Nov. 10, 2004
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The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State at Miami (W) and Indian River CC (M&W)
Norman Whitten Pool -- Coral Gables, Fla, Friday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m.
Florida State at Florida International (W) and Florida Atlantic (M&W)
Bay Vista Aquatics Center -- Miami, Fla, Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.
#19 Women's Record (7-2, 3-1 ACC); #24 Men: (6-1, 4-0 ACC)
The Nuts & Bolts:
Florida State Back In Action In South Florida
Following its first weekend off in a month, the Florida State University swimming and diving teams are back in the water this weekend when they travel to south Florida for a pair of meets. Up first is a 5 p.m. bout on Friday (Nov. 12) as the women's team faces Miami in the first ACC meeting between the two schools, while both teams take on Indian River CC. The following day, both teams take on Florida Atlantic, with the women adding a meet against the host Florida International.
Seminoles Try To Duplicate Last Year's Results Versus Lower Latitudes
Last season's meets against this weekend's opponents produced four wins for the women and two more for the guys. The closest of the contests was a 141-94 victory by the women over Miami. Neither the women (18-0) nor the men (12-0) have ever lost to FAU, while last year's meeting was the first with FIU. The women are 16-11 versus Miami with a 17-3 ledger against Indian River CC. FSU's men's squad is 17-1 against Indian River CC and was 29-16 versus Miami before the program was discontinued.
Men Win All Three, Women Take Two Of Three At ACC Quad
With a chance to compete in the pool that will host the ACC Championships, the Seminoles put together two solid days of effort at a league quad meet hosted by Georgia Tech. The men swept all three meets, beating Georgia Tech (188-162), Virginia Tech (189.5-163.5) and Maryland (240-113). The women topped No. 24 Virginia Tech (211-142) and added a win over Georgia Tech (243-110), but fell 228.5-125.5) to 14th-ranked Maryland.
Relays Help Men To Victory
At the ACC Quad meet in Atlanta, Florida State was the only men's team to post either a first or second place finish in all four relays, including a pair of victories. The quartet of Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England), Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) and Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) posted a winning time of 1:23.63 in the 200 medley relay. Denton and Roycik teamed up with Brett Irvin (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) to win the 400 free relay in a time of 3:04.56.
McClow And Lerew Sweep Diving Events
Scoring big points for the Seminole women's team was the diving trio of senior captain Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomores Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) and Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.). Lerew took the three-meter board on the first day with a score of 290.65, the third best score in the ACC this year, with McClow placing third. The senior came back to win the one-meter board at 291.35, while Lerew was runner-up and Akridge took fourth.
Peter Crane Steps Up For Seminoles In Atlanta
Senior Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) couldn't have picked a better time to post his best scores of the year. At the ACC quad meet, the captain tallied season highs of 262.00 (one-meter) and 286.70 (three-meter) to record a pair of third-place marks.
ACC Performer Of The Week Nominees:
Men - Senior Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) Here's Why: Won a pair of individual events, while taking part in the first-place 200 freestyle relay. Notched two season best times in winning the 50 free (21.12) and 100 butterfly (50.21). Time in the 50 free is the fastest dual meet mark of his career. Swam the fastest split of any swimmer in the 200 freestyle relay (20.54).
Women - Senior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) Here's Why: Notched a pair of season-best marks, including a winning time of 56.00 in the 100-yard butterfly. Posted wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, placing second overall, with her season-best mark of 57.61 in the 100-yard backstroke. Rounded out the meet with a fourth-place mark in the 200 individual medley.
Lindsay Kenney Has Break Out Performance In Quad Meet
One of the best performances at the quad meet was turned in by freshman Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas). The rookie was just one of five members of the women's team to post an individual victory as she came back in the last five yards to win the 200 butterfly in a season-best time of 2:05.6. She also finished in the top six of three other events, including a fourth-place mark in the 400 individual medley.
Denton Wins 100 Free, Carrie Ellis Strong In Women's Sprints
Pulling off a big victory in the 100 freestyle was Ed Denton as he touched in at 45.98 to win the 100 freestyle in a time of 45.98, which ranks fifth in the league. The rookie added a fourth-place mark in the 200 free while swimming on a pair of winning relays. Producing big points in the women's sprints has been senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.). After a two-year hiatus, she is regaining the form that made her an All-American in 2002. Ellis finished second in the 100 free (51.72) and added a fifth-place mark in the 200 free (1:53.54).
The Golda Standard
One of the biggest weakness for the Seminoles in the past has been the distance events, but senior Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.) has been picking up valuable points this year. Riding a wave of confidence after an appearance in the summer Olympics, Marcus placed second in the 1,000 free with a career-best time of 10:06.83, that rates fourth in the league. She also finished third in the 500 free.
Jamerson And Brick Take Breaststroke Events
Keeping Florida State swimmers at the top of the league in the breaststroke has been freshman Billy Jamerson and sophomore Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.). Jamerson took the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best 2:03.88--to go along with a second-place mark at the 100-yard distance. Brick was tops in the 100 breast with her winning NCAA B-cut time of 1:03.71.