Aug. 9, 2005
SHEFFIELD, England –
Not to be outdone by their American teammates, Florida State University swimmers Ed Denton and Ian Powell had impressive swims this week at the British ASA Commonwealth Games Trials, August 4-9. The sophomore duo made the finals in a combined five events at the six-day competition held at the Ponds Forge.
“The guys have really come back to Britain and showed everyone just how much they have improved,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “They have both achieved numerous life time bests and reached the championship finals. The times they did would have got second swims at the US nationals last week.”
While he only had two swims in the finals, Denton (Maidenhead, England) had the best showing during the finals of the 100-meter freestyle on Tuesday. The All-ACC selection hit the wall in 50.99 to take sixth. The time would have earned him a spot in the “B” finals at the US Nationals and when converted to yards is faster than his personal-best from last year. Denton started the competition with a ninth-place time of 23.81 in the 50 free.
Taking part in four events was Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), with an appearance in the finals of all three backstroke races. His best finish came during the 50-meter backstroke where he tallied a seventh-place 27.38. He followed that by hitting the wall in ninth place at 2:07.33 during the 200-meter race while rounding out the competition in tenth at 58.91 in the 100 back. He took 12th in the semifinals of the 100 butterfly at 56.04.
All told, 13 current Florida State swimmers and one diver are competing at either national or international championships this summer. Ten swimmers were at the US National last week while junior school-record holder Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) is representing her home country at the World University Game in Izmir, Turkey, next week. Junior ACC Champion diver Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) is joining former Seminole All-American Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) at the 2005 Speedo National Diving Championships this week.