March 27, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas –
Sophomore diver Louie Gagnet turned in the Seminoles first top 25 finish at the 2003 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday in Austin, Texas with a 21st-place finish on the one-meter springboard with a score of 273.8. The finish is an improvement from last season’s 28th-place finish as a freshman. Gagnet will compete on the three-meter springboard on Friday, an event which he holds the school record in with a score of 621.05 for 11 dives.
Senior Justin Betts competed in the 200-yard IM, placing 37th with a time of 1:50.11. Betts finished 40th in the 200-IM last year at the NCAA meet. He will be joined by junior teammate Wickus Nienaber in tomorrow’s 100-yard breaststroke competition. Betts enters the 100-breast ranked 22nd in the nation with a time of 54.39. He is third all-time at FSU with a career-best 100-breast time of 54.29. Nienaber is 25th in the nation at 54.45, which ranks fourth all-time at FSU.
Friday’s action will begin with preliminary heats at noon and championship finals at 8 p.m. EST.
Remaining schedule of events for FSU: Friday - Three-meter springboard, 100-breast Saturday - 10-meter platform, 200-breast