March 26, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team qualified three individuals to compete at the 2003 NCAA Championships, which begin Thursday, in Austin, Texas. Senior Justin Betts, junior Wickus Nienaber and sophomore Louie Gagnet each qualified to represent the Seminoles at this year’s championships. Betts and Gagnet are competing in their second straight NCAA meet.
Betts will compete in the 200-yard IM, 100-breaststroke and 200-breast. He set the school record in the 200-IM at 1:48.61 this year and is 35th in the nation heading into the championship meet. Betts’ top 100-breast time of 54.39 ranks him 22nd and he is 27th in the 200-breast at 1:59.55, which is the second-fastest time in school history. He won the 100-breast title at the ACC Championships and finished third in the 200-IM.
Gagnet qualified to compete on the one- and three-meter springboards and the 10-meter platform earlier this year at the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifying meet. Gagnet broke his own three-meter record for six dives during the dual meet season with a score of 380.92. At the ACC Championships, Gagnet broke former Seminole and Olympic gold medallist Phil Boggs (1971) 11 dive record on the three-meter with a mark of 621.05. He earned 2003 ACC titles on both the one- and three-meter for the second-straight year and earned his second ACC Most Valuable Diver Award.
Nienaber is competing at first NCAA Championships and will swim the 100- and 200-breast events. He currently holds the school record in the 200-breast at 1:58.30, which ranks him 16th in the nation. His 100-breast time of 54.45 places him 25th in the nation heading into the NCAA meet. Nienaber finished second at the ACC Championships in both the 100- and 200-breaststrokes.
NCAA Championships with begin with preliminary heats at noon and championship finals at 8 p.m. EST.
Schedule of events for FSU: Thursday - One-meter springboard, 200-IM Friday - Three-meter springboard, 100-breast Saturday - 10-meter platform, 200-breast