Feb. 20, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
The No. 24 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team is one step closer to winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship following the first day of competition at the conference meet in Chapel Hill, N.C. In Thursday night’s finals competition, the Lady Seminoles won three titles out of the six events. Junior Andree-Anne LeRoy took the conference crown in the 200-yard IM and broke the school record in doing so.
LeRoy’s time of 1:59.59 was a NCAA A-cut and shattered the school record of 2:01.60 (1997) formally held by FSU assistant coach Anne Blachford. Fellow junior Emma Dutton finished fourth in the 200-IM championship final with a NCAA B-cut time of 2:01.94.
The Lady Seminoles’ diving squad once again dominated the competition at the conference meet by placing first, second and third on the one-meter springboard for the third-straight year. Junior Chelsie Lerew won her second title on the one-meter with a score of 290.65. In second place was sophomore Tiffany Manning with a score of 279.10, and in third was 2002 champion sophomore Courtney McClow at 275.30.
FSU’s third title of the night came in the 200-free relay, which ranks seventh in the nation. The relay team of sophomore Jennie Lyes, senior Elizabeth Parkinson, sophomore Emily Breen and Dutton beat out the competition with a B-cut time of 1:31.91.
The Lady Seminoles added important team points in the 50-free. Lyes finished third with the third-fastest time in school history of 22.96, which was also a NCAA B-cut. Breen won the consolation final to finish ninth overall with a NCAA B-cut time of 23.40 and was followed by Parkinson in 13th place at 23.82.
Junior Loren Hansen added a seventh-place finish in the championship final of the 500-free with a NCAA B-cut mark of 4:50.57. Sophomore Lisa How placed 11th overall to earn points with the third-fastest time in school history and B-cut time of 4:51.97.
Standings after Day One are as followed: 1. FSU, 207; 2. Virginia, 195; 3. Maryland, 193; 4. UNC, 183; 5. Clemson, 115; 6. NC State, 96; 7. Duke, 56; 8. GT, 55.
Day Two of the ACC Championships will begin tomorrow with the preliminary heats at 11 a.m. for the 400-IM, 100-butterfly, 200-free, 100-breaststroke and three-meter springboard. Finals will take place at 7 p.m. for each event except the three-meter dive, which will take place on Saturday, along with the 200-medley and 800-free relays.