Oct. 5, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming team is poised and ready for the University of Miami in its first meet next Saturday after a great inter-squad meet at the Stults Aquatic Center. Coach Neil Harper, in his third year at Florida State, was in good spirits after strong performances by not only his veterans but also the squads’ newcomers. Eight of the 24 events were won by freshmen.
Senior All-American Christy Cech led the way for the women’s squad placing first in all three events she participated in, including the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle. Senior Keryn Krynauw started where she left off last season by taking first place in both of her events, the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. One of the thirteen new freshman faces on the women’s team, Lisa How, was able to place first in the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle.
The distance freestyle was a concern for Florida State coming into the season but freshman Ted Bradley may be able to alleviate some of those worries. Bradley took first place in an impressive showing in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle events. He lapped his opponents in the 1000-yard freestyle. Two freshmen swimmers, Alan Ribeiro and Michael Averett, rounded out the freshman sweep of the freestyle competition with wins in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle. After an impressive spring, Wickus Nienaber showed off for the team with his first place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle.
There was stiff competition in women’s diving with All-ACC Chelsie Lerew and freshman Tiffany Manning battling it out. The diving team competed in two one-meter dives, instead of the one-meter and three-meter, with Manning and Lerew each taking first in one of the events. Sophomore Lauren Walker rebounded from a disappointing fourth-place finish in the first event to take third the second time around.
The Seminoles will start their season on Saturday October 13 in Tallahassee, Fla., against their in-state rivals the University of Miami.