May 7, 2004
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
There are many ways to measure the success of a coaching staff. Besides the usual assessment of wins and losses or by the clock, another gauge is what your peers think about your work outside the realm of competition.
This said, the other swimming and diving teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference must think highly of the work of ACC Coach of the Year Neil Harper and his staff has done at Florida State University. As determined by a vote from the league’s teams, both the Seminole men’s and women’s teams were awarded the ACC Sportsmanship Award.
“It’s a great honor,” Harper said. “It really reflects well on the athletes, staff, athletics department and all the way up the ladder to the president. I’m proud that our kids have been recognized not only for their success in the pool, but also as being great sportsman and women. It’s a great example for what college athletics should be all about.”
Of the seven awards handed out for the winter sports, Florida State was the only league school to garner more than one honor. So far this season, the conference has handed out sportsmanship awards in 14 sports. The Seminoles lead all schools with four honors, including a pair won by the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Wake Forest is next at three awards, followed by North Carolina and Duke at two apiece.
Teams receiving the award have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league’s teams. The conference presents sportsmanship awards for each of its 25 sponsored sports. The concept of these awards was created by the ACC Student Athlete Advisory Committee in an effort to recognize teams who earned the utmost regard from their peers during competition.
This year the women’s team finished third at the ACC Championships while the men placed second. At the women’s meet, Florida State won nine individual and relay titles with Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) earning Swimmer of the Meet honors to go along with a Diver of the Meet award for Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Sophomore Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and senior Wickus Nienaber (Manzini, Swaziland) came away with championships at the men’s meet.