March 16, 2005
The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State Women’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships
Boilermaker Aquatic Center — West Lafayette, Ind.
March 17-19, All Day
#26 Women: (13-4, 4-1 ACC)
The Nuts & Bolts:
Seminoles Strive For All-America Status At NCAA Meet At Purdue
Only the best of the best are remaining as the Florida State University women’s swimming and diving team turns its attention to the NCAA Championships. The Seminoles will send five representatives to the national summit. Purdue University’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center will serve as the site for this year’s event, held March 17-20. Prelims are set for 11 a.m (CST) with finals at 7 p.m.
NCAA Meet Will Be Return Affair For Three Florida State Swimmers
Sixty percent of the Florida State contingency is making a return to trip to this year’s NCAA Championships. Senior captain Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) has the most experience at the meet as this will be her third trip. For sophomore Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) this will be their second appearance. Ellis last went in 2002 when she swam at Virginia.
McClow And Kenney On Different Ends Of First Trip to National Meet
For one it’s her first, and last, chance at becoming an All-American and the other hopes this is the first of four trips to the NCAA meet. Four years after walking on at Florida State, senior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) is competing in her first NCAA meet. Rookie Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) is the third FSU freshman in the last three years to make the event.
Breen Goes For Third All-America Award
Bringing home an award from the NCAA meet has been a staple for Emily Breen the last two seasons, particularly on relays. The senior will have four chances at earning national accolades this year as she swims two individual events — 100 butterfly and 100 free — and will take part on two relays.
Ellis Leads FSU Contingency With Five Events
The most chance for a Seminole to come home with a medal may come from senior Carrie Ellis as she will compete in five events. She’ll take part in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle as well as a pair of relays. As a freshman at Virginia, Ellis earned All-America honors for her part on the Cavaliers’ eighth-place 200 free relay.
McClow Takes Momentum From Zone Meet Into NCAA’s
With every passing meet, senior captain Courtney McClow keeps diving better and better. After earning All-ACC honors on a pair of events, she finished in the top three of all three boards at the NCAA Zone Meet last weekend. She will compete in the one-meter (her best event), three-meter and platform.
Brick Goes Into National Championships With FSU’s Best Seed
Holding Florida State’s highest seed in the pool is sophomore Lauren Brick. The ACC Champion in the 100 breaststrokes, she is seeded 21st in the event. Last year she placed 26th in the event and will also swim on the 400 medley relay.
Kenney Takes Her Shot At 200 Fly And 200 Free
No Seminole has made a bigger jump since the ACC meet than Lindsay Kenney. The rookie set the school record in the 200 butterfly and she will compete in that event (1:59.92) and the 200 free at the NCAA Championships.