Feb. 22, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C. –
It was a thrilling night as Florida State vaulted eight time defending ACC Champion Virginia for the team points lead. The Seminoles currently hold a 52.5 point lead with a total of 257 points after seven events. Florida State claimed a medal in every event of the evening session.
In the opening event of the night, the 500-yard freestyle, junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) claimed the gold medal with an NCAA “B” cut and new school record time of 4:19.16. Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) claimed third place and All-ACC honors with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:20.79. Roof also bested the school record that he set in 2006. Freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) captured 13th place with a time of 4:28.24.
“The team knew that was a possibility,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “Kyle and Steve have been swimming great all year and training real hard. The team just got really fired up for them, and they fed off that. I think those guys are confident and what a great one-three punch that was. It was a great momentum shift, very uplifting for the team.”
Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) captured the gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA “B”cut time of 19.84. The ACC Championship is the first individual title for Kennon. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) finished in fourth position with an NCAA “B” cut time of 20.15. Sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) touched the wall in seventh place in a time of 20.47.
“Unfortunately, he (Kennon) had to wait this long for his first gold medal,” added Harper. “For him to go 19.8 and win an ACC individual title in the 50 after where he has come from was awesome. He’s just a first class guy, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and a great team captain. He led by example. Great performance and another boost for our team.”
In the 200-yard individual medley, junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) claimed the bronze medal and All-ACC honors with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:48.56. Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) touched the wall for 12th place in a time of 1:50.84. Senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) took 15th place with a time of 1:51.98
Swimming the 200-yard freestyle relay was Hollway, Denton, Kennon and Botha. The team claimed second place honors in a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:19.14. The Seminoles fell to first place Virginia Tech by one-hundredth of a second.
Also factoring into tonight’s point total was the one-meter diving event which was held last weekend as a part of the ACC Women’s Swimming Championships. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) finished fifth and sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished seventh. Also scoring points was freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) who claimed ninth place and sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) who finished in 12th.
“Tomorrow, we have to compete even better than we did this morning,” said coach Harper. “I think we did a good job of putting people in a position to do well at night, but we’ve got to have a good morning tomorrow. We enjoyed some success today and I think we swam well. We have some people that haven’t swam yet that are excited to show up tomorrow. This team needs to ride the high and wake up ready to swim tomorrow. If we do that we’ll give ourselves the opportunity to swim well tomorrow.” night.
Day three of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select. Log onto www.accselect.com for more information.