February 25, 2006 - by
Eight FSU Swimmers Qualify for Championship Finals During Prelims on the Final Day of the ACC Championships

Feb. 25, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -The No. 16 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team concluded the final day of prelims by placing eight in championship finals and six in consolation finals. Today’s prelims included the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly.

Florida State got off to a fast start as they qualified three for the 200 back championship final. Sophomores Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa), Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) and Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Island) finished second (1:46.02), fourth (1:46.10) and eighth (1:48.42), respectively. Botha and Marais recorded NCAA “B” cut times.

The Seminoles continued to excel as they placed three more student-athletes into the 100 free championship final, all of which recorded NCAA “B” cut times. Senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) finished second in 44.05 and was followed by junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) in third (44.15) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) in fourth (44.15).

Junior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) qualified for the 200 breast championship final with an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:00.68 while classmate Mark Nichols (Charlotte, N.C.) qualified for the 200 fly championship final in 1:48.86.

Senior Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished 12th in the 200 back with a time of 1:49.44 to qualify for the consolation final while classmate Stehpan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) took tenth in the 100 free with a time of 44.90 to qualify for the consolation final.

Sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) finished ninth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:01.77 qualifying for the consolation final.

Three Seminoles qualified for the 200 fly consolation final. Sophomore Danny Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) finished 10th in 1:49.74, Powell placed 14th in 1:50.35 and sophomore Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) took 15th in 1:50.51.

Florida State has eight in championship finals and six in consolation finals while their next closest competitor, Virginia, has ten in championship finals and four in consolation finals.

FSU leads with 462 points and is followed by Virginia (456), North Carolina (351.5), Georgia Tech (294.5), NC State (271), Virginia Tech (247), Clemson (221.5), Maryland (159.5), Duke (82), Boston College (60) and Miami (37).

Finals for the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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