Dec. 5, 2004
ATHENS, GA. –
During the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational, Florida State University freshman Billy Jamerson posted the best 100 breaststroke time in school history by a freshman. On the final day of the event, he almost surpassed every Seminole that has ever swum the 200 breaststroke on his way to his second victory of the meet.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the meet, the Seminole men’s team kept a stranglehold over the number two position with their finally tally of 860.5 points, 187.5 points ahead of 16th-ranked Georgia. Florida State women’s team finished fourth with a three-day tally of 472.
For the second day in a row, the story for the Seminoles was Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.). In the morning he posted an NCAA “B” cut with his time of 2:00.79 during the prelims of the 200 breast. He came back during the evening session to win the event with a time of 1:58.74. The mark ranks him second in school history and is just 0.44 off Wickus Nienaber’s school record.
The 200 breaststroke was just one of five events that the men had two or more swimmers in the final heat. Following Jamerson was sophomore Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) in sixth at 2:05.69, while Thomas Bishop (Houston, Texas) was seventh at 2:06.23.
Bishop led the Seminoles best event of the day, the 1,650 freestyle. The sophomore posted an NCAA “B” cut time of 15:27.74, that’s fourth in the ACC, to finish third. Classmate Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) was a spot back as he notched a personal-best time 15:32.33 that moves him up to fifth in school history. Coming in fifth was rookie Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.).
Posting a big third-place finish on the platform diving was freshman Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.). The rookie beat former Seminole All-American Louie Gagnet with his score of 474.55. Senior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) posted the women’s best individual finish for the third day in a row, taking third on the platform with her career-high 412.60.
Two Seminoles found their way to the finals of the 200 back with rookie Ian Powell (Guernsey, English Channel) moving into the FSU all-time list at number three with his fifth-place 1:47.63. Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawaii) took eighth at 1:51.78. The 100 free produced two more Seminoles in the top eight as Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) was fourth at 45.08 and Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) took seventh with a 45.61.
Roof and Powell battled it out in the finals of the 200 fly with Roof hitting the wall first at 1:51.70 to take fifth while Powell was a spot back with a 1:51.88. Freshman Dan Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) was eighth at 1:55.34. FSU capped off the meet with the team of Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.), Roycik, Denton and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) posting an NCAA “B” cut of 2:59.31 in the 400 free relay.
Moving up four spots from the prelims was rookie Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) as she posted a 2:01.68 to take fourth in the 200 butterfly. The time is the fifth-fastest in school history. Also making her way onto the all-time charts was Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) with her swim in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke. The 2:19.80 puts her at number ten.
Two NCAA “B” cuts were posted by the women during the 100 free. Senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) hit the wall in 51.03 to take eighth in the race after a 50.59 during the prelims that puts her fifth in Seminole lore. Captain Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) posted a “B” time of 51.27 to win the consolation heat.
With finals beginning Monday on the Tallahassee campus, Florida State will not compete until January 2 when it takes on Penn State in the Florida Keys. The next dual meet is scheduled for January 29 with defending national champions Auburn.