Feb. 23, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team finished third at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship following Saturday night’s finals at College Park, Md. The No. 21 Lady Seminoles had their highest finish at the conference meet since placing third in 1995. Senior Christy Cech and freshman Chelsie Lerew who each won championship titles Saturday night led FSU, which finished with 577 points. The score is the highest ever for the Lady Seminoles at the ACC meet.
Cech, a 2001 All-America honoree, won the 100-yard freestyle at 49.53. Her championship time automatically qualified Cech for the 2002 NCAA Championship. Cech automatically qualified for the 50-free on Thursday when she placed second in the championship final. This is the second 100-free title for Cech who won the event in 2000.
Cech later swam the anchor leg for the Lady Seminoles in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Cech, along with freshman Emily Breen, junior Elizabeth Parkinson and sophomore Emma Dutton touched the wall in second-place with a NCAA-B cut time of 3:21.14.
For the meet, Cech brought home two gold medals (100-free and 400-medley relay) and three silvers (50-free, 200-medley relay and 400-free relay) and swam two NCAA automatically qualifying times (100 and 50-frees).
Sophomore diver Chelsie Lerew won the three-meter title for the second year in a row with a score of 523.05 to lead the Lady Seminole divers in a sweep of the event. Lerew also earned ACC Diver of the Year honors for the second time. On Thursday, Lerew placed second on the one-meter, which FSU also swept.
Freshman Tiffany Manning placed second on the three-meter with a score of 504.05. Senior Michelle Sekeres turned in a score of 489.60 to place third and complete the sweep. Freshman Courtney McClow finished eighth on the three-meter (405.70) after winning the one-meter competition.
In the 200-yard breaststroke championship, sophomore Emma Dutton finished sixth overall with a NCAA-B cut time of 2:17.92. Senior Keryn Krynauw followed Dutton in seventh place with a time of 2:19.63.
Freshman Lisa How earned points for FSU with her eighth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly championship. How touched the wall with a NCAA-B cut time of 2:03.05.
In the mile swim, freshman Angie Leach swam a NCAA-B cut time of 16:56.43 to place ninth overall. Sophomores Amy Lo (17:03.19) and Jennifer Smith (17:04.20) also earned points in the mile swim by placing 12th and 13th, respectively.
In the 200-breast consolation final, junior Kristan Keelan finished third with a time of 2:21:22. The Lady Seminoles earned points in the 200-fly consolation final with senior Candice Nethercott’s third-place finish (2:03.91) and freshman Emily Armond’s seventh-place finish (2:05.18).
Those FSU swimmers who qualified will continue their season at the NCAA Championship, and the divers will compete at the NCAA Zone Qualifying meet.
Final results to follow.