March 26, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday with junior Terry Horner scoring the Seminole’s only points in College Station, Texas. FSU ended day one with six points.
“It was a tough morning for us,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We did score points and now we have to prepare ourselves for tomorrow. I’m disappointed, but we need to pick ourselves up and get excited for the rest of our opportunities.”
Horner earned honorable mention All-American status with his 11th-place finish on the one-meter board. After a difficult preliminary round, the Orlando, Fla., native scored 371.65 points in the consolation final. Senior Dan Frebel finished 34th in the event (259.70).
“I’m disappointed for Terry,” said FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. “He had trouble on his most difficult dive, but he still almost came back. I was proud that he dove well in the consolation final and he hung in there all day and didn’t give up.”
In the pool, the 200 free relay of senior Jimmy Holway, fifth-year seniors Jarryd Botha and Ed Denton and junior Andy Hodgson placed 19th with a time of 1:18.69 just .09 out of the consolation finals.
“We were seeded 20th and moved up a spot, but we couldn’t make it in,” Harper said. “We were only a couple of hundredths away, but we just missed out.”
In the 200 individual medley, sophomore Robby Hayes placed 51st with a time of 1:47.29. In the 50 free Botha placed 33rd (19.77), Holway touched in 50th position (20.06) and Denton was 56th (20.10).
In the final event of the preliminary round the 400 medley relay team of Hodgson, junior Scott Thacker, Botha and Denton were disqualified when Denton jumped early.
“Those guys reallyy looked pretty good at the beginning,” Harper said. “Jarryd was fading at the end of his leg and Ed jumped a little early. It’s a shame because we would have been in 12th position which would have given us a second swim.”
The Seminoles return to the water on Friday at 1:00 p.m., with preliminary heats in the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay. The divers will compete on the three-meter board. For live results and a recap log onto www.seminoles.com.