July 12, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seminoles head diving coach, Patrick Jeffrey is headed to Fukuoka, Japan for the World Aquatic Championships to be held from July 15th to July 30th. Coach Jeffrey is representing the United States as the head coach for the World Championship diving team. Head Coach Neil Harper and swimmer Wickus Nienaber are also making their way to Japan representing the country of Swaziland.
Jeffrey is making his first appearance at the World Championships. Jeffrey, who has been a diving coach for five years and at Florida State for two seasons, has enormous national and international coaching experience. He has served as the U.S. Olympic Team Coach at the Sydney Olympics, the USA Senior World Cup Team Coach in 1997 and 1999, and the Senior National Team Coach from 1997-00. His coaching has produced four individual Senior National Championships, three individual Junior National Championships and two Senior Men’s Team third place finishes.
During his first week in Japan, Jeffrey will be given his first opportunity to interact with the divers before heading into competition the second week. This will allow Jeffrey the opportunity to get to know the divers and to provide quality feedback during training.
“I am very excited,” said Jeffrey. “Anytime you get the chance to work with the top U.S. divers, is a great opportunity. Coaching on the world level will also be great for recruiting purposes at Florida State in the future.”
Coach Harper is making his first appearance as a coach at the World Championships. In the 1986 World Championships, he participated as a swimmer for Great Britain.
Nienaber, a sophomore at Florida State, is representing his home land of Swaziland and will be competing in the 50, 100, and 200 Breaststroke events. Nienaber is making his second World Championships appearance and will look to build off his performance in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finishing 47th in the 100 Breaststroke. Nienaber hopes to improve on his best times in each of the three events and to gain valuable experience by swimming against the worlds top swimmers.
“I feel great about the World Championships,” said Nienaber. “I hope to use the experience and skills I have learned while at Florida State to improve on my best times and to achieve superior performance.”