Jan. 12, 2006
DALLAS – The No. 14 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team dropped just their second meet of the season as they lost to SMU 137.5-105.5 moving their record to 6-2.
“SMU did well and was very prepared,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. They always swim well at this time of year and they were ready for us. We lost to a better team today. We are at a stage in our season where we are training our student-athletes hard and they are very tired so it is hard for them to get up and race easily. We are where we need to be right now. It was a good learning experience and I think we will come out of it a better and closer team.”
Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up the Seminoles’ first win of the meet in the second event, the 1000 free, with a time of 9:19.00. Roof would later pick up another win for FSU in the 500 free with a time of 4:35.09.
“He is used to that double,” said Harper. “It gave us some strength and a chance to win it.”
Sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) then picked up another win for the FSU in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.70. He was followed closely by senior Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) who finished in second with a time of 1:42.60.
Junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) was the Seminoles’ top finisher in the 50 free taking second in 21.15. FSU’s top finisher in the 200 fly was sophomore Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) who took second in 1:51.08. Sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) claimed Florida State’s third win of the meet in the 100 free with a time of 46.45. Sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) was the first Seminole to finish in the 200 back taking second in 1:51.87.
FSU’s top finishers in diving were freshman Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) who took second place on the 3M with 299.85 points and freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) who took second place on the 1M with 315.90.
The Seminoles will stay in Dallas and be back in action Jan. 13-14 when they participate in the Dallas Morning News Classic. The meet will start at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on both day as FSU will compete against No. 7 Florida, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 19 Notre Dame, Washington and SMU. The No. 17 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will host Miami on Jan. 14 at 2:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bobby E. Leach Center.