Dec. 2, 2004
The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State at Georgia Fall Invitational
Gabrielsen Natatorium — Athens, Ga.
Friday-Sunday, December 3-5, All Day
#22 Women’s Record (12-3, 4-1 ACC); #25 Men: (9-2, 4-0 ACC)
The Nuts & Bolts:
Seminoles Wrap Up Fall Season At Georgia Fall Invitational
Before Florida State University wraps up the fall semester with final exams next week, the Seminole swimming and diving team will conclude its fall season at the Georgia Fall Invitational. The three day meet, which replicates the format typically found at conference championships, begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. Live results can be found at Georgia’s website: www.georgiadogs.com. The trip to Athens will be a homecoming for FSU trainer Jessi Prahl, a 2004 UGA grad.
Some Of The Nation’s Best Travel To Athens
This weekend will be a challenge for the Seminoles as they face some of the best programs in the country. Florida State enters the meet ranked 22nd on the women’s side and 25th in the latest CSCAA men’s poll. The Georgia women’s team is No. 1 in the country, while the men are 16th. California’s women’s team checks in at number eight, while the Notre Dame female squad is 21st. The top team in the men’s field is sixth-ranked Minnesota.
Seminoles Stay Close, But Fall To Florida
The reason why its seems like the Seminoles haven’t swum competitively in a while is because it has been 17 days since FSU’s last meet. The third-ranked Florida women’s team won 166-130, while the number four Gator men’s squad was victorious 173-123 on November 16. The Seminoles showed that the program is on the rise by taking ten events during the meet.
FSU Signs Six To National Letters Of Intent
Over the last few seasons, the Florida State swimming and diving teams have been making a name for themselves for their performances in the pool. That has translated into some of the best high school talent in the country taking notice in the Seminoles. That national interest is evident as head coach Neil Harper announced the signing of four swimmers and two divers to National Letters of Intent.
The Seminoles’ first signing class of 2006 includes Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.), diver Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas), Kelly Dean (Longwood, Fla.), diver Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) and Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.).
Florida State’s January 7 home meet with North Florida and UNC-Wilmington has been canceled. The Seminoles’ next and final home contest will be on January 29, 2005, when they play host to No. 1 & 2 Auburn at 11 a.m. at the Leach Center.
Seminoles In The National Rankings
In the latest College Quick 50 released by Taper & Shave, Florida State is represented in six individual categories and all five relays on the men’s side. Within the women’s rankings, the Seminoles have three individuals and four relays. Leading all Seminoles is rookie Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) as his 55.91 in the 100 breaststroke is 13th overall and the fastest by a freshman. The 100 breaststroke is also the women’s top event with sophomore Lauren Brick (Culpepper, Va.) holding the No. 15 spot at 1:02.98, the second fastest time by a sophomore.
ACC Performer Of The Week Nominees:
Women – Senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) Here’s Why: Recorded two individual victories — 50 free (23.73) and 100 free (51.31) — and swam on a pair of winning relays against third-ranked Florida. Swam the anchor leg of the winning 400 medley relay. Only Florida State swimmer to pick up a pair of victories against the third-ranked Gators.
Men – Freshman Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) Here’s Why: Broke into the all-time Florida State top-ten list with a pair of swims in the breaststroke events. Won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.91 that ranks ninth in school history. Came back to get out-touched in the 200 breaststroke, but his season-best time of 2:02.74 rates ninth in Seminole lore. Swam the breaststroke leg of the 400 medley relay that recorded a season-best time of 3:20.98
McClow and Lerew Wrestle Down Gator Divers
Keeping the women’s meet close was the effort of divers Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) as they took first and second on both boards. McClow won the one-meter board by 0.60 with her tally of 274.65. Lerew posted an 11-point victory during the three-meter competition with her top score of 291.15.
Seminole Relays Post Season-Best Times Against Florida
Swimming the Gators brought out the best in FSU, as was evident in its relay performances. All four relays posted season-best marks with the women coming away with a pair of victories. Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Brick, Brittany Stevens (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Ellis posted a winning 3:48.11 in the 400 medley relay. The women wrapped up the meet with Breen, Ellis, Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) and Katie Metka (Largo, Fla.) posting a 3:25.91 to win the 400 free relay.
Averett Takes 100 Fly, Keeling Wins 200 IM
Also getting in on the winning against UF was senior Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.). The co-captain posted a season-best mark of 49.50–the 32nd fastest time in the country–to win the 100 fly. Getting the men’s last win of the night was rookie Dan Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) as he took the 200 IM in 1:55.01.
Women’s Team Sets Nine Pool Records At Florida International
On its way to winning three meets at Florida International, the FSU women’s team broke nine pool records: 1,000 Freestyle (Golda Marcus), 100 and 200 Backstroke (Stacy Rademacher), 100 Breaststroke (Lauren Brick), One-Meter Diving (Courtney McClow), 100 Free (Carrie Ellis), 500 Freestyle (Kristin Oxford), 100 Butterfly (Emily Breen), 800 Free Relay (Skaggs, Rademacher, Marcus, Gajda).