March 22, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two Florida State Seminoles will compete at the NCAA
Men’s swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis, Minn., this weekend.
Senior Brent Burkman will compete in the diving events with fellow senior
Brett Petersen competing in the Breaststroke events.
Burkman makes his first career appearance at the NCAA Championships after
finishing 10th on the 1-meter, 13th on the 10-meter platform and 17th on the
3-meter at the NCAA Zone B Diving meet, hosted by Auburn University. A four
year letter winner from Ruston, Va., Burkman won the 1-meter competition and
finished 4th on the 3-meter at the 2000 ACC Championships. He has made the
finals on both the 1-meter and 3-meter all four years as Seminoles,
including taking 3rd on both boards at the 1998 and 1999 Championships. In
1997, Burkman finished 7th on both boards. He is a two-time All-ACC Honor
Roll selection and has been named Florida State’s men’s diver of the year
for two consecutive years. Burkman is the first diver to qualify for the
meet since 1992 and will compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter as well as the
Petersen is a returning All-American from the 1999 championships. A native
of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Petersen finished 2nd in the 200 Breast
and 9th in the 100 Breast at the 2000 ACC Championships. He was also a
member of the 2nd place 400 Medley Relay and 3rd place 200 Medley Relay at
the conference meet. At the 1999 Championships, Petersen competed in the 100
and 200 Breast and the 400 Medley Relay. He took 2nd in the 200 Breast in
the 1998 and 1999 conference championships and was on the 1997, 1998 and 100
ACC Champion 200 Medley Relay team. Petersen also competes internationally,
including a 4th place finish in the 100m Breast at the Pan-Pacific
Championships in Sydney, Australia last summer.
Burkman will compete in the 1-meter on Thursday, March 23 with the 3-meter
on Friday, March 24 and the platform on Saturday, March 25. Petersen will
compete in the 100 Breast on Friday and 200 Breast on Saturday. The
preliminaries begin at Noon with the finals at 7:00pm each day.