March 26, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The eight man squad representing Florida
State’s swim team finished 8th with 58.5 points after the first day of
competition this evening at the 1999 NCAA Championships in the IU
Natatorium on the IUPUI campus. Auburn leads the field with 173 points
after six events.
Florida State started off the night with the team of Brendon
Dedekind, Julio Santos, Kevin Flanagan and Matt McVittie finishing 6th in
the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:18.99, establishing All-American status
for the second straight year and establishing the top finish in the event
in FSU history. The relay also bettered their qualifying time by two
seconds. Dedekind went on the finish 2nd in the 50 Free, becoming the
first swimmer in FSU history to garner seven career individual All-American
honors. Santos finished tied for 7th in the consolation heat of the event
with a time of 20.66, finishig tied for 15th in the event and receiving
honorable mention All-American honors. Kevin Flanagan also swam in the
event this morning.
“It’s always disappointing to finish second in a race but I was
pleased with the swim,” Dedekind said. “Sometimes you have to finish 2nd
and get back in the pool to train harder for the next race, which is
exactly what I plan to do.”
The Seminoles finished the night with the 400 Medley Relay.
Stephen Parry, Brett Petersen, Keam Ang, and Dedekind took the 10th spot in
the relay event, giving them honorable mention All-American honors and
topping their qualifying time this morning.
Competition continues Friday with preliminaries beginning at Noon
and finals following at 7:00 pm. The Seminoles will compete in the 200
Medley Relay, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and 800 Free Relay.