Feb. 28, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place with 120 points at the conclusion of the first day of finals Thursday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in College Park, Md. The Seminoles placed in two championship finals and were led by freshman diver Louie Gagnet who won the one-meter title.
Gagnet scored a come from behind victory to take the one-meter crown with score of 309.40. At the end of four dives, Gagnet was trailing by 19 points with two attempts left. Gagnet, the Seminoles’ lone diver, continued FSU’s dominance of the diving events, as the Seminoles won both the one and three-meter last year and the Lady Seminoles swept both events the last two years.
The Seminoles started the meet strong with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of juniors Nnamnse Ammons, Joey Marshburn and Matt Carmen and sophomore Wickus Nienaber touched the wall with a NCAA-B cut time of 1:19.98, only two tenths of a second behind Virginia.
The Tribe earned major points in the 50-yard freestyle. Nienaber placed sixth in the championship final with a time of 20.54, followed by Marshburn in seventh place at 20.56. In the consolation final, the Seminoles placed one-two-three as Carmen took first place at 20.47, Ammons followed in second place with a time of 20.48 and sophomore Michael Paulus touched third at 20.52.
In the 200-yard I.M. championship, junior Justin Betts placed sixth, breaking the school record that he set earlier in the day at prelims with a NCAA-B cut time of 1:48.83. Sophomore Tal Stricker placed third in the 200-I.M. consolation final, touching the wall with a NCAA-B cut time of 1:50.21.
FSU was unable to pick up any points in the final event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay, due to a false start.
Virginia leads after Day One with 284 points, North Carolina and Georgia Tech are tied for second at 158, FSU is fourth (120), followed by Clemson (119), Maryland (93), N.C. State (61) and Duke (2).
Action picks back up Friday morning with preliminary heats for the 400-I.M., 100-yard butterfly, 200-free, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and three-meter dive. Prelims are set to begin at 11 a.m.