perform in tomorrow’s 200-breast event.
Saturday’s action will begin with preliminary heats at noon and championship finals at 8 p.m. EST.