March 28, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team finished the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with four more athletes earning honorable mention All-American status in College Station, Texas. The Seminoles scored 36 points to finish in 20th-place.
“Today was icing on the cake for us,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We had 12 athletes here which is a record for us and something we can build on. I was happy that we could send our seniors out on a high note and it is a credit to how hard the whole team worked this season.”
The Garnet and Gold were led by junior Andy Hodgson who earned honorable mention All-American status in the 200 backstroke. After breaking his own conference and school record in the preliminary round with a time of 1:41.11, the Blackpool, England native took home 13th place in an evening swim of 1:41.85.
“Andy traveled all the way to England last week to try to qualify for the World Championships and then came back to compete here,” Harper said. “I thought he was done breaking records and then to swim the way he did this morning gave us a shot in the arm. It was truly an incredible performance by him.”
The 400 free relay team of fifth-year seniors Jarryd Botha and Ed Denton, senior Jimmy Holway and Hodgson finished the meet with honorable mention All-American honors, touching the wall in a 12th-place time of 2:53.44.
“For a guy like Jimmy to come in as a walk-on and finish as an All-American is a great accomplishment,” Harper said. “I think it is a credit to all of his hard work and shows what a kid can do in our program.”
On the platform senior Dan Frebel missed the consolation finals by less than three points placing 17th with 335.10. Junior Terry Horner finish in 27th position with 242.05 points.