March 2, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team will look to improve its fourth-place position during Saturday night’s finals at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in College Park, Md. Six Seminoles and the 400-yard freestyle relay team will compete for conference titles in the final day of competition.
Freshman Louie Gagnet is in first place heading into the three-meter dive championship. Gagnet will attempt to win his second ACC crown after taking the one-meter title on Thursday.
The Tribe will have three swimmers vying for the 100-yard freestyle title. Juniors Matt Carmen (45.21 in the prelim), Joey Marshburn (45.31) and Nnamnse Ammons (45.32) will represent FSU in the championship final. Sophomore Michael Paulus (45.97) will compete in consolation final.
Sophomore Tal Stricker swam a NCAA-B cut time of 2:00.60 in the 200-yard breaststroke preliminaries to qualify fifth in the championship final. Joining Stricker will be junior Justin Betts who swam a NCAA-B cut time of 2:00.90 in the prelims. Betts placed second in the 100-breast Friday night. Sophomore Wickus Nienaber (2:01.69) will compete in the consolation final.
Saturday night’s finals are set to begin at 7 p.m. Going into tonight’s action, Virginia holds a solid lead with 578 points. North Carolina (386.5), Georgia Tech (316.5), FSU (259), Clemson (255), Maryland (181), N.C. State (162) and Duke (58) all trail the Cavaliers.