GREENSBORO, N.C., January 7. A new calendar year has brought the same strong results from the Florida State University women's and men's swimming and diving teams. The Seminoles started the New Year with a trio of victories over the weekend and from that meet came the first two Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Week winners of 2004.
Taking home the initial women's award was junior Lisa How (Preston, England), while senior Michael Paulus (Somerest West, South Africa) captured the men's honor.
"We've had some swimmers in the past who have done well and haven't won the award, so it's good to see these two get the recognition," FSU deck boss Neil Harper said. "We're off and running for this New Year and we want to keep it going for the dual meets and the conference championships.
In the meet against UNC-Wilmington and North Florida, How produced a pair of victories in two events. Swimming the 50 free for the first time this year she notched the blue ribbon with a time of 24.35. In a more familiar event, she won the 100 butterfly for the third time this season, touching in at 56.42. How ended the meet by taking part in the winning 400 free relay that hit the wall in 3:36.61.
"Lisa How had a great Christmas and post-Christmas training," Harper noted. "She came into the meet ready for anything. We put her in an event that she doesn't normally swim, the 50, but she was excited about it and made the most of it. I was happy with her time in the 100 fly and her split in the relay."
Not to be outdone, Paulus came through with a pair triumphs during the individual events. For only the second time this season he captured both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. He was first to the wall in the 50 with a 21.15, while his 100 free mark of 47.10 gave him the victory by more than a second. Starting off the meet, Paulus was a member of the 200 medley relay that placed second with its 1:35.67.
"Michael Paulus is starting to come around," Harper added. "A lot of the time he gets broken down real easy with a lot of hard training, but he got up for the meet and I think he wanted to prove a point. His toughest opposition came from his own teammates and for him to beat them they way he did says a lot. I think he's focused and ready for a good semester."