December 8, 2002 - by
Florida State Men’s Swimming and Diving Finish Second In A Field Of Five Teams At The Georgia Invitational

Dec. 8, 2002

Athens, GA –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team put together another great performance in the final day of the Georgia Invitational. The Seminoles were able to place second out of the five-team field and only missed first-place by 15.5 points as the nationally ranked Georgia Bulldogs edged them out. Florida State showed its dominance once again in the freestyle events, as they were able to score points in positions two through nine in the 100-yard freestyle and took first-place and third-place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Senior Joey Marshburn was able to lead the charge for the Seminoles in the 100-free as he swam a second-place time of 44.96. Sophomore Michael Averett place third with a time of 45.08 and was followed close behind by freshman Joel Roycik (45.16) and Senior Matt Carmen who swam a time of 45.45. The foursome then went on to a first-place finish in the 400-free relay with a B-cut time of 2:58.70

The dominance continued in the freestyle events as junior Michael Paulus took a sixth-place finish in the 100-free with a time of 45.50. His teammates, freshman Chris Vythoulkas, senior Nnamnse Ammons and junior Fernando Jacome place seventh, eighth and ninth respectively in the 100-free and were able to team up in the 400-free relay to put together a time of 3:01.10 and take a third-place finish.

The Tribe was able to score key points today in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard backstroke. Junior Wickus Nienaber was able to lead the way in the 200-breast as he tallied a B-cut time of 1:59.77. Senior Justin Betts and junior Tal Stricker were also able to score points in the 200-breast as Betts finished in fourth-place (2:00.25 B) and Stricker finished in sixth-place with a time of 2:05.02. Freshman Brent Campbell scored for the Seminoles as he placed fourth in the 200-back putting together a time of 1:50.62.

Florida State will be back home in Tallahassee, Florida on Jan. 4th to take on the University of North Florida and UNC-Wilmington. The meet is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

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