March 23, 2005
The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State Men’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center — Minneapolis, Minn.
March 24-26, All Day
#26 Men: (10-3, 4-0 ACC)
The Nuts & Bolts:
Four Seminoles Take Part In NCAA Championships
Concluding the 2004-05 season for the Florida State University swimming and diving team will be a four members of the men’s squad as they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The three-day meet commences Thursday (March 24) at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
FSU Quartet Makes Debut At National Summit
The four members of the Florida State contingency will be learning the ropes together as all four underclassmen are new to the NCAA Championships. Making up the FSU roster in Minnesota will be sophomores Thomas Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio), along with rookies Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.).
Representation Is Tribes’ Best Since 1999
With all the talented swimmers and divers that have been in the program, it’s hard to believe that the four swimmers making up this year’s contingency are the most FSU has had at the national meet since 1999. That year the Seminoles had seven swimmers at the meet with four individual All-Americans — including Brendon Dedekind, the NCAA Champion in the 100 breaststroke — to go along with four relays that earned All-America status.
Seminoles Seeking First All-America Swimmers In Six Years
Besides being the school’s last representation of more than four athletes, 1999 was also the last time FSU had an All-America swimmer. Since then, the only Seminole on the men’s side to earn that elite status was Louis Gagnet in 2003 on the three-meter diving.
Distance Swimmers Make History
Known more for its stroke and sprint swimmers, Florida State hasn’t had a men’s distance swimmer at the NCAA meet since Chip Haberstroh in 1997 and have never brought home a distance All-America award. That may change this year as FSU has three swimmers in both the 500 and 1,650 free in Thomas Bishop, Steve Roof and Kyle Young.
Bishop has the highest seeding of any Seminole at the meet, holding down the No. 14 spot in the 1,650 free, for which he holds the school record at 15:08.47. Young (15.16.42 – 28th) and Roof (15:16.48 – 29th) also got below Haberstroh’s mark with Young getting into the NCAA meet at the Auburn Invitational. Roof is tops in the 500 free at No. 41 (4:24.59), followed by Bishop (42nd – 4:25.01) and Young (47th – 4:26.71).
Jamerson Can Secure Freshman Of The Year Honors At NCAA Meet
The battle for the men’s ACC Freshman of the Year will come down to the performances of FSU’s Billy Jamerson and Pat Mellors from Virginia. Jamerson is seeded 15th in the 100 breaststroke and 22nd at the 200-yard distance, while Mellors is ninth in the 400 IM. Jamerson needs to cut a second off his time for the school record in the 100, but has a better chance at the 200 breast where he trails Wickus Nienaber’s mark of 1:58.30 by just 0.44. He would be FSU’s first breaststroke All-American since Brendon Dedekind won the event in 1999.