Nov. 15, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
by Jim Henry
Special to Seminoles.com
Devin Crock visited Florida State for the first time in February of 1999. Crock liked the campus, athletic facilities and swim team. He also enjoyed Florida’s gentle winter weather, figuring it had to be better than what awaited him back home in Virginia.
“I was really looking at (North Carolina), but I really didn’t get a good impression on my recruiting trip,” Crock remembered. “My coach back home told me that I needed to take a look at FSU, which had a very solid program. So a few weeks later I came down and was really impressed, from team unity to the campus.
“And I also figured it had to be better down here in February than Virginia in February.”
Crock, from Alexandria, Va., has been a key addition to the Seminoles. The 5-11, 175-pound junior was the ACC champion last year in the 100 butterfly, recording his fastest time of the season at 48.09. He’s also extremely versatile, contributing to the success of the freestyle and medley relay teams.
“Devin is our most accomplished returnee, winning the ACC title in the 100 fly and just missing making it to the NCAA meet,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “If he can improve as much as he did from the previous year, he could retain his title and prove to be an NCAA scorer.”
Crock was a national qualifier in high school in the 100 fly. He also competed in as many as six events per meet before shoulder soreness forced him to concentrate on fewer and shorter events. Training had consumed so much of his time that Crock made it a point to relax during the summer as a life guard in Cape Point, N.J., with his older brother.
“I would be a beach bum for the summer. It was fun,” Crock said.
Crock, who also enjoys reading and surfing, concentrates on his technique during practice sessions. On the day of a meet, an intense Crock likes to visualize his race.
“I usually go off and sit and go over my race, picture it in my head,” Crock said. “Sometimes I can get too worked up, where I will let a situation get into my head. I will spin out, trying to go too fast, and end up hurting myself. When I get on the blocks, I want to know exactly what I am going to do.
“My coach back home use to say that you should be able to swim your race blindfolded, knowing exactly how many strokes, how many kicks you needed. That way you can go out and swim the same exact race every week. You just have to be positive and believe in yourself.”
Crock certainly does, and he also likes the view from FSU.
The Devin Crock File: Butterfly/Backstroke/Freestyle 5-11, 175, Junior Alexandria, Va.
TIDBITS: 2001 ACC champion in the 100 butterfly, recording his fastest time of the season at 48.09. … Finished 12th in the 100 backstroke at the ACC championships. … Accumulated nine first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 butterfly against FAU, Southern Methodist, Miami, Georgia Tech, Arizona, N.C. State, Alabama and LSU. … Was a national qualifier as a senior in high school at Bishop O’Connell. … Had a personal best time of 49.70 in the 100 fly, 21.80 in the 50 free and 53.70 in the 100 backstroke. … Born Nov. 12, 1980. … Enjoys surfing and reading. … A political science major with a minor in history.