June 17, 2014 - by

1996-97 Season in Review

The men’s Swimming and Diving team finished the most successful season
in program history for the swimming program, finishing ninth at the NCAA
Championships, second at the ACC Chamionships, and bringing home the first
NCAA Champion in FSU swimming history.

The men started the fall season ranked #18 before heading to Miami for
the first meet of the year. After defeating Florida Atlantic and #14 Miami,
the Seminoles swept FAMU, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern at home before
heading to the Georgia Bulldog Invitational where they finished second.
In a close 165-152 meet FSU defeated conference rival #25 N.C. State and
then took second at the Husker Shootout and the Nike Sprnt Classic in
Lincoln, Nebraska. Waiting at home for the Seminoles was #12 Florida, who
challenged the men before falling to FSU 133-108. FSU finished the fall
season 9-0 with wins over Virginia and Villanova.

The return of 1996 Olympians senior Rob Braknis and sophomore Brendon
Dedekind, the strong swimming roster including seniors Eduardo Coelho and
Chip Haberstroh and sophomores Stephen Parry and Matt McVittie, and diving
senior Coery Geraghty, the Seminoles felt confident going into the spring

A victory over #13 LSU to start the spring season gave Coach Don Gibb
his 25th win and FSU their first undefeated season since 1965 with a 10-0
record. Jumping to #13 going into the ACC Championships, the men finished
second behind host team UNC. The team took eleven first place finishes out
of a possible twenty; brought home eight ACC records and ten ACC Meet
records; placed seven men on the All- ACC team; and Dedekindwas named ACC
Swimmer of the Meet. Dedekind and Parry were later named ACC Co-Swimmers
of the Year.

Before the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, MN, Geraghty represented
FSU in the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships. He finished five spots out of
qualifying for the national championships, finishing fifteenth on the
1-meter and seventeenth on the 3-meter.

FSU men made history at the NCAA Championships. Eight Seminoles
competed in ten individual events and five relays, with Dedekind finishing
eigth overall, the best individual finish in FSU history. Dedekind became
the first Seminole to achieve three All- American finishes after placing
third in the 50 Freestyle, fourth in the 100 Freestyle, and fifth in the
100 Breaststroke. Another first was all five relays scoring for the team
with seventh in the 200 Freestyle Relay, the 400 Medley Relay, and the 200
Medley Relay; sixteenth in the 800 Freestyle Relay, and eleventh in the 400
Freestyle Relay. The greatest achievement came from Parry who brought home
FSU’s first ever swimming championship, winning the 200 Butterfly in a pool
record time of 1:44.28. The strong swimming from the relays, individual
events, and Parry’s championship helped lead the Seminoles to a ninth place
finish, the best under Coach Don Gibb and in FSU swimming history.

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