Nov. 21, 1997
GAINESVILLE, FL — The Florida State men’s and women’s swim teams claimed their first defeats of the year by losing to the University of Florida. The men lost a tight meet when Florida placed first in the last two events to edge the Seminoles 124-119. The Lady Seminoles lost to Florida by a score of 84-157. The losses dropped oth men’s and women’s records to 5-1.
Despite the loss, the men’s team accomplished 7 NCAA qualifying times and 1 NCAA zone qualifying time in diving. Earning the NCAA qualifying times were junior Stephen Parry with first place finishes in the 200 Free (1:37.26), 500 Free (4:26.87), and 200 Fly (1:46.63); junior Julio Santos scoring a first place finish in the 50 Free (20.26) and a second place finish in the 100 Free (45.01); junior Brendon Dedekind with a win in the 100 Free (44.38); and freshman Keam Ang with a second place finish in the 200 Fly. Sophomore Brent Burkman claimed an NCAA zone qualifying score in the 1-meter board event with his first place total score of 290.175.
Other accomplishments of the meet for the men’s team included a second place finish by Dedekind in the 50 Free (20.52), and third place finishes by sophomore Bill Schultz in the 1000 Free (9:24.88) and sophomore Brett Petersen in the 200 Breast (2:05.83). Both the 400 Medley Relay andthe 400 Free Relay teams placed second in their respective events. As a team, the Seminole divers took the top three places in both the 1-meter and 3-meter board events.
The Lady Seminoles captured 2 NCAA qualifying times throughout the meet. By placing first in the 200 Fly, junior Sherri Fowler qualified for NCAA’s with a time of 2:03.67. Freshman Kristen Adams also qualified for NCAA’s with her third place finish in the 200 Free (1:50.71). Junior Megan Bradley placed second in the 1000 Free event with a time of 10:23.97. Other second place finishes for the Lady Seminoles at the meet were senior Rachel Amman in the 50 Free (24.43), Fowler in the 200 IM (2:06.42), sophomore Sarah Kate Havens in the 200 Back (2:06.11), and Adams in the 500 Free (5:02.24). In the diving events, senior Sarah Henderson earned the top finishes on the team with third place finishes in both 1-meter and 3-meter events.
Both teams face their next competition in the Georgia Invitational held in Athens, Georgia, December 5-7.