March 23, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State men’s 200 free relay of senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.), junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.), and sophomores Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) and
Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) earned Honorable Mention All-American honors for their 15th place finish on the first day of the NCAA National Championships, held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The Seminole team touched the wall in 1:20.08.
“Their relay pick ups tonight were a little tentative,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I think if we had gone for it we could have finished three or four places higher but it was important for us to get on the board and have safe pick ups. So if that means being a couple places lower than where we could have been then that is alright. If you have a slight miss judgment and go too earlier you’re the team who gets no points and gets disqualified. Now that we are on the board we can get after it and get back into our game plan. ”
“Having four guys earn Honorable Mention All-American is a good start for us,” said Harper. “We have two more days, three more relays and a lot of individual events left so we are looking forward too it.”
Florida State is currently in 29th place with four points. Auburn leads the overall team standing with 178.5 points.
“We are off to a good start and have already double our points from last year,” said Harper. “We are on the board and in the top 30. Just like the women last week there is a little bit of pressure to get going and now that we have done that I think we can relax a little and have a good day tomorrow. We are right were we need to be and if things go our way tomorrow we can have some great swims and have the opportunity to swim at night.”
Several Seminoles compete earlier in the day in prelims. In the 500 free, junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished 19th in 4:21.49 while sophomore Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) took 30th in 4:26.16. In the 50 free, Roycik placed 47th in 20.26 and Kennon finished 55th in 20.63. The Seminoles’ 400 medley relay of Botha, Denton, Roycik and Kennon finished in 19th with a time of 3:17.42. On the 1M, freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed 31st with 256.60 points.
“I think Scott Derner did a good job at his first NCAA’s,” said Harper. “I know that he wished he could have done better but he handle the pressure well as a freshman.”
Day two of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships will resume Friday with prelims beginning at 12:00 p.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 400 IM (Roof), 100 fly (Roycik), 200 free (Kennon and Denton), 3M (Derner), 800 free relay, and 200 medley relay.