Jan. 28, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. – The Florida State No. 14 men’s and No. 17 women’s swimming and diving teams concluded their dual meet seasons with some tough competition taking on Auburn (No. 1 men and No. 2 women) and Arkansas (w). The men were defeated by the defending NCAA Champions 143.50-94.50 moving their record to 9-3. The women split their two meets picking up a win over Arkansas 180-56 and losing to Auburn 142-90 moving their record to 13-2.
“I thought we competed well,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I was proud of our efforts and I think we are right where we need to be in preparation for the conference meet. It is really good experience for us to go up against defending national champions in the Auburn men and their number two women’s squad. For us to get some wins and some close decisions is a credit to our team.”
Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up the Seminoles first win as he took the 1000 free with a time 9:22.05. Roof was followed closely by sophomore Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) who took second for the Seminoles with a time of 9:23.64. Roof would later follow up his victory in the 1000 free with a second place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:29.83.
“The 1000 free is really an event that we can be proud of,” said Harper. “It is nine and a half minutes of enjoyment for our team to watch. Steve (Roof) and Kyle (Young) are two of the best distance swimmers in the country.”
Sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) then recorded a strong swim for FSU taking second in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.05, while classmate Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) was the top finisher in the 200 fly for the Seminoles taking third in 1:51.51.
Senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) then took third in the 100 free with a time of 46.22. Sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) was the first Seminole to finish in the 200 back taking third in 1:50.86 while classmate Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) closed out the individual men’s swimming events by recording the second fastest time (2:03.13) in the 200 breast.
Freshman Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.V.) had an impressive meet on the women’s side as she took first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:18.40. Cipoletti also record a third place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.54.
Sophomore Lindsey Kenney (Plano, Texas) was FSU’s top finisher in the 200 fly as she took third with a time of 2:04.89. Senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) was the first Seminole to touch the wall in the 100 free taking third in 51.71.
Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) had an impressive performance as she took second in the 200 back with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 1:59.79.
In diving, the men’s top finishers were sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) who finished second on the 3M (328.72) and freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) who took third on 1M (300.00). For the women, junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) finished second on the 3M (307.42) and third on the 1M (258.14).
The Seminoles concluded the meet by recording the fastest time in the men’s 200 free relay. The team of Roycik, senior Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.), junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished first with a time of 1:23.10.
Next on the schedule for the Seminoles is the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in College Park, Md. The women’s will be held Feb. 15-18 while the men’s will be Feb. 22-25.