Feb. 19, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
If the Florida State University women’s swimming and diving team was a little down after the morning swims of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, it got a big boost following the preliminaries of the one-meter diving competition on Thursday (February 19).
The Seminoles advanced all five of their divers to the evening’s finals. Florida State dominated the competition as 62.5 percent (5-of-8) of the final is made up of Seminoles.
Leading the way was the performance of junior Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) as she broke the meet record with her score of 293.80. The six-dive record was set last year by former Seminole Chelsie Lerew when she posted a 290.65.
Coming in second was Manning’s classmate Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) with her six-dive score of 265.85. Rounding out the Florida State sweep of the top three was rookie Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) at 263.35.
The newest Lerew to dive for Florida Sate, freshman Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) started off her career at the ACC meet with a score of 259.20 to place fifth. Rounding out the Seminole scores was fellow rookie Taryn Ignacio (Richmond, Ky.) as she finished sixth with her tally of 256.60.
Florida State has won five of the last six ACC Championship in diving, including McClow who won the event in 2002.
The finals of the one-meter board will take place during Thursday’s evening session which begins at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center.