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Garnet Men and Gold Women Triumph at Swimming & Diving Garnet and Gold Meet

Oct. 3, 2003


With the start of the season a week away, Florida State University swimming and diving head coach Neil Harper wanted to get a good feel for where his teams stand. The fifth-year deck boss got just that at the Seminoles’ annual Garnet and Gold meet on Friday (October 3). Guided by three multi-winners, the Garnet men’s team prevailed 159-106, while Gold came out triumphant 136-111 in the women’s meet.

Garnet members Tal Stricker (Ramat-Gan, Israel / Tichon Hadash), Stephen Roof (Canton, Ohio / Central Catholic) and Sam Hood (Philadelphia, Pa. / Perkimen Valley) each won a pair of events. The senior Stricker won the 100-meter breaststroke (1:06.65) and 200-meter breast (2:25.40). Newcomer Roof captured the 400-meter freestyle (4:02.05) and 200-meter butterfly (2:05.89). On the board, Hood took the one-meter board with a score of 274.73, while posting a top score of 293.85 in the three-meter competition.

A sweep of the diving competition helped women’s Gold team as freshman Brittany Lewrew (Orlando, Fla. / Lake Highland) took both events. The sister of former FSU All-American Chelsie Lewrew, the younger Lewrew won the one-meter with a mark of 263.48 to go along with a winning three-meter score of 286.73.

In the pool, the Gold team had three multi-winners on the women’s side. Returning All-America senior Emma Dutton (Bradford, England / Betton Park) took both 100-meter (1:10.84) and 200-meter (2:37.22) breaststroke races. Also an All-American last year, junior Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia / Nanaimo District Secondary) captured the 200 backstroke (2:18.5) and 200 individual medley (2:19.24). Junior All-American Loren Hansen (Pensacola, Fla. / Washington) won a pair of freestyle events, taking the 200 in a time of 2:04.81, while touching the wall with a 4:24.71 in the 400-meter race.

Capturing the most victories was Garnet team member Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga. / H.V. Jenkins). The junior started by winning the 100 backstroke (1:03.43) before take the 100 free (58.49). She finished the afternoon by placing first in the 100 fly (1:02.72). The only multi-winner for the men’s Gold team was Joel Roycik (Charlotte, N.C. / South Mecklenburg) as he took the 100 free (51.85) and 100 fly (57.72).

Other winners on the men’s side included Gold swimmers Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas / Cy-Creek) in the 1,000 free (8:15.37), Chris Vythoulkas (Nassau, Bahamas / Pompano Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons) in the 100 back (58.47) and Justin Lawrence (Sloane Park, South Africa / Bryanston) took the 200 back (2:08.50). Garnet men’s winners were Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janero, Brazil / Pompano Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons) in the 200 free (1:52.90), 50 free winner Michael Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa / Paul Roos Gym) and Ted Bradley (St. Petersburg, Fla. / Northeast) in the 200 IM (2:13.80).

The Garnet women’s team also had three other swimmers touch the wall first. Junior Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla. / American Heritage) took the 1000 free (9:00.15). Lisa How (Preston, England / Hutton Grammer) took the 200 fly (2:15.87) and Rachel Dong (Paramount, Calif.) captured the 50 free (27.31).

Florida State lines it up for real on Friday (October 10) when it plays host to a 3:30 p.m. meet with Miami and Florida A&M at the Bim Stults Aquatic Center.

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