Feb. 17, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After six events, the Lady Seminole swim team stands in
sixth place with 92 points at the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference
Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Host team North Carolina leads the meet
(246), followed by Virginia (231.5), Clemson (139.5), NC State (139),
Maryland (100), FSU and Duke (52)
“I feel like we did well tonight,” Head Coach Neil Harper said.
“Historically, day one is always a tough day for us. It’s a challenge for us
to bounce back after today. Christy (Cech) and Tanya (Gurr) both did well in
the 50 Free and Anne (Blachford) in the 200 IM. Marya (Sabesky) added big
points for us as well, finishing in the top eight in diving.”
Senior All-American Anne Blachford started the scoring for FSU with a 7th
place finish in the 200 IM (2:04.34). Summer Bell took 16th in the event
(2:08.85) with freshman Betsy Nagy finishing 19th (2:08.62). Cech added
points in the 50 Free, finishing 4th (23.27) as Gurr finished 6th (23.42),
both NCAA Consideration times. Cech bettered her time in the time trials
after the final event of the night, going a 23.15. Christine Williams
finished 23rd in the 50 Free (24.36) as well. In diving action, Sabesky
took the 6th spot with a score of 365.30. Junior Kristen Adams took 20th in
the 500 Free (5:00.34) with Amber McLain finishing 22nd (5:04.71).The Lady
Seminoles completed the night with Amber Goodwin, Keryn Krynauw, Blachford
and Gurr taking 3rd in the 400 Medley Relay (3:47.58).
One disappointing note on the night was in the first event, the 200 Free
Relay. After leading the event and being out-touched for second, the Lady
Seminoles were disqualified after an early jump off the block.
“We had a really fast relay with perfect starts,” Harper said. “I’m really
happy with the way they swam, beating out the defending ACC Champion and
almost winning the event. It’s deflating and demoralizing to go from 2nd
place to no points off a relay that was perfect in every aspect. It took the
wind out of our sails.
“We’ve still got some big swims in the next two days, which could bring in
some big points for us. We just have to rebound and get excited about the
rest of the meet, which I believe we can do.”
FSU competes in the second day of the championships with the preliminaries
beginning at 11:00am on Friday. The finals begin at 7:00pm.