Feb. 22, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The No. 24 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team finished in third place for the second consecutive year at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships in North Carolina. In the final day of competition, the Seminoles claimed two first place finishes in the three-meter dive competition and 400-free relay.
For the third straight year in a row, the Lady Seminoles dominated the three-meter diving event placing three Seminoles in the top four. Junior Chelsie Lerew won her third consecutive ACC title in this event posting a score of 504.30 and in the process claimed her third consecutive ACC Most Valuable Diver award. Sophomore Tiffany Manning finished in second place with a score of 475.60, followed closely behind by Courtney McClow who posted a score of 462.35 en route to a fourth place finish.
The 400-free relay team of sophomores Jennie Lyes and Emily Breen and juniors Loren Hansen and Emma Dutton finished first with an NCAA B-cut time of 3:20.76. The time set a new women’s school record previously established in 2000 at 3:21.33.
Junior Emma Dutton, who won the 100-breaststroke title Friday night, finished third in the 200-breaststroke compiling an NCAA B-cut and personal best time of 2:15.31. Also helping the Tribe to their third place finish was Lisa How and Loren Hansen in the 200-butterfly. Both How (2:01.33) and Hansen (2:02.28) accumulated NCAA B-cut times with their fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.
In the 100-freestyle event, the top finisher for the Seminoles was Jennie Lyes who finished fifth after racing to an NCAA B-cut time of 50.64. Joining Lyes in the final was Emily Breen who posted a sixth place finish in a time of 50.84, also good for an NCAA B-cut time. Rounding out the scoring for the Tribe was Liz Parkinson who claimed the eighth spot in a time of 51.69.
In the consolation final of the 200-backstroke, senior Betsy Nagy was the top finisher for the Lady Seminoles posting a time of 2:02.02 good for fourth place, followed by Andree-Ann Leroy in sixth with a time of 2:02.31.
Final Standings from the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships 1) Virginia 710 2) North Carolina 609 3) Florida State 557 4) Maryland 538 5) Clemson 339 6) Georgia Tech 259 7) NC State 241 8) Duke 230