March 1, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team finished second at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Saturday evening in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Seminoles, who were in second place during all three days of the championships, held on to their position thanks to scoring performances from 12 individuals and one relay team in the final day of action.
Sophomore Louie Gagnet remained undefeated for his career in ACC meet action after winning his second career three-meter springboard title with a score of 621.05. Gagnet also owns the 2002 and 2003 one-meter titles. Fellow sophomore Sam Hood finished seventh on the three-meter to score points for the Tribe with a mark of 496.00.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, the Seminoles gained valuable team points thanks to three competitors in the championship final. Junior Wickus Nienaber placed third with a NCAA B-cut and school record time of 1:58.30. Fellow junior Tal Stricker placed fifth (2:00.59) followed by senior Justin Betts in sixth place at 2:01.10.
FSU earned points in the 100-freestyle from five swimmers, led by freshman Joel Roycik who finished third with a NCAA B-cut time of 44.67. Senior Joey Marshburn also competed in the championship final and placed seventh with a mark of 44.89. In the consolation final, junior Fernando Jacome placed 10th, sophomore Michael Averett finished 13th and senior Nnamnse Ammons placed 16th.
Senior Devin Crock and junior Matt Wheeler round out the individual scoring with their performances in the 200-butterfly. Crock finished ninth overall, winning the consolation final, and Wheeler came in 16th place.
In the final event of the meet, FSU placed second in the 400-free. The team of Jacome, Averett, Marshburn and Roycik touched the wall at 2:57.67.
Virginia was the overall winner of the meet with 780 points. FSU’s 567 points were enough to hold off North Carolina, which had 555.5 points.