Oct. 29, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. –
Given the various hits that the Florida State University swimming and diving roster has taken the last few weeks, the prospects of going into a quad meet against three Atlantic Coast Conference teams was not very rosy. But don’t tell that to the Seminoles as after the first day of competition at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center FSU leads in all three men’s meets and is ahead in two of the three women’s bouts.
On the men’s side, the 24th-ranked Seminoles are leading Maryland 126-60, with a 94-89 margin over Georgia Tech and a 95.50-90.50 advantage over Georgia Tech. The No. 19 women’s team is defeating the host Yellow Jackets 125-61, while beating No. 24 Virginia Tech 104-82. They trail 14th-ranked Maryland 117-69.
“We’re off to a pretty good start,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I think we’re where we thought we could be. Tomorrow we need to open the gap between the Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in both meets and see if we can catch Maryland’s woman’s team. It’s a great atmosphere and a fun meet.”
The men’s team wasted no time in taking control as the quartet of Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England), Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) and Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:23.63, the fastest time in the ACC this year. Getting the women’s first victory was Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) as she posted an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:03.71 to win the 100 breaststroke.
Giving the men’s team a big boost was the 50-yard freestyle as the Seminoles posted three of the top four times. Co-captains Averett and Roycik were the first two to the wall with Averett posting a season-best mark of 21.12 to win the event, while Roycik was 0.02 behind with sophomore Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) placing fourth at 21.39.
“You’ve got to decide how you want to split up each of the kid’s five swims so depth is really a key,” Harper noted. “Do you want to swim them three times today and two tomorrow or vice versa and then there are the relays so there is some more strategy to it.”
Stepping up for one of the closest victories of the evening was freshman Lindsey Kenney (Plano, Texas). The rookie came back in the last five yards of the race to beat Maryland’s Stacie Lesneski by 0.05 to win the 200 butterfly in a season-best 2:05.64. Getting the third victory for the woman was sophomore Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) as she won the three-meter board by 39 points with a season-best score of 290.65. Teammate Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) was third at 250.65.
“Lindsey Kenney was awesome,” Harper noted. “After swimming the 200 IM and then coming back to win the 200 fly showed a good account of herself and really picked up the whole team. Brittany did really well and Courtney was almost second. Golda swam a good race in the 1,000, as did Emily Breen in the 100 back.”
The men wrapped up the meet with Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawai’i), Jamerson, Averett and Denton taking second in the 400 medley relay at 3:23.05, FSU’s fastest time of the year. Earlier, Heine placed second in the 100 back with a season-best 52.05 and Jamerson finished runner-up in the 100 breaststroke at 57.09. Sophomore Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) was a spot back in the 100 breast at 57.84
Keying a 3-4-5-6 finish in the 200 freestyle was Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) with a season-best mark of 1:42.15. Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) was one of three Seminoles in the top six of the three-meter diving, tallying a third-place, season-best score of 286.70. Freshman Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) was the fastest Seminole in the 1,000 free, hitting the wall at a season-best 9:28.45, just ahead of Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) with his 9:29.11.
Both of the women’s relays placed second with the team of Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.), Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine), Kayce Zemina (Plantation, Fla.) and Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) hitting the wall in 1:35.36 in the 200 free relay. The quartet of Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.), Brick, Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) and Ellis posted a 3:49.40 in the 400 medley relay. Both times are season bests for FSU.
Posting a second-place finish was senior Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.) as she chalked up a season-best 10:06.83 in the 1,000 freestyle. Collecting a season-best 57.61 in the 100 backstroke was Breen as she took second in the event.
“We’re missing five swimmers – Lisa How, Chris Vythoulkas, Thomas Bishop, Ian Powell and Andrew Castro – and it’s hurting us,” Harper noted. “We’ll forge ahead and then we’ve got these huge holes where the other teams creep back up on us again.”
The meet continues on Saturday at 12 p.m. with the final nine events.