March 1, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving had a successful Day Two of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in College Park, Md., earning a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay and second-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke. The Seminoles ended the day in fourth place with 259 points.
The Tribe started the night out strong by winning the 200-medley relay crown as juniors Devin Crock, Justin Betts, Joey Marshburn and Nnamnse Ammons teamed up to swim a NCAA-B cut time of 1:29.19. The time breaks the Maryland University Pool record of 1:29.29 that was set by FSU in 2000.
Betts swam a NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 100-breast championship to take second place. Betts’ time of 54.29 is the third-fastest mark in school history and becomes the first Seminole to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship this season.
Crock was unsuccessful in defending his 100-fly title later in the night. He placed second in the championship final, one-hundredth of a second behind rival David Laitala of Georgia Tech, 48.02 to 48.03. Crock’s time is the second fastest in school history. Following the 100-fly, Crock placed second in the 100-yard backstroke consolation final with a time of 50.45.
Sophomore Tal Stricker also competed in the 100-breast championship, placing eighth overall with a NCAA-B cut time of 55.82. Fellow sophomore Wickus Nienaber won the 100-breast consolation final with a NCAA-B cut time of 55.46 and junior Chris Brosche placed fourth in the consol at 56.80.
Freshman Michael Averett took first place in the 100-fly consolation final at 49.73.
Freshman diver Louie Gagnet qualified first on the three-meter in preliminary action with a score of 576.00. Gagnet’s closest competition finished with 489.45 points. He will compete for the three-meter title Saturday night.
The final day of competition will begin Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with preliminary heats for the 200-yard back, 100-free, 200-breast and 200-fly.