Oct. 15, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State Lady Seminole swimming and diving team will take on the NC State Wolfpack this Saturday, October 16 at Noon in Atlanta, Ga. The Lady Seminoles are 1-0 on the season after beating the Miami Hurricanes last weekend. The Florida State Seminole swimming and diving team will take on the NC State Wolfpack and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, October 16 at Noon in Raleigh, NC. The Seminoles are 1-0 on the season after downing the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday.
The women started the season off strong with a 146-87 win over the Miami Hurricanes last weekend, avenging a loss from last year’s match-up in Coral Gables. FSU won every event except for the 200 Fly and two diving events and exhibitioned the last two events. All-American Christy Cech led the team with wins in the 50 and 100 Free with All-American Anne Blachford winning the 200 IM and Lisa Kirsch winning the 1000 Free. Senior Tanya Gurr took first in the 200 Free with sophomore Amber Goodwin winning the 200 Back. Junior Kristen Adams also won the 500 Free followed by Lisa Kirsch. Divers Marya Sabesky, Caren Hirai and Anne Oglesby took 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively on the one and three meter springboards.
The men started the season off strong with a 153-84 win over the Miami Hurricanes last weekend. The Seminoles won every event except for the one and three meter diving and exhibitioned the last two events. Senior Danny Chocron won the 500 and 1000 Free with Nelson Mora winning the 200 Fly and Free. Junior Greg Main-Baillie added points with his win in the 200 IM and 200 Back as senior All-American Kevin Flanagan won the 50 and 100 Free. Divers Glenn Gonzales, Lou Dondero and Ben Nuttall finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively in the one and three meter springboard.
Meet Neil Harper-
Head Coach Neil Harper is no stranger to Florida State swimming and diving. The 1988 graduate of Louisiana State served as the assistant coach from 1994-97 before heading to Ohio State University where he was the head coach for the Lady Buckeyes from 1997-99.
“I’m excited with the potential the Florida State swimming program has already established,” Harper said. “I’m happy to be back in Tallahassee and have the opportunity to complete someting I started three years ago with the 1996 recruiting class.”
At LSU, Harper was a seven time All-American, four time SEC Champion and was team captain as a senior. He also competed in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a member of the British National Team. Harper was a member of the 400m Medley Relay that finished 6th at the 1984 games and 4th in the 1988 games.
Harper and his wife Paige are the proud parents of Katherine (4) and Kelly (2).
LADY SEMINOLES WELCOME 13 NEWCOMERS
Thirteen new faces don the 1999-2000 squad this year. Joining the Lady Seminoles this season are:
Anne Caruso- freshman diver from Plantation, FL
Christy Cech- All-American sophomore from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa who transfered from the University of Miami
Jill Deviese- freshman butterflier from Yorktown, VA
Shanoon Goff- freshman butterflier from Birmingham, AL
Kristen Keelan- freshman all-around from Raleigh, NC
Karyn Krynauw- All-American sophomore from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa who transfered from Ohio State University
Leah Lane- freshman IM and breaststroker from Kennesaw, GA
Karen Lawsky- freshman breaststroker from Boca Raton, FL
Megan Lock- senior from Englewood, FL who transferred from Indian River Community College
Kathleen McCubbins- freshman butterflier from Richmond, VA
Betsy Nagy- freshman IM and backstroker from Shalimar, FL
Brandy Oglesby- junior diver from Altamonte Springs, FL who transferred from Seminole Community College
Christine Williams- freshman from Mercerville, NJ
THE SEMINOLES WELCOME 14 NEWCOMERS
Fourteen new faces join the Seminole Squad this season:
Nnamnse Ammons- a freshman freestyler from Mitchellville, MD
Kellen Bailey- freshman freestyler from Lawrenceville, GA
Justin Betts- freshman IM and breaststroker from Springfield, VA
Chris Brosche- freshman breaststroker from Orlando, FL
Jared Craven- freshman freestyler from Southern Pines, NC
Devon Crock- freshman all-around from Alexandria, VA
Lou Dondero- junior diver from Christiansburg, VA who transferred from Broward Community College
Cliff Dyer- junior freestyler from Homosasse, FL who transferred from Indian River Community College
Sean Emery- sophomore freestyler from Marietta, GA
Steven Forson- sophomore butterfly and backstroker from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Joey Marshburn- freshman freestyler from Marietta, GA
Eric Russell- freshman diver Highlands Ranch, CO
Scott Tomson- freshman backstroker from Milton, FL
Matt Wallace- freshman butterflier from Bloomfield Hills, MI