June 21, 1999 - by
Men’s Swimming Heads to NCAA Championships

March 23, 1999

The Florida State men’s swim team will return eight swimmers to the NCAA Championhips in Indianapolis this week, March 25-27, 1999. Florida State finished 13th last year at the meet.

Florida State is proud to be sending eight swimmers to the NCAA meet this year and all eight will compete in individual events. Four seniors will make their last appearance at the NCAA meet. Brendon Dedekind will defend his 50 Free title after winning the event in 1998 and finishing 8th on the overall scoring list. Stephen Parry will attempt to take his 1997 200 Fly title away after finishing 4th in the event last year. Matt McVittie looks to improve on his finish from the 1998 meet and Julio Santos will contend for a top spot in three events.

The Seminoles also will send three juniors and a sophomore to the championships. Kevin Flanagan and Brett Petersen return to the championships and Nelson Mora makes his first appearance as a Seminole at the meet after swimming for Miami. Keam Ang will look for scoring position in his first NCAA appearance.

“We have a lot of potential to score some big points this year,” Head Coach Don Gibb said. “We’ll have 18 swims in the meet, the most ever in FSU history, and are shooting to finish in the top 10 and maybe even higher.”

Who’s Swimming Which Events?

Keam Ang:           100 Fly, 200 Fly
Brendon Dedekind:   50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast
Kevin Flanagan:     50 Free, 100 Free
Matt McVittie:      100 Free, 200 Free
Nelson Mora:        200 Free, 200 Fly
Stephen Parry:      100 Fly, 200 Fly, 100 Back
Julio Santos:       50 Free, 100 Free

All five relays have qualified for the NCAA meet and relay teams will be set at the championships.

Last year at the NCAA Championships


Brendon Dedekind:

NCAA Champion 50 Free

4th in the 100 Breast

10th in the 100 Free

Stephen Parry:

4th in the 200 Fly

14th in the 200 Free

Brett Petersen:

16th in the 100 Breast

Julio Santos:

25th in the 50 Free

44th in the 100 Free

Matt McVittie:

42nd in the 50 Free

48th in the 100 Free


200 Free Relay: 7th
(Brendon Dedekind, Julio Santos, Matt McVittie, Kevin Flanagan)

400 Free Relay: 7th
(Brendon Dedekind, Julio Santos, Matt McVittie, Stephen Parry)

800 Free Relay: 18th
(Matt McVittie, Julio Santos, Stephen Parry, Kevin Flanagan)

200 Medley Relay: 8th
(Stephen Parry, Brett Petersen, Julio Santos, Brendon Dedekind)

Overall: 13th

Overall points scoring: Brendon Dedekind-8th (42.0)

1998 All-Americans

Brendon Dedekind

(50 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Free)

Stephen Parry

(200 Free, 200 Fly)

200 Free Relay:

Brendon Dedekind

Julio Santos

Matt McVittie

Kevin Flanagan

400 Free Relay:

Brendon Dedekind

Julio Santos

Matt McVittie

Stephen Parry

200 Medley Relay:

Brendon Dedekind

Julio Santos

Stephen Parry

Brett Petersen

Seminoles Around the Country
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team is currently ranked 9th among the top NCAA men’s swim teams, according to the CSCAA. This is their highest ranking on the year.

Just a note…

  • Florida State claimed 11 titles at the ACC Championships in February. Brendon Dedekind took the 50 and 100 Free and 100 Breast; Stephen Parry won the 200 Free, Fly and Back; and the Seminoles swept the relays, winning all five.

  • FSU finished the season the highest ranked team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia was next at #15 with North Carolina rounding out the ACC teams in the Top 25 at #20.

  • The Seminoles will have a total 18 swims in the NCAA Championships, the most ever in FSU swimming history.

  • FSU’s lone loss on the season was to #14 Florida. Other Top 25 teams the Seminoles faced in 1998-99 season include: #15 Virginia and #19 LSU in duals meets; #15 Virginia and #20 UNC at the ACC Championships; and #2 Texas, #5 Tennessee, #10 Minnesota, #13 Michigan and #18 Southern Methodist in the Dallas Morning News Classic.

  • Brendon Dedekind became the 2nd swimmer in ACC history to win double-digit ACC titles as he finished his career with 10, including three at the 1999 championships. Dedekind also made ACC history as he became the 12th swimmer to win the same event all four years as he won the 50 Free.

    FSU in the Taper & Shave

    Name/Event         Rank      Time

    Keam Ang

    200 Fly            16th   1:46.29

    Brendon Dedekind

    50 Free             2nd     19.51
    100 Free            3rd     42.96
    100 Breast          1st     53.36

    Matt McVittie

    100 Free           23rd     44.03

    Nelson Mora

    200 Fly            20th   1:46.44

    Stephen Parry

    100 Fly            25th     48.13
    200 Fly             2nd   1:44.63
    100 Back            8th     47.72
    200 Back           12th   1:44.90
    200 Free           13th   1:36.81

    Brett Petersen

    100 Breast          6th     54.28
    200 Free Relay     16th   1:20.24
    400 Free Relay      9th   2:55.87
    800 Free Relay     13th   6:33.71
    200 Medley Relay   11th   1:28.37
    400 Medley Relay    5th   3:12.80

  • Related Articles