February 24, 2001 - by
Men’s Swimming and Diving Drop To Fourth At The ACC Championships

Feb. 24, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After two days of competition in Charlottesville, the Florida State men’s swim and dive team find themselves in fourth place with 268.50 points. The University of Virginia extended their point total over the second place Tar Heels, and now leads by 149.50 points. Georgia Tech climbed through the field after Day Two and stands in third place with 274.50 points. Clemson finished in fifth with 237 points, only four points higher than North Carolina State’s 233 points. Maryland (224.50) and Duke (102) round out the pack finishing in seventh and eighth, respectively.

The Seminoles started the morning prelims in good shape qualifying a handful of swimmers for the championship finals. Devin Crock led the way in the morning taking first place in the 100 Butterfly. In the 100 Breaststroke, three Seminoles found their way into the evening championships with Richard Cowling, Justin Betts, and newcomer Wickus Nienaber all making final swims. Freshman Tal Stricker finished in ninth place, only two hundredths of a second out of making it to the championship final. In the 100 Backstroke, Greg Main-Baillie finished in fifth with a time of 49.75. Devin Crock missed out on his second championship final of the day finishing ninth in a time of 50.11, three hundredths of a second behind Clemson’s German Martinez.

In the Championship finals, the Seminoles would rack up one more individual win in this year’s ACC Championships. After his strong performance early Friday morning, Devin Crock would continue his mastery in the 100 Butterfly taking the event in a time of 48.09. His time was the fastest for the Seminoles this year. Steve Forson and William McReynolds finished third and fifth, respectively in the consolation final good for 11th and 13th place overall.

The exciting event of the evening was the 100 Breaststroke where the top three swimmers finished within .10 seconds of each other. Freshman Gary Marshall of Virginia touched first in a time of 55.01. Tech’s Tomonori Tsuji finished in second at 55.04 and Florida State’s Wickus Nienaber came in third with a time of 55.11. Nienaber’s time was the fastest for the Seminoles this year and was a new personal best. Justin Betts came in fifth for the Seminoles achieving a new personal best time of 55.60. Richard Cowling came in seventh (56.03) for FSU. Tal Stricker won the consolation final in 56.15, which was good for ninth overall.

In the 100 Backstroke, Greg Main-Baillie would finish in fourth place with a time of 49.39.

The three-meter diving competition also got underway with preliminary action on Friday. Florida State’s Josh Edelman finished in second place with 497.05 points, while Louis Dondero came in tenth with a point total of 406.30. Edelman is looking to sweep the diving competition after winning the one-meter dive on Thursday. This would make it a clean sweep for the Seminoles at the ACC Championships in both the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions for men and women. Freshman Chelsie Lerew came away with both the one and three-meter titles last week for the Seminoles.

The final day of competition will be on Saturday February 24, 2001 with preliminary action at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The schedule of events includes: 1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, the finals of the three-meter diving competition, and finally the 400 Freestyle Relay.

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