Feb. 23, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a solid performance on the first day of competition at the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Florida State men’s swimming and diving team are in third place with 142.5 points. Defending champs the University of Virginia, is leading the competition after Day One with 256.5 points, 45.5 points higher than second place North Carolina (211). North Carolina State finished fourth with 123 points, while Maryland collected 110 points good for fifth place. Clemson (104), Georgia Tech (96), and Duke (49) rounded out the scoring finishing in sixth, seventh, and eighth place, respectively.
The Seminoles walked away with two individual titles on Thursday winning the 50 Freestyle and one-meter diving competitions. During morning preliminary action in the 50 Freestyle, the Seminoles qualified two swimmers for the championship final later in the evening. Greg Main-Baillie and Nnamnse Ammons finished second and fourth, respectively in times of 20.16 and 20.32. In the championship final, Main-Baillie registered the fastest time for a Seminole this year in 20.00. His time was a personal best this year and was good enough to bring home first place for the Seminoles. Ammons went on to finish in a tie for sixth place with Virginia’s Jonathan Haag, in a time of 20.33.
In diving, the Seminoles continued to show their dominance at this year’s ACC competition. With Chelsie Lerew sweeping both the one and three-meter dives last week, freshman Josh Edelman decided he would follow in the same path. After finishing the preliminary action in first place with 291.55 points, Edelman came charging back to take the finals in the one-meter dive with a point total of 283.00. In his final ACC competition, Virginian native Louis Dondero placed sixth in the morning prelims with 245.70 points to reach the finals later that evening. He would end up finishing in eighth place picking up valuable points for the Seminoles.
The Seminoles also looked to defend their title in the 200 Freestyle Relay and extend their winning streak in this event to seven years. The Cavaliers thought differently, winning the event in a time of 1:20.20. The Seminole team of Main-Baillie, Ammons, Michael Paulus, and Will McReynolds finished in a close second with a time of 1:20.61. The Noles would also take second place in the 400 Medley Relay finishing in a time of 3:16.10.
Richard Cowling also made it to the finals in the 200 Individual Medley on Thursday. He finished the 200 in a time of 1:51.35, which was good for an eighth place for the Seminoles.
The men’s swimming and diving team is back in action on Friday, February 23, 2001 with preliminary action at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The schedule of events includes: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, and preliminary action of the three-meter diving.