Feb. 24, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 16 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team remains in first after the third day of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. 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).
“It was just a great evening for us again,” said head coach Neil Harper. “The Seminoles came to take care of business tonight. I’m just excited and I’m real proud of our boys. We had a great morning but UVA out swam us, then tonight we probably went toe to toe with them. We out swam them in some events and they out swam us in others. This is probably the closest ACC meet in the last ten years. It is great for FSU and UVA. Our coaching staffs are good friends and this is the way we want it done. We want these boys to deicide the meet in the pool tomorrow.”
“As a coaching you always wish that you were further ahead or that it didn’t have to come to this. For FSU who has been a distance second the last couple of year and closed the gap last year. For us to be in a position where we are going toe to toe with the UVA team is exciting. We have a lot to cheer about and to be in this position is what any ACC team would love going into the last day of competition.”
In the 100 fly championship final, senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) took silver with an NCAA “A” cut time of 47.16 while classmate Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) finished fourth with an NCAA “B” cut time of 48.63.
Junior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) picked up the silver in the 100 breast championship final with an NCAA “B” cut time of 54.84 while sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) finished sixth with an NCAA “B” cut time of 55.60.
“Joel (Roycik) and Paul (Erben) did us so proud,” said Harper. “Those guys have been solid all year. They have been confident in what they are doing, have worked hard all year and step up when they needed to. Joel got an “A” cut so he is going to the nationals. Paul did a time that I think is going to be right up there in consideration for nationals.”
Florida State had three swimmers competing in the 200 free championship final and they all recorded NCAA “B” cut times. Sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) finished third in 1:37.17, junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) took fifth in 1:37.67 and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) placed seventh in 1:38.09.
Sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) finished fifth in the 100 back championship final in 49.25.
The Seminoles’ 400 medley relay of Roycik, Kennon, Jamerson and Botha was originally disqualified but upon review the ruling was over turned. The Seminoles finished second with an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:13.77.
“There was a thirty minute meet committee decision with the referee,” said Harper. “They met and talked about the procedure and how the system has been working and in some cases not working. They made a decision to reinstate the relay.”
In the 400 IM consolation final, the Seminoles made their presence known as junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) won the race with an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:53.89 while sophomore Danny Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) was right behind him taking second in 3:56.06.
Florida State earned valuable points in the 100 back consolation finals as Marais and senior Jered Hiene (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished third (49.44) and fourth (49.68), respectively.
Sophomore Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) finished eighth in the 100 fly consolation final in 49.85.
Sophomore Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) had an impressive swim in the 200 free bonus final as he won the event in 1:38.57.
The points from the 3M diving competition, which was held Feb. 16, were added in tonight.
FSU’s top finisher in the 3M was sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) who finished fourth with 347.85 points. Tilbrook was followed by freshmen Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) and Daniel Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who finished fifth (344.25) and sixth (342.65), respectively.
The final day of the ACC Championships will resume Saturday with preliminaries beginning held at 11:00 a.m. and finals starting at 7:00 p.m.