March 27, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Five members of the No. 21-ranked Florida State men’s swimming earned All-American honors on Friday at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. Junior Terry Horner led the way for the Seminoles placing fifth on the three-meter board. FSU has 22 points which puts them in a tie for 21st-place heading into the final day.
“With Terry scoring big points and are relay getting on the board is great for this team,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “You can’t control how other people swim and we just need to go out tomorrow and seize our opportunities and compete the best we can.”
A day after missing the finals in his signature event, Horner showcased his ability with an All-American performance on the three-meter. The Orlando, Fla., native scored 419.90 points on his way to his fourth career top eight finish at the NCAA Championships. Senior Dan Frebel earned a 27th-place finish with score of 306.90.
“Terry did a great job, I was really happy with the way he handled himself,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “One of his best qualities is his resilience and he was determined today. He does a lot of tough dives and he really took a step forward today.”
“It was really hard to stay positive after yesterday,” Horner said. “I talked with Patrick this morning and that helped. Every time I compete my list on three-meter it gets better and I’m really pleased with how I performed everything today.”
In the 800 free relay, the team of fifth-year senior Kyle Young, junior Andy Hodgson and sophomores Stephen Pendleton and Robby Hayes earned honorable mention All-American honors with a 16th-place finish touching the wall in 6:27.25.
“I’m just happy that the boys efforts did not go unrewarded,” Harper said. “We were racing Alabama for that last spot and beat them so that was good. Getting those points certainly takes the pressure off.”
The 200 free relay team of fifth-year senior Jarryd Botha, junior Scott Thacker, senior Jimmy Holway and fifth-year senior Ed Denton placed 18th, narrowly missing a spot in the consolation finals with a time of 1:27.29.
The Seminoles highest individual finisher of the day was Thacker in the 100 breast. The junior placed 21st with a time of 53.72. Sophomore Rob Holderness turned in a time of 54.39 which put him in 31st position.
Botha also competed in the 100 fly, placing 23rd with a time of 46.86. In the 200 free Hodgson turned in a 44th-place finish touching the wall in 1:36.97.
The final day of the NCAA Championships will begin Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., with preliminary heats of the 400 free relay, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. The distance swimmers will also compete in the 1650 free in the afternoon while the divers compete on the platform. For live stats and a meet recap log onto www.seminoles.com.