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Women's Swimming Finishes Season Even

Dec. 2, 1999

The women's swimming and diving team finished its 1998-99 season with a 4-4 record and went 1-1 in ACC competition. The women won 35 events in their eight meets and recorded two NCAA Consideration Times.

The Lady Seminoles started the season with a 2-1 record in a quad meet before heading west for a match-up with the Washington State Cougars, bringing home a 113-91 win. Six ladies won their respective events and the 400 Free Relay team of Tanya Gurr, Katie Wright, Karin Holmstedt and Amber Goodwin set a new WSU pool record with a time of 3:32.38 The Lady Seminoles took on their first ACC opponent NC State in Raleigh, N.C. After winning four events and scoring many top finishes,the women trailed 115-111 going into the 200 Free Relay. Gurr, Anne Blachford, Goodwin and Kristen Adams won the event and gave the Lady Seminoles their first ACC win of the season.

The Lady Seminoles hosted Florida in their first home meet of the season. FSU won four events and finished second in five events but fell to the Gators 152-91. The women's final competition of the fall season was the Notre Dame Invitational where they met up with # 8 Michigan, #22 Notre Dame, West Virginia, Michigan State, Ohio, Colorado State, Northern Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Western Kentucky. FSU finished fourth among these teams and had 15 individuals and five relays finish in the top eight.


The women's team started the spring season with a home meet against ACC rival Virginia. The Lady Seminoles fell 134.5-98.5 despite winning seven individual events and Gurr, Adams, Holmstedt and Blachford won the final event of the day, the 400 Free Relay. The final home meet and final dual meet of the season for the women was with the Tigers of LSU. The Lady Seminoles fell to 4-4 after the 143-99 loss but won five of the events. Gurr produced an NCAA consideration time in the 200 Free with her 1:50.64 winning time.

The Lady Seminoles headed to College Park, Md., in February for the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. Despite a sixth place finish, the women's team brought back 14 top eight finishes. Gurr led the team, finishing 2nd in the 50 Free, 3rd in the 200 Free and 5th in the 100 Free. Junior Marya Sabesky took the second spot on the three-meter springboard and third spot on the one-meter springboard as Adams finished 6th in the 200 Free and 7th in the 500 Free. Blachford took 4th in the 400 IM and 100 Breast as White finished 5th in the 100 and 200 Breast. Blachford, White and Gurr joined Dedekind on the 3rd place 400 Medley Relay as Blachford, Holmstedt, Gurr and Goodwin took 4th in the 200 Free Relay.

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