March 30, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team ended its trip to the 2002 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Athens, Ga. The Seminoles sent two athletes who competed in six total events at the meet, which is an improvement over last season when the Tribe failed to qualify any athletes. Despite not scoring any points at the meet, the Seminoles will return home with wealth of experience that will carry over to next season.
Standout diver Louie Gagnet, a freshman from Mission Viejo, Calif., just missed All-America honorable mention and team points with a 17th-place finish on the platform with a score of 432.25. In Friday’s action Gagnet placed 18th on the three-meter.
Junior Justin Betts competed in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday and came in 34th place with a time of 2:03.19. Betts picked up a top 25 finish yesterday in the 100-breast when he placed 24th.
The Seminoles will now return to the pool in preparation for the 2002-2003 season. Next year the Tribe, which finished fourth at the 2002 ACC championships, will look to battle for top ranking the conference with six seniors to lead the way.