March 25, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. – Multiple Florida State swimmers earned Honorable Mention All-American honors on the final day of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The Seminoles finished in 33rd place with 12 points while Auburn won the national championship with 480.5 points.
“All in all for us to have seven swimmers here and for six of them to end up being All-Americans is something to be proud of,” said head coach Neil Harper. “It was a good way to finish the meet and the year.”
Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) was the first Seminole of the night to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors as he placed 15th in the 1650 free with a new school record of 15:04.42. This is the second time in Roof’s career that he has earned Honorable Mention All-American honors. The first was in 2005 as a part of the Seminoles’ 800 free relay that finished 16th.
“Steve (Roof) battle with the swimmer from Minnesota,” said Harper. “He went toe to toe and out touched him on the wall. It was a great swim for him and a new school record. Fifteenth in the country says a lot about what he has done and how hard he has worked.”
The Seminoles’ closed out the night on a great note as the 400 free relay team of seniors Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.), junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished 14th in 2:57.65 to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors.
“It was a great for Joel (Roycik) and Stephan (Connor) to finish their careers as Honorable Mention All-Americans,” said Harper. “The relay got six big points to take our total up to 12 and move us up a few spots in the rankings. For them to finish top 14 in the country is quite an accomplishment.”
Sophomore Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) also swam in the 1650 free and he posted a time of 15:14.51 to finish 24th.
Earlier in the day in the prelims, sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) finished 30th in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.02 while Roycik placed 44th in the 100 free with a time of 44.54.
FSU also earned Honorable Mention All-American honors on the first day of competition, March 23, as the 200 free relay team of Roycik, Kennon, Botha and Denton took 15th with a time of 1:20.08.