March 9, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The ACC team champion Florida State will look to post their best showing at nationals under head coach Neil Harper. The top showing came in 2003 with a 32nd place finish with nine points. The best points showing came last season with a 33rd place showing of 12 points. Five swimmers and one diver will represent the Seminoles at the NCAA Championships which kick off March 15 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Two-time ACC Champion and ACC Championship MVP junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) will swim four events at the meet. He will first swim the 500-yard freestyle where he claimed the 11th seed with a time of 4:19.16. In the200-yard freestyle, Young earned the 33rd seed with a time of 1:37.05. Young’s final individual event is the 1650-yard freestyle where he will swim from the eighth seed with a time of 15:02.36. He will also swim as a part of the 800-yard freestyle relay
Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio.) will join Young in the distance events. In the 500-yard freestyle, Roof earned the 16th seed with a time of 4:20.79 that he posted at the ACC Championships. Roof’s second individual event is the 1650-yard freestyle. Roof is the 23rd seed with a time of 15:14.30. Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) earned a bid in the 50-yard freestyle with the 27th seed time of 19.84. Kennon will also swim the 100-yard freestyle from the 61st seed time of 44.52. Both Roof and Kennon will swim as a part of the 800-yard freestyle relay team.
Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) will return to the NCAA Championships after missing the cut for the 2006 meet. Jamerson qualified for two events with quick times turned in at the ACC Championships. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Jamerson will swim as the 19th seed with a qualifying time of 53.98. He also made the cut in the 200-yard breaststroke with the 28th fastest time of 1:59.10. Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) will join Kennon in the 100-yard freestyle with the 30th best time of 43.75. Denton will also swim the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) earned a trip to the championships by winning both the one and three-meter diving events at the Zone “B” diving championships last weekend.
The 2007 Men’s NCAA Division 1 Championship meet kicks off March 15 and concludes on the 17th. The championships return to the University of Minnesota’s University Aquatic Center. It will be the fifth time that the facility has hosted the Championships in the 17 year history of the building. Competition begins each day at 11:00 am with preliminary heats and 7:00 for finals.