Feb. 21, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
The No. 24 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team ended the second day of competition at the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in fourth place. Junior Emma Dutton won her first individual ACC title by placing first in the 100-yard breaststroke. The title was the fourth for the Lady Seminoles at this year’s meet. In addition, the Tribe broke three school records in tonight’s action.
Dutton’s time of 1:01.87 in the 100-breast broke her own school record and automatically qualified her for the NCAA championships. Fellow junior Andree-Anne LeRoy, who won the 200-IM title on Thursday night, finished third in the 400-IM by breaking her own school record with a NCAA B-cut time of 4:18.40.
Hansen added a third-place finish in the 200-free with the third-fastest time in school history of 1:49.25 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA championships. Sophomore Emily Breen added yet another third-place finish for the Lady Seminoles by swimming a NCAA B-cut time of 55.03 in the 100-butterfly.
Rounding out the top finishes for FSU was the 200-medley relay team of Breen, Dutton, junior Rachel Dong and sophomore Jennie Lyes. The squad finished fourth with a time of 1:41.97. Only .32 seconds separated FSU from co-champions Virginia and Clemson who won the event with a time of 1:41.65.
Other scoring performances came from How in the 400-IM (11th, 4:21.49), Dong in the 100-breast (12th, 1:05.08) and Lyes in the 100-back (13th, 57.79).
The Lady Seminoles remain in striking distance for their first conference title, separated by only 100 points from current leader Virginia and only 12 points behind second place North Carolina.
Current standings are as followed: 1. Virginia (464), 2. UNC (376), 3. Maryland (371), 4. FSU (364), 5. Clemson (270), 6. GT (168), 7. Duke (165), 8. NC State (161).
Saturday will be the final day of competition for the 2003 ACC meet. Preliminary heats for the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast and 200-fly will take place at 11 a.m. Championship finals for those events, plus the three-meter springboard and 400-free relay, will begin at 7 p.m.