March 1, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team will have seven swimmers competing in finals Friday night following preliminary heats earlier in the day for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in College Park, Md. The Seminoles currently stand in fourth place heading into tonight’s competition with 120 points.
The Seminoles’ strongest event of the night will be the 100-yard breaststroke. Four Tribe swimmers have qualified for the final heats. Junior Justin Betts, who set the school-record twice for the 200-yard I.M. yesterday, is the top qualifier for the Seminoles with a NCAA-B cut time of 55.01. Joining Betts in the 100-breast championship final will be sophomore Tal Stricker who qualified with NCAA-B cut time of 55.25. Betts’ and Stricker’s times were the second and fourth fastest prelim marks, respectively.
Sophomore Wickus Nienaber will swim in the 100-breast consolation final after turning in a time of 55.98 in the prelims. Junior Chris Brosche will also compete in the consolation final after swimming a prelim time of 57.16.
Junior Devin Crock will look to defend his 100-yard butterfly title tonight after qualifying fourth for the championship final with a preliminary and NCAA-B cut time of 48.59. Freshman Michael Averett will swim in the consolation final after turning in a prelim time of 49.99.
Crock will pull double duty Friday night, as he also qualified for the consolation final of the 100-yard backstroke. Crock was one-hundredth of a second off of qualifying for the championship final with a prelim time of 50.38.
Tonight’s finals, slated to begin at 7 p.m., will also feature the 200-yard medley relay, 800-yard free relay and the completion of the three-meter dive preliminaries. The three-meter finals will be held on Saturday.