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Women’s Swimming And Diving Travels To Louisiana State

Feb. 4, 2000

The Florida State Lady Seminole swimming and diving team will travel to Baton Rouge, La., for a match-up with the Louisiana State Lady Tigers on Saturday, February 5, 2000 at 11:00am at the LSU Natatorium. The Lady Seminoles are 9-3 going into the meet.

The Lady Seminoles postponed a trip to Athens last weekend due to snow and ice. In their last meet, the Lady Seminoles are coming off a 170-65 win over Florida Atlantic, winning all but one event. Florida Atlantic took an early lead after the 1650 Free but Tanya Gurr (1:51.39), Kristen Adams (1:53.12) and Christine Williams (1:57.22) took the top three spots respectively in the 200 Free. Christy Cech added wins in the 50 Free (23.50) and 100 Free (51.73) as Gurr won the 100 Back (58.13) and Adams won the 500 Free (5:02.99). Also recording wins were Anne Blachford in the 200 IM (2:06.40), Summer Bell in the 100 Fly (56.90) and Keryn Krynauw in the 100 Breast (1:05.44). Senior diver Marya Sabesky took the top spot in the one-meter (224.25) and three-meter (250.88) springboards as Caren Hirai took the second spot on the one-meter (216.68) and third on the three-meter (214.35). The 200 Free Relay team of Blachford, Cech, Gurr and Karin Holmstedt won the final event of the afternoon in a time of 1:34.64.

#22 Seminoles take on the #19 Louisiana State Tigers
The Florida State Seminole swimming and diving team travels to Baton Rouge, La., this week to take on the Louisiana State Tigers on Saturday, February 5, 2000 at 11:00am at the LSU Natatorium. The Seminoles are 7-3 going into the meet.

The Seminoles postponed a trip to Athens last weekend due to snow and ice. In their last meet, the Seminoles took 10 of the 13 events on their way to a 169-72 win over Florida Atlantic. Danny Chocron started the winning for the Seminoles as he took the 1650 Free (15:54.88) followed by Bill Schultz (15:59.33). Joey Marshburn won the 50 Free in a time of 21.31, followed by Kevin Flanagan (21.40), Julian Daily (21.43) and Will McReynolds (21.77). Devon Crock added a win in the 100 Fly (49.89) as Stephen Forson finished second in the event (50.95) followed by Nelson Mora (51.08). Other wins include Greg Main-Baillie in the 200 IM (1:52.41), Kevin Flanagan in the 100 Back (53.18) and Brett Petersen in the 100 Breast (57.42). Brent Burkman led the divers with a win in the one-meter (296.70) and three-meter (294.60) with Lou Dondero finishing second on the one-meter (262.80) and Glenn Gonzales in finishing second on the three-meter (279.75). The 200 Free Relay team of Main-Baillie, Flanagan, Marshburn and McReynolds won the final event of the afternoon (1:23.94).

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).


Location Baton Rouge, La
Nickname Tigers
Colors Purple and Gold
Conference Southeastern
Facility LSU Natatorium
Head Coach Rick Meador
Assistant Coaches Jeff Cavana, Molly Wolf
Diving Coach Scott Reich
1998-99 Record M: 9-3/ 5th in SEC
W: 11-2/ 6th in SEC
1999 NCAA Finish Men: 18th
Women: 26th
1999-2000 Record Men: 4-0
Women: 5-0
1999-2000 CSCAA Rankings Men:19th
Women: 24th

* records and rankings as of 2/3/2000


The Seminoles lead the series 9-7.

The Lady Tigers lead the series 13-2.

Coming Attractions…
Next up for Florida State swimming and diving is the ACC Championships. The women head to Chapel Hill, NC for the meet Thursday, February 17-Saturday, February 19 as the men compete Thursday, February 24-Thursday, February 26. Preliminaries begin at 11:00am with the finals starting at 7:00pm each night.

To the Point:
Junior Christy Cech leads the two teams with 156 points scored, followed closely by junior Greg Main-Baillie who has 152. Cech leads the newcomers for the women as Steven Forson leads the new men with 64 points. Betsy Nagy leads the freshman women with 50 as Joey Marshburn leads the freshman men with 41.

From Down Under…
Four Seminoles represented their respective homelands this summer in the 1999 Pan-Pacific Championships in Sydney, Australia. Volunteer assistant coach Brendon Dedekind, representing South Africa, won the 50m Free, Greg Main-Baillie, swimming for South Africa as well, finished 12th in the 50 Free and 15th in the 100 Free at the championships, South African Brett Petersen finished 4th in the 100 Breast and was on the 4th place 400 Free Relay team, and Danny Chocron, who represents Venezuala, finished 2nd in the 25K.

Half and Half
Both the men’s and women’s teams are chock full of new faces. Half of the women’s team and 14 of the 31 Seminoles are brand new. Of those 27, 20 are freshman.

Breakdown by Class:

Women Men
Freshmen 9 11
Sophomores 7 6
Juniors 3 5
Senior 6 9

Nine Men Compete in the Dallas Morning News Classic…
Nine Seminoles represented FSU in the Dallas Morning News Classic January 14-15. The squad finished 4th behind Southern Methodist, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

Junior Brett Petersen brought home wins in the 100 and 200 Breast events with Greg Main-Baillie finishing 2nd in the 100 Back and 3rd in the 200 Back. Here is how the Seminoles finished:

Bill Schultz: 3rd, 400 IM, 8th, 500 Free
Justin Betts: 10th, 400 IM and 100 and 200 Breast, 5th, 200 IM
Nelson Mora: 4th, 200 Free, 5th, 100 Fly and 500 Free, 2nd, 200 Fly
Steven Forson: 11th, 200 Free, 9th, 100 Fly, 10th, 200 Back and 200 Fly
Kevin Flanagan: 5th, 50 and 100 Free
Julian Daily: 8th, 50 Free, 11th, 100 Back and 100 Free
Brent Burkman: 5th, One and three- meter diving
Greg Main-Baillie: 2nd, 100 Back, 3rd, 200 Back, 9th, 200 IM
Brett Petersen: 1st, 100 and 200 Breast

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