March 23, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas –
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team finished 24th at the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship with 24 points thanks to freshman diver Tiffany Manning’s seventh-place finish on the platform Saturday evening in Austin, Texas. Manning, FSU’s only freshman competitor, was also the Lady Seminoles’ only All-America first team honoree at the meet with a score of 419.20 in the platform championship final.
For the meet, the Tribe took home one first-team All-America honor (Manning) and two All-America Honorable mentions (Cech and Chelsie Lerew). Cech, a senior, finished ninth in the 50-free (22.72), and sophomore diver Lewer placed 14th on the one-meter (257.60) on Thursday.
In Friday’s competition, senior Candice Nethercott just missed All-America honors with a 17th-place time of 54.17 in the 100-yard butterfly. Lerew also finished 17th in the three-meter (467.80) and Manning scored 451.70 to place 23rd. Dutton came in 31st place in the 100-breaststroke (1:03.38) after placing 56th in the 200-IM on Thursday at 2:04.72.
The Lady Seminoles earned 14 points from Manning (platform), nine from Cech (50-free) and three from Lerew (one-meter) for their score of 24, surpassing 2001’s 32nd-place finish (17 points).