March 2, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team finished fourth overall at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship with 395 points following Saturday night’s action at College Park, Md. The Seminoles ended the meet with five members placing, including freshman diver Louie Gagnet who won his second title by taking the three-meter crown.
Gagnet, who won the one-meter title Thursday night, took the three-meter championship with a score of 560.95. Gagnet’s performance at the ACC meet earned him Diver of the Meet honors. Ganget will compete next at the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier in Auburn, Ala. on March 14-16.
Ammons and Carmen tied for fourth in the 100-yard freestyle championship. The duo swam a NCAA-B cut time of 44.91, which ranks them eighth all-time in school history. Marshburn finished sixth in the championship final at 45.10.
In the 200-yard breaststroke championship final, junior Justin Betts lead the way for the Tribe with a fifth-place finish at a NCAA-B cut time of 2:00.11. Sophomore Tal Stricker followed Betts with a sixth-place finish at 2:00.36, that is also a NCAA-B cut time.
In the 100-free consolation final, Paulus earned the Tribes points with a third-place finish at 45.71. Freshman Michael Averett placed fourth in the bonus consolation at 46.69.
Freshman Alan Ribeiro place 18th overall in the mile swim at 16:01.31. In the 200-yard backstroke, freshmen Chris Lang finished in a tie for third in the bonus consolation at 1:52.50 for a 19th-place finish overall. Sophomore Matt Wheeler place second in the 200-yard butterfly bonus consolation at 1:51.53, while senior Richard Cowling placed sixth (1:54.01).
Virginia won its fourth-straight title with 872 points while Georgia Tech placed second (580.5). North
Carolina came in third (501.5) followed by FSU (395), Clemson (383), Maryland (280), N.C. State (259) and Duke (88).
Betts, and those Seminoles whose B-cut times are fast enough to qualify them, will compete next at the NCAA National Championship on March 27-29 in Athens, Ga. Betts was the only Seminole to automatically qualify for NCAA’s when he swam an A-cut time in the 100-breast Friday evening.