Nov. 5, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team is ranked 25th in the nation after receiving 12 points in the College Swim Coaches Association of America’s first national poll for the 2001-2002 season, which was released Monday, November 5, by the CSCAA. The Lady Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 ACC) are one of three Atlantic Coast Conference teams to be ranked in the CSCAA’s Top 25, and one of four to receive votes.
The Lady Seminoles reeled off five-straight wins to begin the year, including a 147-75 win over No. 18 Miami in the season-opener, before falling to Clemson on the road last Saturday in a 122-121 heartbreaker. Other ACC schools receiving votes are No. 12 Virginia (105 votes) and No. 14 North Carolina (97), while Maryland just missed cracking the top 25 with 11 votes. The Tribe defeated Maryland, 132-111, on the road earlier this year, and will not meet Virginia or North Carolina until the 2002 ACC championship on February 21, in College Park, Md.
Early season highlights include: 2001 All-American Christy Cech’s undefeated run in the 100-yard freestyle, 2001 ACC Diver of the Year Chelsie Lerew’s seven first-place finishes, including school record-breaking dives on the one (303.8) and three-meter (317.39), the emergence of freshman sprinter Jennie Lyes, who has placed first in four-straight meets, in the 50 free.
Other upcoming opponents ranked in the top 25 include No. 2 Georgia, No. 8 Florida, No. 19 Alabama, No. 20 LSU and No. 22 Rice. The Lady Seminoles return to the pool on November 16, when they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the Gators. The dual meet between the in-state rivals is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.