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Lady Seminoles Head To ACC Championships

Feb. 16, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Lady Seminoles will compete in the ACC Championships beginning Thursday, Februray 17 and concluding on Saturday, February 19. Each day, preliminaries will begin at 11:00am followed by finals at 7:00pm.

Where: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
When: February 17-19, 2000
Who: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, #16 North Carolina, #8 Virginia

1999-2000 SEASON:
Florida State enters the meet with a 9-4 record, 1-0 in the league, doubling the number of wins from the 1998-99 season.

The Lady Seminoles notched wins over Miami, NC State, Washington State, IRCC (2), Army, Florida A&M, Darton and Florida Atlantic.

The team had only four losses on the year, all against ranked opponents: #6 Auburn, #10 Florida, #14 Minnesota and #24 LSU.

Sophomore Christy Cech has won the 50 Free in every meet this year and the 100 Free in all meets except LSU.

Two Lady Seminoles accomplishd NCAA Consideration times. Cech swam a 23.38 in the 50 Free and senior Tanya Gurr swam a 1:50.14 in the 200 Free.

Diver Marya Sabesky broke the school record in the three-meter diving in a dual meet with her score of 301.50 against IRCC.

The Lady Seminoles erased a Gibb Pool Record at Washington State with their time of 3:27.85 in the 400 Free Relay.

FSU IN THE ACC:

50 Free: 3rd- Christy Cech- 23.379th- Anne Blachford- 23.85
100 Free:1st- Christy Cech- 50.973rd- Tanya Gurr- 51.18
200 Free:7th- Tanya Gurr- 1:50.14
100 Back:6th- Amber Goodwin- 57.748th- Tanya Gurr- 58.13
200 Back:6th- Amber Goodwin- 2:03.95
100 Breast:6th- Keryn Krynauw- 1:05.317th- Anne Blachford-1:05.48
200 Breast:3rd- Keryn Krynauw- 2:18.03
200 IM:5th- Anne Blachford- 2:04.78
200 Free Relay: 5th- 1:35.46
400 Free Relay: 3rd-3:27.85
800 Free Relay: 5th- 7:56.55
200 Medley Relay: 5th- 1:46.62
400 Medley Relay: 4th- 3:49.52

TEAM STANDINGS:
2nd in league meets

Last Year at the ACC Championships
University of Maryland, February 18-20, 1999

Despite a 6th place finish at the championships, the Lady Seminoles swam NCAA Consideration times in the 200 Free Relay, 50 Free, 200 Free and 200 Medley Relay. Florida State finaled in 16 events and scored a total of 409 points, only eight behind North Carolina.

PERFORMANCE BREAKDOWN:

200 Free Relay: 4th- 1:32.89
Blachford, Gurr, Holmstedt, Goodwin

400 Free Relay: 5th- 3:23.98
Gurr, Adams, Holmstedt, Blachford

800 Free Relay: 3rd-7:28.06
Adams, Holmstedt, Parker, Gurr

KRISTEN ADAMS:
100 Free: 14th-51.65
200 Free: 6th-1:50.47
500 Free: 7th- 4:54.74

LISA KIRSCH:
500 Free: 15th- 5:01.55
1650 Free: 7th- 16:59.52

ANNE BLACHFORD:
200 IM: 200 IM- 2:02.12
100 Breast: 4th- 1:03.35

ANN PARKER:
500 Free: 17th-5:00.45

MARYA SABESKY:
1-m diving: 3rd- 369.30
3-m diving: 2nd- 434.85

CAREN HIRAI:
1-m diving: 8th-338.35
3-m diving: 13th-350.90

KIRSTI CARRIHILL:
1-m diving: 16th-301.45

SHERRI FOWLER:
200 Breast: 14th- 2:24.65

SUMMER WASHBURN (BELL)
200 IM: 11th- 2:06.11
200 Back: 8th- 2:05.35

AMBER GOODWIN:
50 Free: 14th-23.80
100 Back: 9th-56.86

KARIN HOLMSTEDT:
50 Free: 15th-23.89

LISKA DEDEKIND:
100 Back: 7th-56.85
200 Back: 12th-2:05.26

SAMANTHA WHITE:
200 Breast: 5th-2:20.70

KATIE WRIGHT:
100 Breast: 5th-1:03.74
100 Fly: 18th 58.06

SARAH SCOBEY:
100 Back: 11th-58.28

TENELLE RAMER:
100 Free: 19th-52.31

AMBER MCCLAIN:
1650 Free: 14th-17:32.09

TANYA GURR:
50 Free: 2nd-23.19
100 Free: 5th-50.90
200 Free: 3rd-1:48.80

400 Medley Relay:
3rd-3:44.92
White, Blachford, Gurr, Dedekind

Head Coach Neil Harper
(Louisiana State '88)

Head Coach Neil Harper returns to Florida State after spending two years as the head coach of the women's swim team at Ohio State University. At the helm of the Lady Buckeye squad, Harper posted a 15-12 record and had six ladies qualify for the NCAA Championships. The squad was also named an NCAA All-American Academic Team and 20 swimmers were named to the All-Big Ten Academic team.

Before heading to Ohio State, Harper spent three years as an assistant coach for the men's and women's programs at Florida State. His responsibilities included recruiting and coordinating the strength and conditioning programs as well as working closely with the individual medley and stroke groups. During his time at FSU, Harper coached 17 NCAA All-Americans as well as FSU's first National Champion, Stephen Parry, who won the 200 Butterfly in 1997. He was also an intrigal part of the 1997 men's Top 10 finish and the women's Top 30 finish.

After graduating from LSU, Harper served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's programs at his alma mater. From 1988-94, he coached 21 swimmers to NCAA All-America honors and coached seven Southeastern Conference champions.

During his years as a Tiger, Harper was a seven event All-American, won four SEC individual titles and as a senior, captained the team to the conference title. He competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics on the 400 meter medley relay, finishing sixth in the Los Angeles Olympics and fourth in the Seoul Olympics.

Harper is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Harper and his wife Paige, who as an NCAA All-American and SEC breastroke champion at LSU, have been married for nine years and have two daughters Katherine (5) and Kelly (3).

Coach Harper On...

The 1999-2000 Season...
"This season has been a learning experience for us. We've gained a lot of experience, especially in competing against top-ranked teams. Our only losses this season came against teams that were ranked in the top 15 in the nation, and we competed really well against them.

"We're really coming together as a team. I would have to say this season has been successful with improving our swims. There were some bumps and bruises along the way but we've come through it with a lot of confidence. We can hold our heads high, seeing as we competed well against the ranked teams and beat the teams we were supposed to beat. We're looking at potentially having the best season ever for FSU women's swimming."

The ACC Championships...
" We're really excited about the meet. We have the quality confidence we need. We aren't too fast and have hit our taper at the right time. I really like the way we look in the water.

"We've got this confidence about us right now since we've competed so well this season. There is an air about FSU swimming and this team, an air of confidence, that this team hasn't had in a while. They have the confidence not only in themselves but in each other."

First season back at FSU...
"It's been fun! There have been a lot of growing pains and adjustments but you get all of that with any sort of change. When you bring in a different type of philosophy and attitude into a program you have to make those types of adjustments.

"My family has had fun being back in Tallahassee and at FSU. This has been a great year for FSU sports and women's swimming is no exception. It's been exciting to see the changes since I've left and how things have developed. I've just enjoyed being here."

1999-2000 Lady Seminoles

Anne Blachford
Senior, Breast, IM, Free
Brampton, Ontario

THIS SEASON: Won the 200 IM against FAU, Florida, Miami, Washington State and LSU and finished third in the event against Auburn...finished third in the 200 Free and 200 Fly against IRCC...finished second in the 100 Breast and fifth in the 100 Fly against NC State.

ON BLACHFORD: Holds the school record in the 400 IM...an All-American...majoring in Sport Management.

Tanya Gurr
Senior, Free
Harare, Zimbabwe

THIS SEASON: Won the 200 Free against Miami, Washington State, NC State and FAU, finishing second in the event against LSU and Auburn and third against Florida...won the 100 Free against Florida and finished second in the event against Miami, NC State and Auburn and third against Washington State...won the 100 Back against FAU and the 200 Back against IRCC...won the 50 Free against IRCC and finished second against NC State.

ON GURR: A two-time NJCAA All-American in the 50, 100 and 200 Free each from IRCC...holds the NJCAA record in the 200 Free...was a member of the 1995 and 1996 Zimbabwe National Team...majoring in fashion textiles and merchandising.

Megan Lock
Senior, Free
Englewood, FL

THIS SEASON: Added depth in the freestyle events and relays...competed in the 500 Free against FAU.

ON LOCK: Transfer from IRCC...was a 1997 NJCAA All-American in the 500 and 1650 Free and 400 IM...majoring in nursing.

Katie Ruscoe
Senior, Free, Fly
Port Richey, FL

THIS SEASON: Took fourth in the 1000 Free against Miami and IRCC while finishing fifth against Auburn...was fourth against Miami and fifth against FAU in the 500 Free.

ON RUSCOE: A three-time letterwinner at Florida State...was named her team MVP as a senior in high school...born in England...majoring in health administration.

Marya Sabesky
Senior, Diving
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

THIS SEASON: Has led the diving squad this season...won the one-meter against NC State, IRCC and FAU, finishing third against Auburn and Miami and fourth against Florida...on the three-meter, took the top spot against FAU and IRCC, second against Auburn and third against Miami and Florida.

ON SABESKY: Has finaled on both boards at the ACC's in 1997 and 1999 and finaled on the one-meter in 1998...an ACC All-Academic honor roll selection...double majoring in marketing and communications.

Sarah Scobey
Senior, Free, Back
Winter Springs, FL

THIS SEASON: Finished fifth in the 50 Free against FAU...was sixth in the 200 Back against Auburn and competed in the 100 Free against Florida...was fourth in the 100 Back against IRCC and fifth against FAU.

ON SCOBEY: Was a high school All-American as a senior...a four-year letterwinner at FSU...majoring in dietetics.

Kristen Adams
Junior, Free
Greer, SC

THIS SEASON: Won the 500 Free against FAU, Miami, Florida and LSU and finished third against NC State and Auburn...finished second in the 1000 Free against Miami and LSU and fifth in the 100 Free against NC State...was second against FAU and IRCC in the 200 Free, third in the event against NC State and Auburn and fourth against Florida.

ON ADAMS: YMCA All-American and national champion in the 200 Free...South Carolina state champion in the 50, 100 and 200 Free and 200 and 400 IM...Senior National qualifier in the 200 Free...junior national qualifier in the 50, 100 and 500 Free, 200 Fly, and 200 and 400 IM...majoring in early childhood education.

Liska Dedekind
Junior, Free, Back
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

THIS SEASON: Won the 1000 Free against IRCC...was second in the 100 Back against NC State and third against IRCC...was second in the 500 Free against Miami and fifth in the 50 Free against WSU and Auburn...finished third in the 200 Back and fourth against NC State.

ON DEDEKIND: Finaled at the ACC Championships in 1999...joined the Lady Seminoles in the spring of 1998...brother Brendon swam for the Seminoles...majoring in food and nutrition.

Karin Holmstedt
Junior, Free
Nodinge, Sweden

THIS SEASON: Finished second in the 50 Free against IRCC while finishing third against NC State...was second in the 100 Free against IRCC and third against FAU and Miami...finished second in the 200 Free against Miami and fifth against NC State.

ON HOLMSTEDT: The 50 Free Junior Sweden Champion in 1994, finishing second n the 100 Free and third in the 200 Free...majoring in communications.

Summer Bell
Sophomore, Back, IM
Apollo Beach, FL

THIS SEASON: Won the 100 Fly against FAU...finished second in the 200 IM against LSU and FAU, third against IRCC and fifth against LSU in the event...took second in the 200 Back against IRCC, fourth against Miami and fifth against LSU and NC State.

ON BELL: A high school All-American in the 100 Back and 200 IM...was state champion in the 100 back and runner-up in the 200 IM...a national merit scholar...majoring in psychology.

Christy Cech
Sophomore, Free
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

THIS SEASON: The Lady Seminoles top point scorer...has won all but one event this year...won the 50 Free against NC State, FAU, Auburn, Miami, Florida, WSU and LSU...claimed the top finish in the 100 Free against NC State, FAU, Auburn, Miami, Florida and WSU and was second against LSU...won the 500 Free against Miami and the 200 Free against IRCC.

ON CECH: An NCAA Qualifier...competed in the 50, 100 and 200 Free at the NCAA Championships while at Miami...majoring in communications.

Amber Goodwin
Sophomore, Back, Free
Midland, TX

THIS SEASON: Won the 100 Back against IRCC and NC State and finished third against FAU...was third in the 50 Free against IRCC and fifth against LSU...won the 200 Back against WSU, Miami and NC State while finishing second against LSU and fourth against Florida...was third in the 500 Free against Miami.

ON GOODWIN: A four-time high school All-American...Texas state champion in the 100 Back and holds the Texas state record in the 200 Back...all-state and All-American in the 50 Free and 100 Back her junior and senior years...majoring in political science.

Caren Hirai
Junior, Diving
McLean, VA

THIS SEASON: Finished second on the one-meter against Florida, FAU, IRCC and Auburn and fourth against NC State and Miami...took second on the three-meter against IRCC, third against FAU and Auburn and fifth against Florida.

ON HIRAI: A high school All-American...was an academic All-American her senior year...named McLean High School Female Athlete of the Year as senior...a first team all-regional and all-district selection and MVP all four years...enrolled in FSU undergraduate studies.

Keryn Krynauw
Sophomore, Breast
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

THIS SEASON: Won the 100 Breast against NC State, FAU and IRCC...won the 200 Breast against NC State and Florida and finished second against Auburn and WSU...finished third in the 1000 Free against NC State and was fifth in the 200 Free against Miami.

ON KRYNAUW: Transfer Ohio State where she swam under Harper...competed in the 1999 NCAA Championships in the 200 breast...second in the Big 10 conference meet in the 200 Breast...CSCAA All-American...majoring in accounting.

Amber McClain
Sophomore, Free
Inverness, FL

THIS SEASON: Took second in the 200 Fly against NC State, finishing third against Miami, fourth against Auburn and fifth against IRCC...won the 100 Fly against IRCC while finishing second against FAU...was fourth in the 50 Free against FAU and fifth in the 200 Fly against Florida.

ON McCLAIN: A national qualifier...holds six high school records and was a four-time MVP selection...graduated tenth in her class...majoring in criminology.

Jill Deviese
Freshman, Fly
Yorktown, VA

THIS SEASON: Won the 200 Fly against NC State, second against Miami and IRCC, third against Auburn and Florida and fourth against LSU...took third in the 100 Fly against FAU and IRCC and fifth in the 200 IM against FAU.

ON DEVIESE: Virginia high school state champion in the 100 Fly...a junior national qualifier in the 100 and 200 Fly...finished fourth in the 1998 junior nationals and sixth in the 1999 junior nationals in the 200 Fly...a USS Swimming scholastic All-American as a sophomore and junior...majoring in engineering.

Shannon Goff
Freshman, Fly
Birmingham, AL

THIS SEASON: Finished fourth in the 200 Free against LSU, the 100 Fly against FAU and IRCC and 200 Fly against NC State, Miami, WSU and IRCC...was fifth in the 200 Fly against Auburn.

ON GOFF: State champion in the 100 Fly...was team captain her junior and senior year...received the Jack Barncasle Award from the Birmingham Swim League (Barncasle swam for FSU in the 1960's)...majoring in business.

Karen Lawsky
Freshman, Breast
Boca Raton, FL

THIS SEASON: finished second in the 100 Breast against FAU and third against IRCC...was second in the 200 Breast against Auburn and third against Florida.

ON LAWSKY: Member of the 1997 Champion South African Junior National Team...high school captain of the Kwa-zulu Natal team...named MVP as a senior...majoring in biological sciences.

Kathleen McCubbins
Freshman, Fly
Richmond, VA

THIS SEASON: Won the 100 Fly against IRCC while finishing second against FAU and NC State...finished second in the 200 Fly against NC State, third against Miami and fourth against Auburn...was fourth in the 50 Free against FAU..

ON MCCUBBINS: Junior championship qualifier as a sophomore, junior and senior...a second team all-metro in the 100 and 200 Fly in 1999...enrolled in FSU's undergraduate studies.

Betsy Nagy
Freshman, Back, IM
Shalimar, FL

THIS SEASON: Finished third in the 100 Back against NC State and was fourth against FAU...finished second in the 200 Back against NC State and Miami, third against Florida and IRCC and fourth against Auburn...was second in the 200 IM against IRCC and third against FAU and Miami...finished third in the 400 IM against NC State.

ON NAGY: A three-year high school MVP...an international baccalaureate graduate...received the team academic award in 1997...enrolled in FSU's undergraduate studies.

Christine Williams
Freshman, Free
Mercerville, NJ

THIS SEASON: Finished second in the 100 Free against FAU and fourth against IRCC, NC State and Auburn...was third in the 200 Free against FAU and fourth in the 50 Free against IRCC.

ON WILLIAMS: Holds the national independent school records in the 50 and 100m Free...1997 YMCA national champion in the 50 Free...all-area, swimmer of the year and MVP all four years...state champion in the 100 Free in 1998 and 1999 and 50 Free in 1999...junior and senior national qualifier...holds 16 high school records and four county records...enrolled in FSU's undergraduate studies.

1999-2000 Top Times/Results

Top Times

50 Free
1. Christy CechAuburn*23.37
2. Anne BlachfordFAU23.85
3. Tanya GurrNC State24.20

100 Free
1. Christy CechAuburn50.97
2. Tanya GurrFlorida51.18
3. Anne BlachfordAuburn (R)52.15

200 Free
1. Tanya GurrLSU* 1:50.14
2. Christy CechIRCC1:51.96
3. Kristen AdamsFlorida1:52.86

500 Free
1. Kristen AdamsLSU5:00.95
2. Amber McLainLSU5:08.19
3. Keryn KrynauwFAMU5:09.85

1000 Free
1. Kristen AdamsLSU10:23.81
2. Liska DedekindIRCC10:26.72
3. Amber McLainLSU10:28.09

1650 Free
1. Amber McLainFAU17:47.40
2. Megan LockFAU18:01.47

200 IM
1. Anne BlachfordFlorida2:04.78
2. Summer BellLSU2:08.17
3. Betsy NagyFAU2:10.81

400 IM
1. Betsy NagyNC State4:38.95
2. Kristen KeelanNC State4:40.85

100 Fly
1. Summer BellFAU56.90
2. Anne BlachfordNC State57.66
3. Kathleen McCubbinsIRCC57.90

200 Fly
1. Jill DevieseMiami2:06.84
2. Kathleen McCubbinsLSU2:07.02
3. Shannon GoffWSU2:08.54

100 Back
1. Amber GoodwinAuburn57.74
2. Liska DedekindG&G58.50
3. Tanya GurrFAU58.13

200 Back
1. Amber GoodwinAuburn2:03.95
2. Betsy NagyFlorida2:05.81
3. Tanya GurrIRCC2:09.17

100 Breast
1. Keryn KryauwIRCC1:05.31
2. Anne BlachfordFSU-P1:05.48
3. Kristen KeelanG&G1:08.36

200 Breast
1. Keryn KrynauwIRCC2:18.03
2. Kristen KeelanAuburn2:24.04
3. Karen LawskyLSU2:33.09

One-Meter Diving
1. Marya SabeskyIRCC^279.52
2. Caren HiraiIRCC^265.20
3. Brandy OglesbyIRCC247.20

Three-Meter Diving
1. Marya SabekyIRCC^301.50
2. Caren HiraiIRCC246.37
3. Brandy OgelsbyIRCC228.00

200 Medley Relay
1. Goodwin, Krynauw, Blachford, Cech NC State1:46.62

400 Medley Relay
1. Goodwin, Krynauw, Blachford, CechAuburn3:49.52

200 Free Relay
1. Blachford, Cech, Dedekind, GurrNC State1:35.46

400 Free Relay
1. Adams, Blachford, Holmstedt, GurrFlorida3:27.22

800 Free Relay
1. FSU-AIRCC Relays7:56.55

* NCAA Consideration Time
^ NCAA Zonal Diving Qualifying Score


 

 

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