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No. 24 Lady Seminoles Send Six To 2003 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

March 20, 2003


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team is in preparation for Thursday’s start of 2003 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. The No. 24-ranked Lady Seminoles will be represented by six athletes competing in 14 events. FSU, which is competing in its third-straight NCAA meet, will look to once again finish in the nation’s top 25 after placing 24th at last season’s meet.


The Lady Seminoles are represented by five swimmers and one diver. The swimmers include juniors Emma Dutton, Andree-Anne LeRoy, and Loren Hansen and sophomores Emily Breen and Jennie Lyes, with sophomore Tiffany Manning as the lone diver.


Following is a review of each swimmer/diver, compete with bio information and what events each will be competing in:


Emily Breen,
Sophomore,
Savannah, Ga. (Jenkins H.S.)


Events Competing In:
50-free (23.39 / 55th in the nation), 100-free (50.65 / 57th), 100-fly (54.80 / 36th), 400-free relay (3:20.76 / 12th)


Honors/Awards:
NCAA Qualifier (2003), ACC Champion (2003: 200-free relay, 400-free relay / 2002: 400-medley relay), All-ACC (2003: 100-fly, 200-free relay, 400-free relay / 2002: 400-medley relay), FSU Records (2003: 400-free relay / 2002: 400-medley relay), ACC Academic Honor Roll


Bio: Breen emerged as one of the Lady Seminoles’ most dependable swimmers in 2003…her strong effort at the ACC meet helped lead FSU to a third-place finish…member of two 2003 ACC champion relay teams, the 200- and 400-free relays, in which she earned All-ACC honors for…placed third in the 100-fly to add a third All-ACC honor in 2003…helped the 400-free relay squad set a new school record at 3:20.76…her time of 54.80 in the 100-fly is third all-time at FSU.



Emma Dutton,
Junior,
Bradford, England (Benton Park)


Events Competing In:
50-free (23.06 / 35th), 100-free (50.27 / 39th), 100-breast (1:01.87 / 14th), 400-free relay (3:20.76 / 12th)


Honors/Awards:
NCAA Qualifier (2003 & 2002), ACC Champion (2003: 100-breast, 200-free relay, 400-free relay / 2002: 400-medley relay), All-ACC (2003: 100-breast, 200-breast, 400-free relay, 200-free relay / 2002: 400-medley relay), FSU Records (2003: 100-breast, 400-free relay / 2002: 400-medley relay), 2002 FSU Most Valuable Swimmer


Bio: Dutton became the “go-to” swimmer for the Lady Seminoles in 2002-03…she is the only swimmer to represent the Lady Seminoles in the last two NCAA meets…competed in the 100-breast, 100-free and 200-IM at the 2002 NCAA Championships…earned her first individual ACC title in 2003 with a school-record swim of 1:01.87 in the 100-breast…took home 2003 ACC titles in the 200- and 400-free relays…earned her fourth All-ACC honor in 2003 following a third-place finish in the 200-breast…ranks second all-time at FSU in the 200-breast with a time of 2:15.31…her time of 50.27 in the 100-free is third-fastest in school history.



Loren Hansen,
Junior,
Pensacola, Fla. (Washington H.S.)


Events Competing In:
200-free (1:49.25 / 37th), 500-free (4:50.18 / 41st), 200-fly (2:01.46 / 40th), 400-free relay (3:20.76 / 12th)


Honors/Awards:
NCAA Qualifier (2003), ACC Champion (2003: 400-free relay) All-ACC (2003: 200-free, 400-free relay), FSU Records (2003: 400-free relay)


Bio: Hansen broke through in 2003 setting personal-best marks in all her events and became a key member of the Lady Seminoles…had an outstanding year in which she earned her first All-ACC honors after a first-place finish in the 400-free relay and a third-place finish in the 200-free…she is a member of the FSU record holding 400-free relay squad, while ranking second all-time in the 500-free and third in the 200-free at FSU.


Andree-Anne LeRoy,
Junior,
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
(Washington State)


Events Competing In:
200-IM (1:59.59 / 9th), 400-IM (4:18.40 / 29th), 200-back (2:01.06 / 46th)


Honors/Awards:
NCAA Qualifier (2003 & 2002), ACC Champion (2003: 200-IM), All-ACC (2003: 200-IM, 400-IM), FSU Records (2003: 200-IM, 400-IM)


Bio: LeRoy transferred to FSU from Washington State after competing at the 2002 NCAA meet for the Cougars…competed in the 200- and 400-IMs and 200-back at the 2002 NCAA Championships…won her first ACC title in the 200-IM, while finishing third in the 400-IM…easily set new FSU records in the 200- and 400-IMs…became the first Lady Seminole to swim the 200-IM under two minutes…broke the 400-IM record by over three seconds…currently second all-time at FSU in the 200-back…her career-best time of 1:59.64 in the 200-back, set at WSU, would rank her first at FSU.



Jennie Lyes,
Sophomore,
Staines, England (Magna Carta)


Events Competing In:
50-free (22.96 / 22nd), 100-free (50.64 / 56th), 400-free relay (3:20.76 / 12th)


Honors/Awards:
NCAA Qualifier (2003), ACC Champion (2003: 400-free relay, 200-free relay), All-ACC (2003: 50-free, 400-free relay, 200-free relay), FSU Records (400-free relay), ACC Academic Honor Roll


Bio: Lyes battled health problems at the beginning of the season to fight back and turn in some great performances in the pool…she swam the third-fastest 50-free in school history at the 2003 ACC meet at 22.96 to finish third and earn All-ACC honors…Lyes was a member of the school-record breaking and 2003 ACC champion 400-free relay team…she earned third All-ACC honor of 2003 after helping the 200-free relay team capture the title…swam the fourth-fastest time in FSU history in the 100-free at 50.64, to finish fifth at the ACC meet.



Tiffany Manning,
Sophomore,
Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley)


Events Competing In:
One-meter springboard, Three-meter springboard, 10m Platform


Honors/Awards:
NCAA Qualifier (2003 & 2002), NCAA All-American (2002: 10m Platform, 7th place), 2002 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Year, All-ACC (2003: 1M, 3M / 2002: 1M, 3M)


Bio: Manning is FSU’s lone returning All-American from 2002, and will look to repeat that feat in 2003…she became FSU’s first ACC Rookie of the Year in 2002 following her seventh-place finish on the platform at NCAA’s…she qualified for this year’s NCAA meet following a strong performance on the platform at the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifying meet…Manning earned All-ACC honors on the one- and three-meter springboards for the second consecutive season with second-place finishes on both boards.

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