Nov. 16, 2006
Chapel Hill, N.C. – The Florida State men’s (No. 16) and women’s (No. 13) swimming and diving teams lead the Nike Cup after the completion of the first day of events. The men’s squad is out in front with 402 points and is followed by Kentucky (207), Clemson (203), North Carolina (196), Virginia Tech (141), James Madison (29), East Carolina (28), NC State (17), Miami (15) and Syracuse (2). The women’s team is in first place with 260 points and is followed by North Carolina (229), Clemson (209), Kentucky (181), Virginia Tech (169), Miami (87), East Carolina (71), Syracuse (27) and NC State (7).
The Seminoles got off to a fast start in the 200 free relay. The men’s team of junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa), sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) took first place with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:20.81. The women’s team of freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.), junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa), senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) finished second with a time of 1:33.95.
Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) picked up a win for the men in the 500 free as he touched with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:22.29. Right behind him also recording an NCAA “B” cut was junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) who finished second in 4:22.90.
The women’s team picked up valuable points in the 500 free as freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) took second with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:52.51. Finishing in third was junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) with a time of 4:55.49.
The Seminoles went one-two on the men’s 1M as sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) won the event with a six dive score of 343.10. Just a few points behind was freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) who placed second with a six dive score of 340.20.
In the men’s 200 IM, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished third with a time of 1:52.79 while freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) took fourth in 1:53.19. FSU’s top finisher in the women’s 200 IM was sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) who finished sixth in 2:04.45.
Recording NCAA “B” cut times in the men’s 50 free were Botha and Kennon who finished second (20.16) and fourth (20.28), respectively. The Seminoles’ top finisher in the women’s 50 free was King who placed 11th with a time of 23.89.
The Seminoles wrapped up the night recording two NCAA “B” cut times in the 400 medley relay. The men’s team of Botha, Kennon and juniors Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) finished first with a time of 3:16.96. The women’s squad also won as the team of Brick, Sparg, Grimes and senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) touched the wall in 3:41.30.
The Seminoles will be back in action tomorrow, Friday, November 17 as the Nike Cup continues with prelims starting at 10:00 a.m. and the finals at 6:00 p.m. The Nike Cup will conclude on Saturday, November 18.