Feb. 21, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
It was a happy birthday for FSU head coach Neil Harper at the end of the first day of competition Thursday night at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship in College Park, Md. The No. 21 Lady Seminoles ended the day in second place with 195 points, only nine points behind first-place No. 15 North Carolina.
The Lady Seminoles’ diving squad, headed by diving coach Patrick Jeffrey, finished first through fourth and had five women score team points. In first place in her first ever ACC meet was freshman Courtney McClow with a score of 289.25. Right behind McClow in second was last year’s champion Chelsie Lerew at 287.45. Freshman Tiffany Manning placed third (282.00) and senior Michelle Sekeres rounded out the sweep in fourth place (280.75). Senior captain Caren Hirai also scored team points with her 16th-place finish (208.30).
FSU collected its first 2002 ACC swimming title in the final event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay. The Lady Seminoles received a great start from freshman backstroker Emily Breen, followed by sophomore breaststroker Emma Dutton and senior butterflyer Candice Nethercott. Swimming the freestyle anchor leg was senior Christy Cech, who touched the wall at a school-record and NCAA-B cut time of 3:42.
Cech was also outstanding in the 50-yard freestyle as she finished second with a NCAA-A cut time of 22.77. The A-cut time automatically qualifies Cech for the 2002 NCAA Championship.
FSU began the evening with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay championship as freshman Jennie Lyes, Cech, Dutton and junior Elizabeth Parkinson touched the wall at a NCAA-B cut time of 1:31.90.
In the 200-yard IM championship, Dutton swam a NCAA-B cut time of 2:02.83 to finish fifth. Dutton was followed by freshman Lisa How, who finished sixth (2:04.78).
The Lady Seminoles earned team points in 500-free, 50-free and 200-IM consolation finals, as well. Sophomore Amy Lo swam a time of 4:57.13 to place 15th in the 500-free. In the 50-free, Parkinson placed 14th (23.80) and Lyes finished 16th (24.09). Freshman Laura Kenney competed in the 200-IM consolation final and touched the wall in 11th place at 2:06.14.
The standings after Day One are as follows: 1. No. 15 North Carolina (204 points), 2. No. 21 Florida State (195), 3. No. 12 Virginia (181), 4. Clemson (114), 5. N.C. State (99), 6. Maryland (94), 7. Duke (87), 8. Georgia Tech (74).
Day Two will begin at 11 a.m. with preliminary heats in the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back and 3-meter dive. Finals in those events will begin at 7 p.m. and will include the finals for the 200-medley relay and 800-free relay.