Feb. 2, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminole swimming and diving program is set to host LSU on Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center. This will be the final home meet for both the men (6-6, 2-0) and the women (7-5, 1-0) this season. LSU comes into this weekend’s road meet with the Tiger men at 5-3, and the Tiger women compiling a record of 6-4. LSU will compete against Florida A&M on Friday, before its meet with the Seminoles.
Saturday’s meet will also mark the final home performances for six seniors on this year’s squad. Kristen Adams, Greg Main-Baillie, Summer Bell, Louis Dondero, Megan Lock and William McReynolds will splash into the waters of the Leach Center for the final time in their collegiate career on Saturday. Adams, women’s team captain, has played a solid role for the Seminoles in the middle distance freestyle events, as well as in the relay competitions. Adams was a member of the 400 Freestyle Relay that finished first at last year’s ACC Championships. Adams, who was voted team MVP in 1998, will graduate with a degree in early childhood education.
Co-captain Greg Main-Baillie has been an integral part to the success of the team this year with his performances in the freestyle and backstroke events. Main-Baillie currently holds the fastest times in the ACC this season in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke. He is also in the top five in both the 50 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke. Main-Baillie was a member of the 200 Freestyle Relay that finished first at last year’s ACC Championships. He will graduate in the spring with a degree in multinational business and marketing.
Summer Bell is graduating with honors with a degree in psychology after just three years of college. Bell was a member of the third place 200 Medley Relay at the ACC Championships last year. She is also a three- time ACC Honor Roll member. Bell has added considerable depth and experience to this year’s team in the butterfly and individual medley events.
Louis Dondero, captain of the men’s diving team, came to Florida State last year from Broward Community College. Dondero has added valuable experience and knowledge to the young divers on this year’s team. This season he finished second against Alabama in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, as well as a second place finish in the 3-meter dive against the University of Florida. Dondero will graduate with a degree in history and political science.
Megan Lock has been with Florida State for three years, with one year at Indian River Community College. From Englewood, Fla., Lock has provided depth to the women’s team in the distance freestyle events. She is graduating with a degree in nursing.
Co-captain William McReynolds has been a solid contributor in the sprint freestyle and individual medley events this year for the Seminoles. He and Main-Baillie have joined together to form a strong freestyle relay team. Heading into the ACC Championships in three weeks, the Seminoles have the fastest times in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays. McReynolds will graduate with a degree in finance and marketing.
The LSU meet also marks the second time Coach Harper will face his alma mater. Coach Harper graduated from LSU in 1988 and served as an assistant coach for both the men and women from 1988-1994. As a swimmer at LSU, Harper won four SEC individual titles and was a seven-event All-American.
Following Saturday’s meet, the Seminoles will prepare for the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia. The women will compete on February 14-17, while the men head out on February 21-24.
OTHER QUICK NOTES:
The Seminoles welcome three new members to the squad for the second half of the season.
Freshman, Emma Dutton is from Bradford, England and will compete in the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events.
Freshmen Wikus Nienaber from Swazi Land, Simunye and Tal Stricker from Ramat-Gan, Israel will add depth to the men’s team in both the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events.