March 19, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –
Two weeks ago, all Florida State University diver Courtney McClow wanted was a chance to compete at the Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Now the former walk-on is leaving Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center as an All-American.
For the second time during the three-day meet, the senior captain put her name down with the elite divers in the country as she earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades for her efforts on the platform. McClow took 13th-place overall with a tally of 391.40 points. She was just 0.15 out of 12th and 2.20 from 11th.
“She was very consistent and really did a nice job,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “I’ve seen her sharper, but this was a long contest and probable the best tower event she’s ever dived in. She held it together really well and I’m proud of her.”
McClow accounted for Florida State’s entire point total during the national summit, racking up 10 points during the one-meter and platform.
“This is a tribute to her and that she could come here as a freshman walk on and to come this far is amazing,” Jeffrey added. “She set her goals pretty high and went after them. As a coach you want everyone to have the type of attitude that she has because she puts everything into practice and it pays off for her at the end of the year.”
For the third day in a row the Seminoles just missed out on getting a relay into the evening session as the 400 free quartet finished just outside the top 16. The Florida State foursome of Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.), Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) and Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) touched in with a time of 3:26.71 to finish 19th.
The youngest Seminole in the meet posted the highest finish during the swimming events on Saturday. The rookie Kenney notched a time of 2:01.86 to take 34th in the 200-yard butterfly. Finishing 36th during the 100 freestyle was Ellis as she hit the wall with a mark of 50.34. In the final individual swim of her collegiate career, Breen tallied a 51.26 to take 56th in the 100 free.
With the conclusion of the women’s meet, all that remains for the Florida State swimming and diving is the men’s NCAA Championships next week in Minneapolis, Minn. The Seminoles will season four swimmers to the meet.