Nov. 25, 2003
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
All season long, Florida State University women’s swimmer Emma Dutton has been putting up impressive times. Last weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational, she went stroke for stroke with some of the nation’s best. For her efforts, she was named Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Week as selected by the league office.
Over the weekend, Dutton (Bradford, England) claimed a trio of first-place finishes. Individual, she won the 100 breaststroke by breaking her own school record with a time of 1:01.49. The mark also qualifies her for the NCAA Championships, March 18-20. The senior also took part in the winning 200 and 400 medley relays which posted NCAA “B” cut times.
“Emma has been swimming great all season so it’s good to see that she’s getting the recognition that she’s due,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “She’s been clutch all season, she’s never had a weak dual meet and has been a true leaders.”
Dutton will swim in at least two events at the national meet as her second-place time of 23.09 in the 50 free is also lower than the NCAA standard. She also added a “B” cut time in the 100 free as she notched a runner-up mark of 50.49. Every time Dutton hit the water over the weekend she recorded an NCAA “A” or “B” time, including the 200 (1:43.32) and 400 free relays (3:46.67).
“She has booked her ticket for the NCAA meet and we can’t ask for much more,” Harper added. “Now her focus is on training hard and becoming an All-American.”
Last weekend was the first time that Dutton did not hit the wall first in an individual event. Of the dozen races that she has competed in this season, all 12 have resulted in a first-place finish. She holds the league’s best times in four events-50 free, 100 free, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke-which is more than double of any other competitor.
“Texas A&M was a real confidence builder for her,” Harper noted. “To be able to produce like she did against ranked teams proves to her that she can perform at the best when the pressure is on and she has to have a good swim. This is something she can build on.”
The award is the just the third for the women’s program since the conference began handing out the award in 2001. Dutton’s teammate Andree-Anne LeRoy (Namaino, British Columbia) was the last Seminole to receive the award when she took home the accolade on January 6, 2003. Dutton shares her first SOW honor with Maryland’s Elizabeth Lavell. Fran Crippen of Virginia was selected for the men’s award.
Florida State is finished in the lanes until after the New Year. The Seminoles are back in dual meet action on January 3 when they travel to Jacksonville to take on North Florida and UNC-Wilmington.