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Swimming Finishes First Day of Competition at NCAA Championships

March 26, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The eight man squad representing Florida State's swim team finished 8th with 58.5 points after the first day of competition this evening at the 1999 NCAA Championships in the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus. Auburn leads the field with 173 points after six events.

Florida State started off the night with the team of Brendon Dedekind, Julio Santos, Kevin Flanagan and Matt McVittie finishing 6th in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:18.99, establishing All-American status for the second straight year and establishing the top finish in the event in FSU history. The relay also bettered their qualifying time by two seconds. Dedekind went on the finish 2nd in the 50 Free, becoming the first swimmer in FSU history to garner seven career individual All-American honors. Santos finished tied for 7th in the consolation heat of the event with a time of 20.66, finishig tied for 15th in the event and receiving honorable mention All-American honors. Kevin Flanagan also swam in the event this morning.

"It's always disappointing to finish second in a race but I was pleased with the swim," Dedekind said. "Sometimes you have to finish 2nd and get back in the pool to train harder for the next race, which is exactly what I plan to do."

The Seminoles finished the night with the 400 Medley Relay. Stephen Parry, Brett Petersen, Keam Ang, and Dedekind took the 10th spot in the relay event, giving them honorable mention All-American honors and topping their qualifying time this morning.

Competition continues Friday with preliminaries beginning at Noon and finals following at 7:00 pm. The Seminoles will compete in the 200 Medley Relay, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and 800 Free Relay.



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