Oct. 16, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State junior Scott Baker (Lake Mary, Fla.) was named ACC Male Performer of the Week Tuesday, October 16 giving the Seminoles their first award of the season.
“We’re excited for Scott (Baker) and it’s just a testament to how fast he’s come in here and made a mark,” said head coach Neil Harper. “It’s a great reward for him, the team, and the entire program.”
The Seminole sprinter made his debut for the garnet and gold clinching nine individual victories and finishing runner-up three times at the Georgia Tech quad meet last Saturday. Florida State posted a 2-1 record, notching wins over Georgia Tech (166-134) and Alabama (190-80) with the Seminoles’ lone loss to Clemson (151-143). Baker swept the 100 freestyle events (45.48) and won two of the three races in the 50 free (20.55). He also anchored the winning 400 medley relay squad against all three opponents.
Baker joined the Seminoles from Indian River Community College where he helped his squad win two National Championships. In his first Division I meet, he proved that he has what it takes to compete with the best swimmers in the country.
“This is the ACC and it’s big time swimming,” said Harper. “Not only did Scott adjust well, he had some performances on the level of other ACC performers.”
The Seminoles are back in the pool on Friday at home against Florida A&M and Miami.