March 27, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –
If nothing else, the 2005 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships was a great learning experience for the Florida State University men’s team. The Seminole contingency was made up entirely of underclassmen and the quartet got the school on the board for the first time since 2003 and produced FSU’s first swimming All-Americans in six years.
With the two points that Florida State earned from taking 16th in the 800 freestyle relay on Friday, it concluded the meet in 35th place. On the final day of competition, the Tribe had all four of its swimmers entered in individual events, including a trio in the 1,650 free – a first for the school.
The best finish by a Seminole during individual competition came on the final day from Thomas Bishop (Houston, Texas). The sophomore produced a time that was just four seconds off his school record set at the ACC Championships with a 15:12.33 to take 21st in the 1,650 freestyle.
His fellow distance swimmers finished side-by-side in their heat. Classmate Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) hit the wall with a mark of 15:17.17, which was less than a half second off his career-best time, to take 27th. After besting Roof at the Auburn Invitational, rookie Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished a spot back of his elder at the national summit in 28th at 15:18.79.
Despite swimming the third-fastest time of his collegiate career, rookie Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) could not make his way into the evening session on Saturday. The freshman took 21st overall with a time of 2:00.61.
The four representatives are the most that Florida States has had at the men’s meet since 1999. The 2005-06 season should be another banner year for the Seminoles as they lose only two point scorers off a team that scored the highest point ever under head coach Neil Harper.