TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 6. TWO members of the Florida State swimming and diving team were recognized for their top performances this past weekend.
Juniors Wickus Nienaber and Andree-Anne LeRoy were named ACC Swimmers of the Week.
The weekly honor is the second for Nienaber (Simugye, Swaziland), who earned the award last season. On Saturday, Nienaber won two individual events in addition to helping the No. 25 Seminoles take two relay victories in their win over UNC-Wilmington. The Seminoles (7-2, 1-0 ACC) have now had three individuals earn the conference’s weekly honor, as Nienaber joins previous winners Louie Gagnet and Joey Marshburn.
Nienaber placed first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 56.61 and 2:05.69, respectively, before leading the Tribe to victories in the 200-medley and 200-free relays. Currently, Nienaber holds the ACC’s best time this season in the 100-breast (54.61) and third-best mark in the 200-breast (1:59.77). The FSU men also have the conference’s best marks in the 200-free relay (1:20.28) and 200-medley relay (1:28.71).
LeRoy (British Columbia, Canada), a transfer from Washington State, became the first Lady Seminole to earn the conference honor this season following an impressive performance in a tri-meet against UNCW and North Florida, scoring victories in three events.
LeRoy showed her versatility and talent with wins in the 100-backstroke (58.21), 200-breast (2:24.69) and the 200-IM (2:06.41). Her efforts led the No. 20 Lady Seminoles to their eighth and ninth victories of the season. LeRoy currently ranks among the ACC’s top 10 this season in the 200-back and is third in the conference in the 200- and 400-IMs.
The Seminoles will compete next against ACC foe NC State on Jan. 10, in Raleigh, N.C.