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2000-2001 Women's Swimming Outlook

Oct. 24, 2000

Women's Outlook

After an impressive first season at the helm of the Florida State women's swimming program, Head Coach Neil Harper and the 2000-2001 Lady Seminoles enter this year with high expectations. If solid road victories over Florida Atlantic and Miami in early October are any indication of what Harper can expect from his team, then the Florida State women's program is in for a successful season By adding depth in every event, the Lady Seminoles have the potential to achieve great things.

"We have five or six people, freshmen included, who in any given meet, can step up and dictate the pace or amount of wins we have in a meet," Harper said. "Any one person can contribute at any given time. With an overall team effort, with everyone swimming well from top to bottom, we can surprise a few teams."

Veterans senior Kristen Adams and junior Christy Cech will provide leadership for an FSU team that returns 14 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 9-4 and sent five swimmers to the 2000 NCAA Championships. Adams, a team captain who hails from Greer, S.C., hopes to accomplish even greater things this season after competing in the 200, 400 and 800 Free Relays at the NCAA Championships last season. Cech, of Pieternaritzburg, Natal in South Africa, enjoyed a successful sophomore campaign as she won the ACC title in the 100 Free and competed in a maximum five events at the NCAA Championships.


"We will look to Kristen for leadership both inside and outside the pool," Harper said. "Christy is our top sprinter. She is a big threat in the 50, 100 and 200 free styles. I expect for both of them to lead by example."

Also returning is sophomore Christine Williams, who was also a member of the last year's NCAA Championships 400 Free Relay team. The Mercerville, N.J., native, should continue to contend in the sprint free style events.

With several NCAA near-qualifiers from last year's squad returning, Florida State's NCAA meet participation should only improve. Junior Summer Bell of Apollo Beach, Fla., will compete in the fly, middle distance free and IM events. Sophomore Keryn Krynauw, also of Pieternaritzburg, Natal in South Africa, looks to improve on fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at last year's ACC Championships. Junior Amber Goodwin, who hails from Midland, Texas, should once again contend in both backstroke events.

Florida State welcomes six freshmen and two transfers to this year's roster. Sophomore Candice Nethercott, who transferred to Florida State from LSU, will compete in the fly events. Sophomore Margaret Colley, who transferred from Florida, will add depth to the team in the back and fly events.

"What we have done with our team in terms of recruiting and with the addition of a couple of transfers, our team is deeper than it ever has been," Harper said. "We've added depth in the stroke events. Our first and second swimmers in almost every stroke event are strong. Our top sprinter is continually a strong point while our relays look to be very solid as well."

The diving squad is young with just one returnee with collegiate experience in junior Caren Hirai of McLean, Virginia. Hirai will be counted on to help mentor the squad's three newcomers Chelsie Lerew, Michelle Sekeres and Lauren Walker. Hirai's strength will be in the one-meter, where she hopes to qualify for the NCAA Championships this year. The FSU coaches look for Lerew to make an immediate impact, but all four divers have the potential to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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