June 17, 2014 - by

1996-1997 Men’s Swimming and Diving Year in Review

The men’s Swimming and Diving team completed the most successful season in
program history with a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships, second at
the ACC Chamionships and an NCAA Champion swimmer.

The men started the fall season ranked No. 18 before heading to Miami for
the first dual 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. They finished second at
the Athens-based meet. 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 Sprint
Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska. Back in Florida waiting was #12 Florida, who
challenged the men before falling to the Seminoles 133-108. It was the first
time in 15 years that the Seminoles defeated the Gators. FSU finished the fall
season 9-0 with wins over Virginia and Villanova.

The return of the 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 senior diver
Corey Geraghty.

A victory over #13 Louisiana State to start the spring season gave Coach
Don Gibb his 25th win and FSU their first undefeated season since 1965 at
10-0. Jumping to No. 13 prior to the ACC Championships, the men finished
second behind host team North Carolina. The team took 11 first place finishes
out of a possible 20, brought home eight ACC records and 10n ACC Meet records,
placed seven men on the All-ACC team and Dedekind was 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 15th on the one meter and
17th on the three meter.

FSU men made history at the NCAA Championships as eight Seminoles competed
in 10 individual events and five relays. Dedekind finished as the eighth top
scorer, the best individual finish in FSU history at the NCAA Championships.
Dedekind became the first Seminole to achieve three All-America finishes after
placing third in the 50 Freestyle, fourth in the 100 Freestyle, and fifth in
the 100 Breaststroke. Another first was having all five relay teams scoring
with seventh in the 200 Freestyle Relay, the 400 Medley Relay, and the 200
Medley Relay; 16th in the 800 Freestyle Relay, and 11th 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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