October 27, 2002 - by
Lady Seminoles Place Third At SMU Swimming & Diving Classic

Oct. 27, 2002

The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team placed third at the SMU Women’s Classic Saturday evening in Dallas. The Lady Seminoles won the 400- and 200-yard freestyle relays to secure an outstanding third-place finish against five of the top programs in the nation. Southern Methodist, host of the event, won with 347 points, followed by Cal-Berkeley (310.5), FSU (282), UCLA (273.5), Alabama (233) and Pacific (201).

FSU’s 400-free relay squad of sophomores Jennie Lyes and Emily Breen, junior Emma Dutton and senior Liz Parkinson won with a NCAA B-cut time of 3:25.08.

Entering the final event of the meet, the 200-free relay, the Lady Seminoles held only a two and a half-point lead over UCLA for third place. The relay team of Lyes, Breen, Parkinson and junior Rachel Dong defeated the Bruins by over two seconds with a first-place mark of 1:34.64. SMU came in second, only .16-of a second behind the Lady Seminoles.

The Lady Seminoles turned in strong performances in the other seven events of the evening, earning important team points throughout the day.

In the 100-yard freestyle championship, Breen placed second with a time of 51.78. In the consolation final, Parkinson finished second at 52.79.

Sophomore diver Courtney McClow placed fourth on the three-meter springboard with a score of 226.5.

Junior Andree-Anne LeRoy finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke championship with a mark of 2:04.84. Lyes turned in a fourth-place time of 2:08.23 in the consolation final. LeRoy later placed sixth in the 200-IM championship (2:07.55), followed by a third-place finish by Dutton (2:06.47) in the consolation final.

Junior Loren Hansen and sophomore Lisa How placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500-free championship. Hansen swam the course in 4:56.65, while How turned in a time of 4:57.35. Hansen also placed third in the 200-yard butterfly consolation championship at 2:05.79.

Dutton (2:20.16) finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke championship. Dong (2:24.61) turned in another fifth-place finish in the consolation final.

The Seminoles will return to action on Nov. 2, when they host their first home meet of the season against ACC foe Georgia Tech. The meet will take place at the Bim Stults Pool on the campus of FSU at 2 p.m.

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