Feb. 25, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Men’s Swimming and Diving team finished this year’s ACC Championships in fourth place with 401.50 points. The Seminoles went on to take four individual titles this year, two more than last year. Greg Main-Baillie, Devin Crock, and Josh Edelman, who won both the one and three-meter dives, all came away with individual titles at this year’s Championships.
On the final day of competition, the University of Virginia built on its commanding lead to take the Championship by a total of 883.50 points, 289 points higher than second place North Carolina (594.50). The 883.50 points posted by the Cavaliers was an ACC Championship record last held by North Carolina, who totaled 852 points back in 1991. This was the University of Virginia’s third consecutive ACC Championship.
Freshman diver, Josh Edelman swept the diving competitions at this year’s ACC Championships for the Seminoles, winning both the one and three-meter dives. After finishing in second in the prelims on Friday, Edelman was determined to claim victory in the finals. He did just that posting a total of 550.80 points, his highest of the season, and making it a clean sweep for the Seminoles diving program at the men’s and women’s ACC Championships in 2001. Last week it was freshman Chelsie Lerew who claimed both the one and three-meter dives for the women. For his performance, Edelman was named the ACC Most Valuable Diver, making him only the second diver to win both competitions at an ACC Championship meet since 1993.
In other events, Greg Main-Baillie came up just short of claiming his second title this weekend. He would finish second in the 100 Freestyle in a time of 44.03. In the consolation final, Nnamnse Ammons would finish first in a time of 45.24, which was good for ninth place overall. In his final ACC meet, William McReynolds finished seventh in the consolation final and 15th overall.
Freshman Tal Stricker finished in fourth in the 200 Breaststroke in a time of 2:00.58, while Wickus Nienaber won the consolation final (2:01.01), finishing ninth overall.
In the 200 Butterfly, the Seminoles took the first two spots in the consolation final with Matt Wheeler and Richard Cowling finishing first and second, respectively. Virginian native, Jeff Boatright finished fifth in the consolation final with a time of 1:52.30, good for 13th place overall.
In the final event of the evening, the Seminoles took second place in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The team of Main-Baillie, Ammons, Crock, and McReynolds finished in a time of 2:58.32.