Florida State Men's Swimming & Diving - 2006-07 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Swimming & Diving - 2006-07 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Neil Harper, Head Coach
James Barber, Assistant Coach
Jesse Collins, Strength and Conditioning
Carrie Ellis, Graduate Assistant
Patrick Jeffrey, Divers
Liz Klink, Assistant Coach
Andy Robins, Associate Head Coach
Wyn Saunier, Graduate Assistant

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2006-07 Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving


2006-07 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Dan Bradford, 6-8, FS, Rockledge

Shawn Erickson, 6-3, FS, Tallahassee

Travis Forte, 6-1, FR-FL, Jacksonville

Nick Graves, 5-10, FS, Lexington, KY

Terry Horner, 5-6, D, Orlando

Lloyd Owens, 6-1, FS, Oviedo

Robert Padgett, 5-11, BK-IM, Greensboro, NC

Matthew Skinner, 6-3, BR-FL, Pensacola

Corey Swanson, 6-0, FS, Tampa

Scott Thacker, 6-1, BR, Lynchburg, VA

David Toffaletti, 6-1, FS, Charlotte, NC


2006-07 Roster - By Name

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T                                          PY
R Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* Jarryd Botha          BK-FR   6-6   Jr   **   Worcester, South Africa (Paul Roos Gymnasium)
  Dan Bradford          FS      6-8   Fr        Rockledge (Rockledge)
* Brendan Burke         FL-BK   5-11  Jr   *    West Des Moines, IA (Valley)
* Ed Denton             FS      6-1   Jr   **   Maidenhead, England (Millfield School)
* Scott Derner          D       5-11  So   *    Grapevine, TX (Colleyville Heritage)
  Paul Erben            BR-IM   6-6   Sr-R ***  Panama City (Bay)
* Shawn Erickson        FS      6-3   Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
  Travis Forte          FR-FL   6-1   Fr        Jacksonville (Bolles)
* Dan Frebel            D       5-10  So   *    Fort Wayne, IN (Homestead)
* Nick Graves           FS      5-10  Fr        Lexington, KY (Sayre)
* Matt Hammond          FS      6-2   Jr   **   Daytona Beach (Spruce Creek)
* Jimmy Holway          FS      6-0   So   *    Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
* Terry Horner          D       5-6   Fr        Orlando (Lyman)
* Billy Jamerson        BR-FS   6-0   Jr   **   Savannah, GA (Sandy Creek)
  Derek Jones           D       5-9   Sr   ***  Jacksonville (First Coast)
  Alex Kennon           FS      6-1   Sr   ***  Winter Haven (Lake Region)
  Mark Nicholls         FL-IM   5-10  Sr   ***  Charlotte, NC (South Mecklenburg)
* Lloyd Owens           FS      6-1   Fr        Oviedo (Oviedo)
* Robert Padgett        BK-IM   5-11  Fr        Greensboro, NC (Lucy Ragsdale)
* Ian Powell            BK-FL   5-8   Jr   **   Guernsey, Channel Islands (Millfield School)
* Michael Rice          FL-IM   5-11  Jr-R *    North Miami (Miami Country Day/Florida)
  Steve Roof            FS-FL   5-10  Sr   ***  Canton, OH (Central Catholic)
  Matthew Skinner       BR-FL   6-3   Fr        Pensacola (Gulf Breeze)
* Corey Swanson         FS      6-0   Fr        Tampa (Sickles)
* Scott Thacker         BR      6-1   Fr        Lynchburg, VA (Jefferson Forest)
* Alex Tilbrook         D       6-2   Jr   **   Largo (Osceola)
* David Toffaletti      FS      6-1   Fr        Charlotte, NC (Butler)
* Kyle Young            FS      6-2   Jr   **   Oviedo (Oviedo)

2006-07 All-Americans

Name                     NCAA Championships
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Ed Denton                800-Yard Freestyle Relay (15th) - Honorable Mention

Terry Horner             One-Meter Diving (1st)
                         Three-Meter Diving (8th)

Alex Kennon              800-Yard Freestyle Relay (15th) - Honorable Mention

Steve Roof               1650-Yard Freestyle (11th) - Honorable Mention
                         800-Yard Freestyle Relay (15th) - Honorable Mention

Kyle Young               1650-Yard Freestyle (7th)
                         500-Yard Freestyle (10th) - Honorable Mention
                         800-Yard Freestyle Relay (15th) - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  5

2006-07 Schedules and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
10/07
Ref
H
CLEMSON W 198-97
10/28
Ref
N
FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Miami, Fl
W 206-86
11/18
Ref
N
NIKE CUP
November 16-18, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC
1st Place
11/21
Ref
H
FLORIDA W 172-128
01/06
Ref
H
UNC-WILMINGTON W 130-89
01/12
Ref
A
LOUISIANA STATE L 146-154
01/13
Ref
N
DALLAS MORING NEWS CLASSIC
January 12-13, 2007, Dallas, Tx
 
01/26
Ref
H
INDIAN RIVER CC W 132-106
01/27
Ref
H
AUBURN L 108-133
02/24
Ref
N
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
February 21-24, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC
1st Place
03/04
Ref
N
NCAA ZONE B QUALIFIER
March 2-4, 2007, Athens, Ga
 
03/17
Ref
N
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
March 15-17, 2007, Minneapolis, Mn
17th Place
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    5- 2     4- 1     0- 1     1- 0


2007 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1~ FLORIDA STATE         714
 2  VIRGINIA              616.5
 3  NORTH CAROLINA        532.5
 4  VIRGINIA TECH         388
 5  CLEMSON               323.5
 6  GEORGIA TECH          267.5
 7  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  258
 8  MARYLAND              253
 9  DUKE                  128
10  MIAMI                  73
11  BOSTON COLLEGE         68

FLORIDA STATE 198, CLEMSON 97
10/07/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Swimming and Diving Tops Clemson in Season Opener.

The men defeated Clemson 198-97 while the women won 179-116.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened up their seasons on a high note as both Seminole squads earned dual meet wins over Clemson. The men defeated the Tigers 198-87 while the women were victorious 179-116.

"Clemson is a good team and they always give us a heck of a meet," said head coach Neil Harper. "Initially I was concerned about it because you never know what is in store. They are a good team and well coached so I think that we answered the call. I feel much better now then I did a couple of hours ago. It was a good test and I think for the most part they did real well and past it."

"These guys have been training really hard," said Harper. "A lot of them are young and that can have an adverse affect. They are tired and beat up so you just never know how they are going to handle it. The captains led while the seniors and the juniors did a good job of letting them know what to expect. We came out in the first couple of events and did really well. The 1000s were good for us as well followed by the 200s. I knew that we were going to be alright. Not that we discounted what Clemson had or what they could still do. We had some quality swims today and some depth too. I think the overall team effort was real good. It was a good way to start the season especially in front of a nice big crowd."

Leading the way for the men's team with three individual event victories was junior Ian Powell (Guernsey Channel, Islands). Powell started out by winning the 200 fly (1:49.34), then followed that up with wins in the 200 back (1:50.00) and 100 fly (50.27).

"Ian (Powell) trains real hard and he competes real hard," said Harper. "He is just setting the tone for this year. He had a great year last season and got sick at the conference meet so he feels that he has a lot to prove and he sure did today. He started the meet off real well and it's good for our team to know that we have a key person like him to count on."

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the women's team as she won two individual events. She finished first in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 free (50.72).

"It was good to see that the most valuable swimmer, in my mind, at the ACC Championships last year just pick up where she left off," said Harper. "Christie (Raleigh) is key for us in those events and we are going to rely on her heavily. She has a great supporting cast and I think she led by example today. It is another boost for us to know that we have her on our team."

Winning two individual events each for the men's team were senior Alex Kennon (Winter Park, Fla.) and junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.). Kennon took the 50 free (20.75) and 100 free (45.64) while Jamerson won the 100 breast (55.68) and 200 breast (2:05.08).

In diving, freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won both the 1M (263.78) and 3M (274.88) for the women while sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also won the 1M (301.20) and 3M (317.40) for the men.

In the mid to distance freestyle events on the men's side, freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) won the 1000 free (9:24.42), senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) took the 500 free (4:32.02) and junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished first in the 200 free (1:40.87).

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) picked up another win for the men taking the 100 back in 51.77.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) showed once again why she is an All-American in the 100 breast as she took first place in the event with a time of 1:03.35. Also picking up individual event wins for the women's team was junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in the 100 fly (56.24), sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W. Va.) in the 200 breast (2:19.48), freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 200 fly (2:02.34) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) in the 200 free (1:51.58).

The Seminoles scored big points to open up the meet as both the women's and men's teams won the 200 medley relay. The women's team of Raleigh, Brick, Sparg and freshman Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) took first with a time of 1:43.11 while the men's team of Powell, Jamerson, Kennon and freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) won with a time of 1:31.53.

The total attendance at the meet today was 377.

The next meet for the women's team will be Fri.-Sat., Oct. 20-21 at the SMU Women's Classic in Dallas, Texas. The men will be back in the pool on Sat., Oct. 28 when both the men and women battle Florida Atlantic and the women take on Florida International in Miami, Fla.


FLORIDA STATE 206, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 86
10/28/2006, Miami, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming & Diving Records Wins Over FAU (M&W) and FIU (W).

The FSU women's team upped their recorded to 4-0 while the men improved to 2-0 on the season.

MIAMI, FL - The Florida State (No. 15) men's and (No. 14) women's swimming and diving teams remained perfect on the season after the women defeated Florida Atlantic 187-112 and Florida International 245-51 and the men beat FAU 206-86. The women upped their recorded to 4-0 on the season while the men improved to 2-0.

"It is a continuation of the good form that we have shown this semester," said head coach Neil Harper. "We needed to race this weekend. It was difficult being on the road having to drive this far down to Miami. It was a good test and for us to compete as well as we did under some adverse conditions. It was a good performance for us. Now we are looking forward to getting back to campus, resting the rest of the weekend and then getting back to hard work and focusing on the Nike Cup at Chapel Hill."

Junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) led the way for the men's team as he recorded three individual event wins. Powell won the 100 fly (50.51), 200 fly (1:49.71), and 200 back (1:49.11).

"He did well and you can not take that away from him," said Harper. "He swam well in all three of his events."

Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the women's team as she recorded two individual event wins. Raleigh won the 200 fly (2:01.63) and 50 free (23.43).

"She stepped up in the 200 fly and then double backed and won the 50 free," said Harper.

Three Seminoles on the men's squad touched the wall first in two individual events. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) finished first in both breaststroke events taking the 100 breast in 57.86 and 200 breast in 2:07.10 while junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) recorded wins in the 200 free (1:41.01) and 500 free (4:32.37). Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) won the 1650 free (15:24.72) and recorded the fastest time in the 400 IM (4:02.27) swimming it in exhibition.

FSU was dominate in the diving events as sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) won the 3M (302.05) and sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) won the 1M (261.10) for the men while freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won the 1M (256.30) and freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor, Fla.) won the (3M 273.35).

Winning individual events for the men's team were junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) in the 100 back (51.69) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) 46.20.

Winning individual events for the women's squad were senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) in the 100 breast (1:02.03), senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) in the 200 back (2:02.38), freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) in the 100 free (52.79) and freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 100 fly (56.49).

Both Seminole squads recorded the fastest times in every relay held on the day. The men's team of Powell, Jamerson, Kennon and freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) won the 200 medley in 1:33.15 while the men's team of Botha, Kennon, junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) recorded the fastest time in the 200 free relay (1:25.89) swimming in an exhibition. The women's team of Raleigh, Brick, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and freshman Lindsay Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.) won the 200 medley in 1:46.36 while the team of Raleigh, Brick, junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) won the 200 free in 1:35.92.

The Florida State men's and women's teams will be back in action November 16-18 when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Nike Cup Invitational.


NIKE CUP, 1st place
11/18/2006, November 16-18, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Swimming & Diving Men and Women In First After Day One of the Nike Cup.

The men and women are in first place with 402 and 260 points, respectively.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's (No. 16) and women's (No. 13) swimming and diving teams lead the Nike Cup after the completion of the first day of events. The men's squad is out in front with 402 points and is followed by Kentucky (207), Clemson (203), North Carolina (196), Virginia Tech (141), James Madison (29), East Carolina (28), NC State (17), Miami (15) and Syracuse (2). The women's team is in first place with 260 points and is followed by North Carolina (229), Clemson (209), Kentucky (181), Virginia Tech (169), Miami (87), East Carolina (71), Syracuse (27) and NC State (7).

The Seminoles got off to a fast start in the 200 free relay. The men's team of junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa), sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) took first place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:20.81. The women's team of freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) finished second with a time of 1:33.95.

Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up a win for the men in the 500 free as he touched with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:22.29. Right behind him also recording an NCAA "B" cut was junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) who finished second in 4:22.90.

The women's team picked up valuable points in the 500 free as freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) took second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:52.51. Finishing in third was junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) with a time of 4:55.49.

The Seminoles went one-two on the men's 1M as sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) won the event with a six dive score of 343.10. Just a few points behind was freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) who placed second with a six dive score of 340.20.

A pair of freshman scored big points on the women's 1M as Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) placed third (274.15) and Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) took fifth (251.75).

In the men's 200 IM, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished third with a time of 1:52.79 while freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) took fourth in 1:53.19. FSU's top finisher in the women's 200 IM was sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) who finished sixth in 2:04.45.

Recording NCAA "B" cut times in the men's 50 free were Botha and Kennon who finished second (20.16) and fourth (20.28), respectively. The Seminoles' top finisher in the women's 50 free was King who placed 11th with a time of 23.89.

The Seminoles wrapped up the night recording two NCAA "B" cut times in the 400 medley relay. The men's team of Botha, Kennon and juniors Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) finished first with a time of 3:16.96. The women's squad also won as the team of Brick, Sparg, Grimes and senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) touched the wall in 3:41.30.

The Seminoles will be back in action tomorrow, Friday, November 17 as the Nike Cup continues with prelims starting at 10:00 a.m. and the finals at 6:00 p.m. The Nike Cup will conclude on Saturday, November 18.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Remains in First Place after Day Two of the Nike Cup.

The men are in first place with 770 points while the women are also in first with 639 points.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's (No. 16) and women's (No. 13) swimming and diving teams remain in first place after the conclusion of day two at the Nike Cup. The men's team leads with 770 points and is followed by Kentucky (463), Clemson (440), North Carolina (378), Virginia Tech (372), James Madison (80), East Carolina (78), Syracuse (22), NC State (17) and Miami (15). The women's team is in first place with 639 points and is followed by North Carolina (469.5), Clemson (450), Kentucky (373.5), Virginia Tech (371), Miami (151), East Carolina (142), Syracuse (32) and NC State (7).

The Seminoles picked up right where they left off as they swept the 200 medley relays. The women's team of freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and juniors Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) finished first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:41.90. The men's team then matched the women's win with one of their own as the team of juniors Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) and Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished first with a time of 1:29.71.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won the 100 breast and in the process recorded an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.52. Earlier in the day Brick went even faster in the prelims recording an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.17.

In the men's 100 back, the Seminoles went one-two as junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) won the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.69. He was followed closely by Powell who finished second with a time of 49.38. Powell also finished fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 49.47.

In the women's 100 fly, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) finished second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.47.

The Seminoles scored big points in the 200 free on both the men's and women's sides. For the men, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) won the race with a time of 1:38.21 and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished third with a time of 1:39.60. On the women's side sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) finished second in 1:50.38 and senior Romy Altamm (Cape Town, South Africa) finished fourth in 1:51.38. Altmann added a second place performance in the 100 back recording an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.71.

After winning the 500 free last night senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up another win taking the 400 IM in 3:54.74. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.) was the women's top finisher as she took third in 4:26.68.

The men's 100 breast proved to be another valuable point scoring event for the Seminoles as Jamerson finished second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.22 and senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished third in 55.63.

The Seminoles wrapped up the night with the 800 free relay. The women's team of Elias, sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) and freshmen Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Lindsay Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.) finished second with a time of 7:28.15. The men's team of Young and freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.), Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Lloyd Owens (Oviedo, Fla.) finished third with a time of 6:45.99.

The Nike Cup will concluded tomorrow, Saturday, November 18 with prelims beginning at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m.


FSU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Finish First at the Nike Cup.

The men's and women's teams won with 1104 and 929 points, respectively.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's (No. 16) and women's (No. 13) swimming and diving teams both finished in first place at the Nike Cup. The men won the team title with 1104 points and were followed by Kentucky (690), Clemson (605), Virginia Tech (568), North Carolina (567), East Carolina (105), James Madison (99), Miami (35), Syracuse (22), NC State (17). The women claimed their first with 929 points and were followed by North Carolina (711), Clemson (604), Kentucky (574), Virginia Tech (508), Miami (247), East Carolina (202), Syracuse (56) and NC State (7).

Senior Romy Altamm (Cape Town, South Africa) won the women's 200 back with an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:57.24.

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) then won the men's 200 back with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:45.10. He was followed closely by junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) who took second in 1:47.47.

Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) claimed another win for FSU taking the 100 free with a time of 44.72.

Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) and senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished first (2:15.84) and second (2:16.12) in the 200 breast and they both recorded NCAA "B" cut times.

In the men's 200 breast, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished second with a time of 2:02.63.

The Seminoles scored big points in the men's 1650 free as they finished two-three-four. All three recorded NCAA "B" cut times as junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished second (15:10.32), senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished third (15:14.65) and freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) finished fourth (15:26.07).

The women's team scored valuable points in the 200 fly as they finished two-three-four. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the way for FSU finishing second (2:01.26) and was followed by junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in third (2:02.26) and senior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) in fourth (2:03.28). Elias and Sparg recorded NCAA "B" cut times in the race.

In the men's 200 fly, Powell finished third with a time of 1:49.89 and was followed by senior Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.) in fourth (1:50.61).

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was FSU's top finisher in the women's 1650 free as she placed seventh with a time of 17:01.92.

Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) was the first Seminole to touch the wall in the women's 100 free as she finished eighth in 51.28.

Florida State wrapped up the night with the 400 free relay. The women's team of Elias, Altmann, Holderness and Grimes finished second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:24.05. The men's team of Botha, Kennon, sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished third with a time of 3:00.51.

The Seminoles will be back in action on Tuesday, November 21 when they take on Florida at home. The meet will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.


FLORIDA STATE 172, FLORIDA 128
11/21/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Knocks Off Nationally Ranked Florida.

For the first time in school history the FSU women's swimming and diving team defeated Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State No. 13 women's swimming and diving team made history at the Bobby E. Leach Center tonight as they defeated No. 6 Florida 162-138. It was the first time in school history that FSU has defeated Florida in women's swimming and diving. The FSU men's No. 16 team defeated No. 10 Florida 172-128.

"Florida has always been a great program," said head coach Neil Harper. "There has always been for many years a loss on our schedule and I think it was just a great opportunity that we had. Our kids rose to the occasion, I think all of them weren't necessarily firing on all cylinders but they really got excited about the meet and got excited about each other and got behind each other. It was just a great total team effort. The divers just did phenomenal. Every time we looked up on the board they were scoring great scores and winning."

"It was just a great team effort," said Harper. "We never stop believing that we could do it. Every time we won an event it just gave us more belief. It was a great result for us and a great thing for the program. The other thing too is a part from beating a top ten team, beating your instate rivals adds to it and I think the fun thing for these kids is that a lot of our kids know their kids and have been friends on clubs teams, USS teams and high school teams. So it is good for FSU to take a step forward, win more races and get the win."

FSU's women are now 1-31 all-time against Florida while the men are 23-36-1. The women improved to 5-0 on the season while the men improved to 3-0.

The Seminoles got off to a fast start winning both the men's and women's 200 medley relay. The women's team of sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) took first place with a time of 1:40.37. The men's squad of junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished first with a time of 1:29.79.

Brick had an outstanding performance in the 100 breast as she finished with an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.82. She also won the 200 breast with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:15.81.

Jamerson won the men's 100 breast with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.58 and followed the up with another win in the 200 breast, taking the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:59.22.

Florida State was dominant in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, scoring big points in both events. Raleigh led the way for the women as she won the 50 free (23.14) and 100 free (49.94) recording NCAA "B" cut times in both events. Kennon also won both sprint freestyle events for the men. He took first in the the 50 free in 20.70 and 100 free in 45.23.

Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up a win for the men in the 1000 free with a time of 9:05.84. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) registered another Seminole win as he took first place in the 100 back with a time of 48.98.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) picked up a win in the 200 back as she recorded an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:58.78. Altmann also finished second in the 100 back in 56.72.

Sparg has an impressive swim winning the 100 fly with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.56. She also recorded an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:01.65 as she finished second in the 200 fly.

FSU won all four diving events. For the women freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) won the 1M (282.45) and freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won the 3M (295.50). On the men's side freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) finished first on the 1M (310.80) and junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) finished first on the 3M (338.25).

The women wrapped up the night in similar fashion to the way they started it as the 400 free relay team of Grimes, Sparg, Altmann and Raleigh took first place with a time of 3:23.11. Raleigh, who anchored the leg enter the pool slightly behind and then proceed to run away with the relay which locked up the Seminole win.

The men's 400 free relay team of Botha, Kennon, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) and freshman Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) also finished first in the relay with a time of 3:01.78.

The Seminoles will head to Naples, Fla. for their annual training trip, December 29 through January 5. On January 4, FSU will take on Penn State at 6:00 p.m. in Naples, Fla. On January 6, FSU will return home to take on North Florida (W) and UNC-Wilmington (M&W). The meet will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.


FLORIDA STATE 130, UNC-WILMINGTON 89
01/06/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Defeat UNC-Wilmington and North Florida.

Terry Horner sets school records in one meter, and three meter diving.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It was a dream day for Florida State's freshman sensation Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) as he set not one, but two school records in a fast start to 2007. Horner broke the one-meter diving record with a six-dive total of 379.50, besting current teammate David Toffaletti (Charlotte, N.C.) who set the record at 375.25 in 2006. Later in the meet the three-meter mark fell as well when Horner scored 401.65. Horner's new mark smashed the old record of 380.92 which was set by All-American Louis Gagnet in 2003.

"Two school records at FSU isn't too shabby, "commented FSU Swimming & Diving Head Coach Neil Harper. "That's great for anybody that beats any school record at any time of the year. It was a heck of a performance."

The No. 6 ranked women's team took a pair of victories to improve to 7-0 by outscoring UNC-Wilmington 140-89, and besting North Florida 143-83. The No. 10 ranked men's team raked in the single victory to move to 4-0 as they defeated UNC-Wilmington 130-89. The victory was in little doubt as the Seminoles won every event in both men's and women's competition.

"I think it's good for us to come back from our training trip with a meet like this," Harper added. "The kids are fatigued and tired; they've really worked very hard. I think they are focused and they know that the conference meet is only a little ways away."

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won all three events she entered to lead the way for the women's squad. Her 400-yard medley relay team finished over seven seconds ahead of their nearest competition. Brick then went on to win the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.80, followed by four fellow Seminoles which were led by junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine), and freshman Stevi Steinhauer (Pensacola, Fla.). Brick's final victory came in the 100-yard breaststroke as she touched the wall ahead of sophomores Kylen Huntwork (Apex, N.C.) and Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.V.) with a winning time of 1:02.88.

The men's team was paced by senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands). Kennon began the day by swimming anchor on the triumphant 400-yard medley relay. He followed that by winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.20. Kennon's finale to the day was swimming second on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Powell's fast opening leg in the 400-yard medley relay put his team in the lead after the first leg, but his team would finish in second place to fellow Seminoles Kennon, Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.), Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.), and Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa). Powell's first victory came in the 100-yard butterfly as he touched the wall in 50.12 seconds. His second victory was a thriller as he beat Botha in the 100-yard backstroke by 0.26 seconds.

Freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won both of the diving events during the women's meet. Monden's top score in the one meter of 264.60 nabbed the "B" qualifying mark for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. In the three-meter diving, she took top billing with a score of 264.00, which was just shy of another qualifying mark.

"We have another great competition next weekend, and we have Auburn and Indian River on the horizon," Harper noted. "They realize that they have to start performing well, competing well, and getting used to racing fast in order to be competitive at the ACC meet. I think it was a good test, I think we did well and the team supported each other and it was a good performance."

The next event for the Seminoles' is a split-squad trip to LSU on January 12th at 10:00 a.m. The men's team and part of the women's team will travel to Harper's alma mater to take on the LSU Tigers, who are ranked 25th in the men's poll, but unranked in the women's poll. The other part of the women's team will be in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Morning News Classic, hosted by Southern Methodist University. The meet will be held on January 12th and 13th with events beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The next home meet will be a January 26th meet against Indian River Community College. The meet will start at 4:00 p.m. The next day is Senior Day as the Seminoles play host the Auburn Tigers who are ranked third in both the men's and women's collegeswimming.com polls. The Auburn meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. All home meets are held at the Bobby E. Leach Center and admission is free.


LOUISIANA STATE 154, FLORIDA STATE 146
01/12/2007, BATON ROUGE, LA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Splits With Tigers.

The women's swimming and diving team won 180-120, but the men's team fell to LSU 146-154.

BATON ROUGE, LA - Florida State's No.7 ranked women's swimming and diving team continued their undefeated 8-0 season by defeating unranked Louisiana State 180-120. Neil Harper's homecoming to his alma mater LSU was not as sweet as he had hoped for as the No. 11 ranked Seminole men's team lost to No. 25 Louisiana State in the morning meet 146-154. Immediately following the meet, nine student-athletes departed from Baton Rouge to travel to Dallas, Texas for the Dallas Morning News Classic which begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. CST.

The women's team was paced by 2006 ACC Rookie of the Year sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.). Raleigh won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle events with NCAA "B" cut times of 23.14 and 50.32, respectively. The 200-yard medley relay, comprised of Raleigh, ACC performer of the week senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) took the victory in an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:42.82. Brick also took a victory in the 100 Breaststroke with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.81.

"We were kind of wondering how the meet would go with LSU winning two of the first three events," said Head Coach Neil Harper about the women's meet. "We had a few people step up, the breaststrokers were strong. Lauren Brick was feeling a little under the weather, but still managed to get a key win in the 100 breaststroke."

Freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) notched her fifth win of the season in the 200-yard butterfly by finishing in a time of 2:03.38. Coming in with a time of 2:02.46, senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) backed her way into a victory in the 200-yard backstroke Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) touched the wall in 2:18.74 to take the victory in the 200-yard breaststroke, she later would finish the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:06.13 to complete a two victory day. Sparg doubled her victories as well, when she took the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.51.

"Collectively they stayed strong and had some wins which is very important," added Coach Harper. "About two thirds of the way through the meet we knew that we had the meet in hand."

The final event win of the day for the Seminoles' came from freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) who led two other Seminoles to a win-place-show trifecta in a time of 4:57.03. Guyler was followed by sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) and junior Linsday Kenney (Plano, Texas) who touched the wall in times of 4:57.73 and 5:03.32, respectively.

The men's team was led by a pair of freshmen who both took a duo of event wins. ACC Performer of the Week, Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) picked up where he left off last week by winning both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. His scores of 344.92 and 327.97 were both above the NCAA Zone qualifying standards.

"We're just at that phase in our training where we're training very hard and our kids are very fatigued," commented Coach Harper after the men's loss. "It's really a tough test this time of the year to come on the road, and we knew that coming in. They had four really good guys that won eight events between them. But when they would step up and win, our guys would get second, third and fourth. We had some kids keep us in the meet. The divers went one, two, three in the last event (three-meter diving)."

Freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.) played the second half of the men's dynamic duo as he won both breaststroke events. Scott's time of 57.18 gave him first place in the 100-yard breaststroke followed by senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) who clocked in for second place at 52.88. In the 200-yard breaststroke Thacker again took the win with a time of 2:04.78.

"Realistically we would claw back and they would chip ahead again," added Coach Harper. "Hats off to their guys, they had their top four guys, and we had our depth, but we couldn't find an individual answer for those guys."

Eight swimmers and one diver from the men's team will compete on Friday and Saturday night at the Dallas Morning News Classic in Dallas, Texas. The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST each evening, with live stats available at www.smumustangs.cstv.com.

The next competition for the Seminoles is a January 26th home encounter with Indian River Community College. The Friday meet takes place at 4:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center, and is a prelude to the January 27th meet with the third ranked Auburn Tigers. The Auburn match-up takes place at 11:00 a.m. in the Bobby E. Leach Center. Admission to both meets is free.


DALLAS MORING NEWS CLASSIC
01/13/2007, January 12-13, 2007, Dallas, Tx

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Fourth Place After Day One of the Dallas Morning News Classic.

The men's team scored 118 points in day one of the two day event.

January 12, 2007

DALLAS, TX - Florida State's men's swimming and diving team finished a day that took nine of the athletes to two competitions staged over 400 miles apart late on Friday, January 12th. After narrowly falling to Louisiana State 146-154 in the morning, the nine-athlete contingent jumped on a flight for Dallas, they swam in the opening day of the Dallas Morning News Classic a mere seven hours after finishing the LSU meet. The Classic is taking place at the Perkins Natatorium on the campus of SMU.

"These three teams are really prepared, they were in their fast suits," commented Head Coach Neil Harper. We look like we have just came back from a three-week training camp, and we've been on the road for a couple days, and we swam a dual meet this morning which is exactly what we have done. They look like they have come here prepared; this is all that counts for them. It will be a long weekend, but we are trying to keep our spirits high and try to race as good as we can."

In the opening event of the day, the 400-yard medley relay team of junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.), senior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) and junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished in fourth place in a time of 3:29.29. Event two was the 400-yard individual medley, in which senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) stepped up to record a time of 4:02.54, landing him in fourth place for the event.

In the 200 freestyle, Denton represented the Seminoles with a fourth place time of 1:43.1 The next event was the 50 meter freestyle, where senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) logged a time of 21.16, placing him as fourth quickest. The lone diving event of the night was the one-meter springboard. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) gave the Seminoles their best result of the night with a six dive total of 307.75 placing him second. With the score, Frebel surpasses the NCAA Zone qualifying standard for the fourth time this season.

The sixth event of the night was the 100-yard butterfly, in which Kennon touched the wall with a time of 51.80. The 100-yard backstroke was swam by Botha who clocked in with a time of 51.35, relegating him to fourth on the chart. The final individual event of the evening was the 100-yard breaststroke, where Thacker checked in with a fourth place time of 57.83. The 800-yard freestyle event was the final event of the evening. The team of junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.), Kennon, Roof and Denton finished in 6:52.08, placing them fourth.

"From the opposition, we're going to get much of the same stuff," added Harper, "three teams that are prepared and have made this a priority for them to swim fast in their fast suits and they look sharp. We just need to get a good nights rest and see how we do in just one meet tomorrow and give them some races."

The 25th annual Dallas Morning News Classic concludes on Saturday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m. CST. Live results can be found by going to www.smumustangs.cstv.com.


Seminole Swimming and Diving Withdraws From Dallas Morning News Classic Due to Impending Weather Conditions.

The winter storm that is currently affecting the plains region has altered travel plans for the Seminoles.

January 13, 2007

DALLAS, TX - The Florida State men's swimming and diving team was slated to return to Tallahassee on Sunday morning, however conditions in Dallas are expected to deteriorate through the night, prompting the cancellation of Seminoles' flight. After consulting with Southern Methodist University Head Coach Neil Harper decided to withdraw the team from the event and drive south to Houston, where only rain is expected, to take a Sunday morning flight back to Tallahassee.


FLORIDA STATE 132, INDIAN RIVER CC 106
01/26/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Bests Indian River Community College.

The Seminoles defeated the Pioneers in prelude to the Auburn match on Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State swimming and diving team upended the Pioneers from Indian River Community College 153-80 in women's competition and 132-106 in the men's competition. With the win, the seventh ranked women's team preserves their spotless 9-0 record. The victory for the 15th ranked men's team improves their record to 5-1 on the season.

The women's team was paced by sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) who won her first events of the season with the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley victories, with times of 1:52.29 and 4:25.93 respectively. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) turned in a fast time of 51.71 to win the 100 freestyle that impressed many.

"Abbie King's 50 free really stood out for me," commented head coach Neil Harper. "I thought that was a real good swim. That's been an event that she's been struggling with for the past couple years, she has really had the identity of a 50 (yard freestyle) swimmer. That really stood out to me because that was a really fast swim for her."

Junior distance swimmer Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) delivered two victories in the 500 and 1,000 Freestyle events. He touched the wall in times of 4:32.11 and 9:00.22. Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won both the one and three meter diving events with six dive NCAA Zone standard totals of 342.22, and 380.33. Senior Alex Kennon (Orlando, Fla.) took a victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:39.82, he then went on to take second place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.39.

Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) joined the ranks of the dual victors by winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.01 and the 100-yard breaststroke in a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.60. Sophomore sensation Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) took top pegging in the 100 butterfly and was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay with times of 54.57 and 3:30.59.

"I just told the team," added coach Harper, "that when they were youngsters growing up in swimming that they dreamed of big meets. You dream of the Olympics, you dream of the NCAA's, you dream of the conference meets and junior nationals. A lot of kids when they think about going to college, they dream about being in a dual meet with the defending men's and women's national champions. I told them that tomorrow is a gift that you don't get to swim the defending national champions that often. We need to be prepared, be ready and give it our best tomorrow."

The Seminoles will return to the water a mere 17 hours after the Indian River victory with a dual meet against the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. The Tigers are ranked second in the women's poll and third in the men's poll recently released by collegeswimming.com. The meet begins on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the meet, the seniors will be recognized for their contributions. The meet will be held at the Bobby E. Leach center and admission is free.


AUBURN 133, FLORIDA STATE 108
01/27/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Falls to Auburn.

The women's team falls from the ranks of the unbeaten with the 129-112 loss, while the men's team loses 133-108.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Seventeen hours after defeating Indian River Community College on Friday afternoon, Florida State returned to the Bobby E. Leach center to face the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. The 15th ranked men's team fell by a 133-108 margin to the third ranked Tigers, while the seventh ranked women's team lost 129-112 to the number two ranked Auburn squad.

The top swimmer for the men's team was junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) who swept both distance events. He also won the 200-yard freestyle. Young began the day by winning the 1650-yard freestyle with a NCAA "B" cut time of 15:28.67. He came back a mere three minutes later to claim the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.45.

"That was just an iron man performance," commented Head Coach Neil Harper. "To swim the mile, and win it and then get out, then about three minutes later and win the 200 freestyle. I think most of our coaches and the team looked at that with disbelief. It was a really impressive double. Then to come back and win the 500 freestyle. I think that is really a credit to him, his work ethic and he should be excited about the rest of his season.

Young's third victory came in the 500 freestyle where he clocked in with another NCAA "B" cut time of 4:29.10.

Top honors on the women's side came for sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.). Raleigh won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events in NCAA "B" cut times of 22.83 and 50.27, respectively. Raleigh's presence was also felt as she swam the lead off leg on the 200-yard medley relay team that won with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:41.49. The 200-yard medley relay team was rounded out by senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa), and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine).

Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) notched another NCAA Zone qualifying mark in the one-meter diving event. His six-dive total of 378.83 was enough to take the victory. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) took top pegging in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:48.69.

Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) celebrated senior day with a victory in the 200-yard backstroke. Her NCAA "B" cut time 2:00.18 was her first of 2007. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) swam her third NCAA "B" cut time of the season in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.34. Freshman diver Katie Sirounis (Inner Harbor Beach, Fla.) completed her first sweep of the season by winning both the one and three meter diving events. Her score of 254.93 in the one meter only missed zone qualifying standards by seven hundereths of a point, while her three-meter score of 270.53 provisionally qualified her for NCAA Zone championships.

"I was really excited about our kids," added Harper. "We went against the defending national champions from last year and our kids didn't back down. We won quite a few races and we were competitive. Where we are in our season, we're in heavy training. I was excited the way our kids fought for every race and fought for every place. They stayed positive and really gave all for the battle today."

The Seminoles will now prepare for the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. The women's meet begins on February 14th and ends the 17th. The men will compete from February 21st through the 24th. The ACC Diving Championships for the men's and women's teams will be held February 14th through the 17th in Durham, N.C.


ACC CHAMPIONSHIP, 1st place
02/24/2007, February 21-24, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Swimming and Diving Tied For First Place After Day One of Men's ACC Championships.

The Seminoles take gold in the 200-yard medley relay, and silver in the 800-yard freestyle.

Feb. 21, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Florida State men's swimming and diving team is in first place after two events at the 2007 ACC Championships. Eight seminoles swam in the night session that netted the team a school record, a UNC pool record, All-ACC honors and an ACC Championship.

The first event of the night was the 800-yard freestyle relay. Florida State took second place All-ACC honors with a NCAA "B" cut time and school record time of 6:29.30. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) swam the leadoff leg. He was followed by senior Alex Kennon, (Winter Haven, Fla.) junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and senior Steve Roof. (Canton, Ohio).

The evening concluded with the 200-yard medley relay. The Seminoles took the gold medal with an NCAA "B" cut time and UNC pool record time of 1:27.71. The relay team consisted of junior Ian Powell, (Guernsey, Channel Islands) junior Billy Jamerson (Savanah, Ga.) freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) and junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa).

"Can't really complain about the day," commented Head Coach Neil Harper. "I'm just excited for the guys, they have been patient all year long. They really got behind each other, great atmosphere and great support. The eight guys that swam today just did us proud and we're right where we want to be."

Preliminary heats on day two begin at 11:00 a.m. with the 500-yard freestyle, which will be followed by the 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Day two finals begin at 7:00 p.m. Finals can be seen live on the ACC Select internet video steaming service. Log onto www.accselect.com for more details.


Seminoles Send Six Swimmers to Finals at Day Two of Men's ACC Swimming Championships.

Florida State is tied for first place with Virginia after two events.

Feb. 22, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Thursday's night session will be a battle as teams try to position themselves in the first full day of competition. Nine Seminoles will swim in the session with the opportunity to score points towards the team score. After the first night of competition, Virginia and Florida State are tied for first place with 74 points.

In the 500-yard freestyle, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) checked in with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:21.95 to get the two seed in the final. Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) earned the fifth seed in the final with a NCAA "B" cut time of 4:23.80. Freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) turned in a 16th place performance with a time of 4:29.79. He will swim the consolation final.

In the 200-yard individual medley, junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) will be the the lone Seminole representative in the final as he claims the fifth seed in a time of 1:49.76. freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) earned the 14th seed with a time of 1:50.86, while senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) checked in for the 16th seed in a time of 1:51.05. Padgett and Erben will swim the consolation final. Freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) put himself in the bonus consolation final with the 18th place time of 1:51.14.

In the 50-yard freestyle, senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) claimed the second seed with a NCAA "B" cut time of 20.00. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) touched the wall in an NCAA "B" cut time of 20.05. Botha will be the third seed in the final. Finally, sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) took the seventh seed with a time of 20.41. All three Seminoles will compete in the championship final.

Day two finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. The 500-yard freestyle will kick off the eventing. It will be followed by the 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay. If you can't make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service. Log onto www.accselect.com for more details.


Florida State in First Place After Day Two of Men's ACC Swimming Championships.

Seminoles claim two gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in the evening session.

Feb. 22, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - It was a thrilling night as Florida State vaulted eight time defending ACC Champion Virginia for the team points lead. The Seminoles currently hold a 52.5 point lead with a total of 257 points after seven events. Florida State claimed a medal in every event of the evening session.

In the opening event of the night, the 500-yard freestyle, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) claimed the gold medal with an NCAA "B" cut and new school record time of 4:19.16. Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) claimed third place and All-ACC honors with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:20.79. Roof also bested the school record that he set in 2006. Freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) captured 13th place with a time of 4:28.24.

"The team knew that was a possibility," said Head Coach Neil Harper. "Kyle and Steve have been swimming great all year and training real hard. The team just got really fired up for them, and they fed off that. I think those guys are confident and what a great one-three punch that was. It was a great momentum shift, very uplifting for the team."

Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) captured the gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA "B"cut time of 19.84. The ACC Championship is the first individual title for Kennon. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) finished in fourth position with an NCAA "B" cut time of 20.15. Sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) touched the wall in seventh place in a time of 20.47.

"Unfortunately, he (Kennon) had to wait this long for his first gold medal," added Harper. "For him to go 19.8 and win an ACC individual title in the 50 after where he has come from was awesome. He's just a first class guy, couldn't happen to a nicer guy and a great team captain. He led by example. Great performance and another boost for our team."

In the 200-yard individual medley, junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) claimed the bronze medal and All-ACC honors with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:48.56. Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) touched the wall for 12th place in a time of 1:50.84. Senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) took 15th place with a time of 1:51.98.

Swimming the 200-yard freestyle relay was Hollway, Denton, Kennon and Botha. The team claimed second place honors in a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:19.14. The Seminoles fell to first place Virginia Tech by one-hundredth of a second.

Also factoring into tonight's point total was the one-meter diving event which was held last weekend as a part of the ACC Women's Swimming Championships. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) finished fifth and sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished seventh. Also scoring points was freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) who claimed ninth place and sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) who finished in 12th.

"Tomorrow, we have to compete even better than we did this morning," said coach Harper. "I think we did a good job of putting people in a position to do well at night, but we've got to have a good morning tomorrow. We enjoyed some success today and I think we swam well. We have some people that haven't swam yet that are excited to show up tomorrow. This team needs to ride the high and wake up ready to swim tomorrow. If we do that we'll give ourselves the opportunity to swim well tomorrow."

Day three of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select. Log onto www.accselect.com for more information.


Seminoles Send Nine Swimmers to Finals at Day Three of Men's ACC Swimming Championships.

Florida State is in first place after two days.

Feb. 23, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - In Friday's night session, the Seminoles look to defend their 52 point lead over Virginia. Sixteen Seminoles will swim the night session with 13 swimming in points awarding events. Florida State will also swim as the two seed in tonight's 400-yard medley relay.

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) claimed the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.48. Junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) will swim the final as he squeezed into the eighth seed with a time of 49.55. Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) claimed the 12th seed in the consolation final with a time of 50.01.

Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) claimed the second seed in the 100-yard breaststroke final with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.42. Freshman Scott Thacker(Lynchburg, Fla.) will swim the final from the fourth seed with a preliminary time of 55.58. Senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) will be the Seminoles third representative in the final with his time of 55.67 that claims the fifth seed. Freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) will swim the consolation final in the 11th seed with a time of 56.65.

In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) will swim the championship final as he is the fifth seed after turning in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:37.74. Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) touched the wall in a time of 1:38.08 to claim the seventh seed in the final. Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) will swim out of the 12th seed in the consolation final with a time of 1:39.36.

In the 400-yard individual medley, senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) claimed the sixth seed and a trip to the finals with a time of 3:55.08. Freshman Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) qualified for the bonus consolation final in the 20th seed with a time of 4:02.84. Freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) will join Erickson in the bonus consolation final as he claims the 22nd seed in a time of 4:05.87.

Powell touched the wall in 48.88 to take the seventh seed in the 100-yard butterfly final; it is the first of the two finals he will swim in the eventing session. Junior Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) qualified 15th and will swim in the consolation final after turning in a time of 49.37. Senior Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.) claimed the 25th seed in a time of 50.16. He is the first alternate for the bonus consolation final.

Day three finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. The 400-yard individual medley will begin the evening which will be followed by the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke. The session will conclude with the 400-yard medley relay. If you can't make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service. Log onto www.accselect.com for more details.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Leads After Three Days Of 2007 Men's ACC Championships.

The Seminoles hold a 87.5 point margin over eight-time defending champion Virginia through fourteen events.

Feb. 23, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - On the third day of the 2007 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, Florida State widened their margin over defending champion Virginia. Florida State scored 243 points on the day to lift their meet total to 500 points. In the evening session, Seminole swimmers won two events and claimed a silver and bronze medal.

The last individual event of the evening was the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) took the gold medal in an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.26. Junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) finished eighth with a time of 49.77. Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) took tenth place points with his second place finish in the consolation final. Padgett swam a time of 49.30.

"He's (Botha) been strong all year," said Head Coach Neil Harper. "He really pushed it tonight to see what he could so. He used a little too much leg going out, but fortunately got ahead enough that he could bring it home. I'm really proud of him for winning that race. He's a great team leader, and there is more where that comes from."

For the second night in a row, Seminoles claimed multiple medals in the same event. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) took the silver medal in the 200-yard freestyle with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:37.05. Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) also claimed All-ACC honors as he took the bronze medal in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:37.42. Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) won the consolation final to take ninth place points with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:37.85.

"That was just such an inspirational swim for us," added Coach Harper. "Those guys were out in lanes one and two. They are supposed to get fifth and seventh from there. For Alex to take it out fast like that, it just showed his experience, he showed his seniority. He was a great captain leading the way. It showed that he was a man and he was going to lay it on the line. That worked in Kyle's favor too because Alex took him out and Kyle kept him at bay. And Kyle just touched him out. To get two and three in that event was phenomenal. It was a great boost for out team.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, four Seminoles scored points led by junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) who claimed the silver medal All-ACC honors with an NCAA "B" cut time of 53.98. Senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) earned sixth place with a time of 55.57. Freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.) finished in seventh place in a time of 55.67. Freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) swam to a seventh place finish in the consolation final to secure 15th place points in a time of 56.69.

The final event of the evening was the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Botha, Jamerson, Kennon and Denton took the gold medal in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:14.25. Virginia touched the wall 25 hundredths of a second behind the Seminoles, but would later be disqualified for an improper relay exchange.

"We kind of mixed up the order by leading off with Jarryd," said Coach Harper. "Billy had a great split. We rolled the dice with Alex. He's a great butterflyer, but he only gets to swim the 100-fly once or twice a year. He did a great job to keep us in contention enough for Ed to anchor it. A phenomenal anchor leg by Ed. It really capped off a great day, and for them to be ACC Champions and All-ACC was a credit to them."

Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) took fourth place in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 3:53.16. The freshman duo of Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) took 19th and 21st place respectively in times of 4:01.52 and 4:02.83.

The Seminoles scored twice in the 100-yard butterfly. Powell took seventh place with a time of 49.80. The swim was Ian's first of two swims in the night session. Junior Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) took eighth place honors in the consolation final to earn 16th place points with a time of 49.65. Senior Mark Nichols (Charlotte, N.C.) claimed 17th place with a win in the bonus consolation final. He swam a time of 49.31. Sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) gained last-minute entry into the event with a series of scratches. He swam a time of 51.11 to earn 24th place honors.

Included in tonight's point total is the 3-meter diving event which was contested last weekend. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won his first All-ACC honor by scoring 398.90 points in a runner up performance on the three meter board. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) matched his 2006 performance in the event with a fourth place finish. Tilbrook's score of 363.10 is his highest total of the season. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed seventh in the final with 342.68 points. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored 303.65 points in the preliminary round to nab him the 12th place. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed 15th with 270.80 points, it is the highest finish for Jones in his career at he ACC Championships.

"I think that Virginia out-swam us this morning as a team," said Coach Harper. "But, our guys made the most of every swim we had in the night session. Every guy that had a swim stepped forward and gave it his all. Everyone that didn't have a swim was up front and cheering, believing in their team. It was another great team effort. These are the things that memories are made of. Now they realize that they have to put it together in the morning. We have to get a great performance in the morning session. We've got to bring it tomorrow morning if we're going to have any chance of winning this meet."

The final day of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. The first early heats of the 1650-yard Freestyle will start at 5:00, with the final heat leading off the night session. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select. For more information log onto www.accselect.com.


Florida State Earns Eleven Swims in the Final Session of the 2007 Men's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Fourteen Seminoles will take part in the final night of competition.

Feb. 24, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The 15th ranked Florida State men's swimming and diving team will swim for their first ACC Championship tonight. The Seminoles hold a 87.5 point lead over eight-time defending champion Virginia. Tonight's push will be for Florida State's first men's ACC swimming and diving championship.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) claimed the second seed with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:45.93. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) will swim from the fourth seed as he turned in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:46.66.

Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) will swim as the top seed in the 100-yard freestyle. He swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 44.03. Senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) is locked into the fourth seed with an NCAA "B" cut time of 44.52. Sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) will swim the bonus consolation final as he turned in the 17th quickest time of 45.48.

In the 200-yard breststroke, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) claimed the third seed with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:00.73. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) will swim from the fifth seed with his qualifying time of 2:01.34. Freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.) also made the final, taking the seventh seed with a time of 2:02.04.

Junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) checked in with a time of 1:48.71 to claim the seventh seed in the final. Senior Mark Nichols (Charlotte, N.C.) will swim for points tonight as he is the 13th seed in the consolation final, after swimming a time of 1:49.97 Junior Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) swam a time of 1:51.00 to claim the 18th seed in the bonus consolation final.

Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) is the top seed in the 1650-yard freestyle. He will swim from lane four in the fifth heat which will kick off the evening's final session. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) is seeded fourth in the event, placing him in lane six. Freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) is the Seminole's third entry into the fifth heat. He will swim from lane eight. Freshman Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) will swim the fourth and final "early" heat, which will begin around 5:45 p.m.

Day four finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. Finals will be held in the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly events. The final event of the meet will be the 400-yard freestyle relay. If you can't make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service. For more information, log onto www.accselect.com.


Florida State Swimming and Diving Win's 2007 Men's ACC Championship.

Young claims meet MVP honors.

Feb. 24, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The 15th ranked Florida State men's swimming and diving team claimed their first ACC title in school history. On the final day, the Seminoles scored 214 points to increase their total to 714 points. The total is the highest score ever for a Florida State men's team in the ACC Championships. The Seminoles defeated eight-time defending champion Virginia by 97.5 points. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) claimed the meet's MVP honors with wins in the 500 and 1650-yard freestyle events.

"Unbelievable," said head Coach Neil Harper, "it's been a goal of ours every year to win this championship. We've been close several times, but for us to just put things together was just an amazing feat. Not enough credit will go to our five divers from last week, unfortunately because of the format, they weren't here to enjoy this with us. We certainly couldn't have gone into battle without their boost that they provided. It just kept our guys going knowing that the divers were there to come through for us."

In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) claimed the gold medal with an NCAA "A" cut time of 15:02.36. The gold is Young's second of the meet. He also won the 500-yard freestyle on day two of his MVP meet. Freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) finished in fifth place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 15:13.11. Senior captain Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) touched the wall in an NCAA "B" cut time of 15:14.30. Freshman Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) claimed 16th place with a time of 15:48.73.

"We certainly had a few candidates for swimmer of the meet," said coach Harper. "Kyle just stepped out because this conference is always strong in distance events. For Kyle to come from where he has come from in such a short period of time is amazing. He wasn't very highly recruited out of high school, and he took a chance on Florida State, and we took a chance on him. He is just an animal, he's trained very hard and worked under Steve Roof. I'm just glad that he's put a couple of great meets together."

Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) improved on his 2006 bronze medal performance in the 100-yard freestyle to take the gold medal. He took top honors with an NCAA "B" cut time of 44.09. It is Denton's first career individual ACC title. Senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) claimed fourth place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 44.09. Sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.)won the bonus consolation final to claim 17th place with a time of 45.52.

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) completed the backstroke sweep, and defended his 2006 title by taking the 200-yard backstroke gold medal in a time of 1:45.44. Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) touched the wall for fourth place in a time of 1:46.05.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) led the trio of Seminoles by taking the bronze medal. His time of 1:59.10 is an NCAA "B" cut time. Senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) took fourth place with a time of 1:59.24. Freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.) claimed the eighth place with a time of 2:04.25.

In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) claimed sixth place with a time of 1:48.37. Senior captain Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.) finished in tenth overall with a second place finish in the consolation final. He swam a time of 1:49.37. Junior Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) took 27th place with a time of 1:53.16 in the bonus consolation final.

The final event of the night was the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Denton, Holway, Botha and Kennon took the silver medal in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:56.89.

"I couldn't have asked for a better four swimming seniors and Derek (Jones) in diving, added coach Harper about the senior class. "They have been here, and they have been a part of three years in a row of second place finishes. That's hard to swallow when you've given everything you had and not knowing if it's going to pay off with a team championship. It couldn't happen to a better five guys from all different walks of life."

The next meet for the Florida State men's team is the NCAA National Meet. It is being held March 15 through 18 in Minneapolis, Minn. The University of Minnesota is the host for the event. The women's meet will take place one week earlier, March 8 through 10. For complete coverage of the national meet and a wrap-up on the ACC meet, stay tuned to www.seminoles.com.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP, 17th place
03/17/2007, March 15-17, 2007, Minneapolis, Mn

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State's Horner Captures National Championship In One-Meter Diving.

The freshman earns his first national championship in his first event at nationals.

March 15, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - With freshman playing a larger role in collegiate athletes more than ever, it's only fitting that Florida State's first diving champion in 36 years came from a rookie competing in his first NCAA Championships. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) captured the top spot on the one-meter board in the finals of day one of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Horner captured the title by posting his best score of the season, a new school record mark of 399.35, besting the competition by 4.3 points. In his second dive of the finals, all seven judges gave Horner a score of 9.0 on the ten point scale. In his final dive that clinched the championship Horner received the same score from four of the judges.

"It's just unbelievable for him and the program," said Head Coach Neil Harper. "Terry really hit it off with our diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. I'm really glad that he came in here and showcased what he has learned here at Florida State. I know the entire Florida State athletic department is proud of him today."

After one day of competition, Florida State is in 13th place having earned 27 points. The Seminoles are the leading team from the ACC after the opening day. Defending champion Auburn is in first place after six events with a score of 187.

Horner is the first Seminole to win a National Championship in diving since Olympic gold medalist Phil Boggs won the one-meter event in 1971. Ten years earlier, Curt Genders won the first swimming and diving National Championship for Florida State by taking the 1961 one-meter championship. Horner also becomes only the fifth male Seminole to win a National Championship in the NCAA waters.

The win championship ends the eight year drought since Brandon Dedekind won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1999. It is also the first National Championship under head coach Harper. On day two, Horner will try to join Dedekind as the only two-time National Champion in school history. Along with the title of National Champion, Horner earned All-American honors with the finish in the top-eight. He is the first male All-American diver since Luis Gagnet earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2003 on the three-meter board.

"I'm really proud of him," said FSU diving coach Jeffrey. "He's worked very hard for this. It's been a long uphill climb, but we got there, and there are only better things to come. He's got a big event in front of him tomorrow, so he's ready to put this one behind him and move on."

Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) earned his first individual Honorable Mention All-American honor by placing 10th in the 500-yard freestyle. The ACC Championship MVP set a new school record in the event with a time of 4:19.15 to finish second in the B Final. In the morning session, Young finished 14th with a time of 4:19.69.

"This guy just continues to produce," said Harper. "We thought he was tapped out at the ACC meet, he got back to training and earned a second swim this morning, doing well to get into the consolation final. Between him and Terry, they really put FSU on the board early."

In the 500-yard freestyle prelim, senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) claimed 20th place with a time of 4:20.60. Senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished in 44th place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.35.

The second day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving National Championships will begin Friday with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m CDT. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 800-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle (Young), 100-yard breaststroke (Billy Jamerson) and three-meter diving (Horner) events.


Horner Earns All-American Honor In Day Two Of NCAA Men's Swimming And Diving Championships.

800 free relay team earns Honorable Mention All-American honors.

March 16, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - With two days in the book, the Florida State men's swimming and diving team is in position to earn its best finish in the last eight years at the NCAA Championships. With 14 events in the book, the Seminoles find themselves in 17th place with 42 points. FSU earned points in two events durring the second night of competition.

Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) was not able to repeat the success from the Thursday night, however he was able to earn his second All-American finish of the championship meet. Horner finished eighth with a score of 383.15 only seven hunderedths of a point out of seventh place. In the morning's trial round, Horner earned the fourth seed with a score of 377.05.

"Terry had another great day," said Head Coach Neil Harper. Take away a missed dive on his first dive of the finals and he's up there competing for the championship. One All-American and four Honorable Mention All-Americans is a great day."

Horner is the first Seminole to earn two All-American honors at the same meet since Brandon Dedekind claimed All-American honors in the 100-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle at the 1999 championship meet. Horner joins Curt Genders and Olympic gold medalist Phil Boggs as the only Seminoles to win the one-meter and go on to earn All-American honors in the three-meter at the same championships.

The 800-yard freestyle relay team consisting of junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.), senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.), junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and senior captain Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished in 15th with a time of 6:30.40. The team earns FSU's first relay honorable mention All-America finish since 2005 when the Seminole finished 16th in the 800 Free relay.

"I was really happy for the guys in the 800 free relay," said Harper. "That was a legitimate Honorable Mention All-American swim. It was a quick time and all the guys swam good splits. That was four big points to end the day."

Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships with a 35th place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Jameson touched the wall in a time of 54.73. He will swim in his other event, the 200-yard breaststroke in the final day of competition.

The third and final day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving National Championships will begin Friday with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m CDT. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 1650 free, (Roof, Young) 100-yard freestyle, (Kennon, Denton) 200-yard breaststroke (Jamerson) and 400-freestyle relay.


Young Earns All-American Honors At Final Day Of NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Florida State finishes 17th with 60 points.

March 17, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The 2007 Florida State swimming and diving season comes to an end with the most successful national meet in recent history. The Seminoles ended the meet in 17th place with 60 team points. The finish is the best finish under head coach Neil Harper. Florida State earned a National Championships, three All-American Honors and three Honorable Mention All-Americans.

"I'm extremely excited for this finish," said coach Harper. "It is our best showing in my eight years here. Coming into the meet there were a couple of swimmers and divers that we thought would make it but didn't. We really though that would hamper our chances, but the five swimmers and Terry did FSU proud."

Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) brought home the bacon in Florida State's final event by earning his first individual All-American honor of his career in the 1650-yard freestyle. Young finished seventh with a time of 14:57.21 to set a new school record time. His time at the 1000-yard mark of 9:01.42 also set a new school record. In all, Young laid claim to three school records at the NCAA Championships.

"For Kyle to swim the race he did was amazing," said coach Harper. "He went out very quick to set a new school record in the 1000 Free. Also the first FSU guy to go under 15 minutes in the mile was quite an accomplishment. Huge impact for our team, and it says a lot about Kyle."

Along with Young in the 1650 Free was senior captain Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) who earned Honorable Mention All-American honors with a 11th place finish in a time of 15:03.15. Roof cut over 11 seconds off his seed time from the ACC Championships. He finishes his career at Florida State by earning his second Honorable Mention All-American honor in as many years.

"Steve got the ball rolling for us today," said Harper. "It was a great swim for him to put himself in the top eight going into the final heat, so we knew he would earn points."

Senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) ended his career with a 45th place finish in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 44.41. Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished 36th in the 100 Free with a time of 44.14. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) checked in with a time of 2:02.76 in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn a 31st place finish, his best career finish in an individual event.

"Our seniors are two different guys that come from different parts of the country," said Harper. "Basically the one common thread these guys have is their hearts. They bleed garnet and gold and they have given everything to Florida State. They are great recruiters, team players and they have taken our program to a new level. They have both led by example and will be missed."

Florida State ends their season with three All-Americans, three Honorable Mention All-Americans and freshman National Champion Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) on the one-meter diving board. The Seminoles earned eight individual ACC titles along with the ACC team championship. The first place finish was the first in school history. Young earned the ACC Championship MVP award for his performance at the meet.

The team's annual awards recognition banquet will take place on Sunday, March 25. It will be held at the Varsity Club on the fourth floor of the Moore Athletic Center. Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Team Results                                                                                                                                                                                     
 1. Auburn                  566                                                                                                                                                                         
 2. Stanford                397                                                                                                                                                                         
 3. Arizona                 371                                                                                                                                                                         
 4. Florida                 321                                                                                                                                                                         
 5. Texas                   296                                                                                                                                                                         
 6. Northwestern            221                                                                                                                                                                         
 7. Michigan                207                                                                                                                                                                         
 8. California              176                                                                                                                                                                         
 9. Southern California     145                                                                                                                                                                         
10. Minnesota               131                                                                                                                                                                         
11. Tennessee               128                                                                                                                                                                         
12. Ohio State              105                                                                                                                                                                         
13. Georgia                  98                                                                                                                                                                         
14. Alabama                  91.5                                                                                                                                                                       
15. Indiana                  72                                                                                                                                                                         
16. Virginia                 60.5                                                                                                                                                                       
17. Florida State            60                                                                                                                                                                         
18. Southern Methodist       58                                                                                                                                                                         
19. Texas A&M                45                                                                                                                                                                         
20. Hawaii                   41                                                                                                                                                                         
    West Virginia            41                                                                                                                                                                         
22. Arizona State            36                                                                                                                                                                         
23. Miami                    35                                                                                                                                                                         
24. Purdue                   33                                                                                                                                                                         
25. Cal-Irvine               32                                                                                                                                                                         
26. Brigham Young            23                                                                                                                                                                         
27. North Carolina           16                                                                                                                                                                         
28. Louisiana State          15                                                                                                                                                                         
29. Wisconsin                14                                                                                                                                                                         
30. Yale                     13.5                                                                                                                                                                       
31. Pittsburgh               12                                                                                                                                                                         
    South Carolina           12                                                                                                                                                                         
33. Cal-Santa Barbara        11                                                                                                                                                                         
34. Harvard                   6                                                                                                                                                                         
35. Oakland                   3.5                                                                                                                                                                       
36. Louisville                3                                                                                                                                                                         
37. George Mason              2                                                                                                                                                                         
    Georgia Tech              2                                                                                                                                                                         
39. Kentucky                  1                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Individual Results                                                                                                                                                                               
Name                Event                      Place     Time       Points                                                                                                                              
Terry Horner        one-meter diving            1st      399.35       20                                                                                                                                
Kyle Young          1650-yard freestyle         7th      14:57.21     12                                                                                                                                
Terry Horner        three-meter diving          8th      383.15       11                                                                                                                                
Kyle Young          500-yard freestyle         10th      4:19.15       7                                                                                                                                
Steve Roof          1650-yard freestyle        11th      15:03.15      6                                                                                                                                
Kyle Young          800-yard freestyle relay   15th      6:30.40       4                                                                                                                                
Alex Kennon                                                                                                                                                                                             
Ed Denton                                                                                                                                                                                               
Steve Roof                                                                                                                                                                                              
Total                                                                 60                                                                                                                                

2007 EOY Stats

Jarryd Botha Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 50-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 100-Yard Backstroke 0.00 / / 200-Yard Backstroke 0.00 0.00 Ed Denton Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 200-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 200-Yard Individual Medley 0.00 0.00 Paul Erben Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 200-Yard Breaststroke 0.00 0.00 Billy Jamerson Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Breaststroke 0.00 0.00 Alex Kennon Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 50-Yard Freestyle 0.00 0.00 Ian Powell Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 100-Yard Backstroke 0.00 / / 200-Yard Backstroke 0.00 0.00 Steve Roof Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 500-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 1650-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 200-Yard Individual Medley 0.00 / / 400-Yard Individual Medley 0.00 0.00 Kyle Young Date Opponent Event Place Points ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== / / 200-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 500-Yard Freestyle 0.00 / / 1650-Yard Freestyle 0.00 0.00