March 24, 2010
The 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships are set to begin Thursday, March 25 in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of The Ohio State University. Among the 270 athletes competing in the three-day meet are five Seminoles, divers Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo and swimmers Andy Hodgson, Rob Holderness and Ian Rowe.
“I am excited for the five Seminole men competing this week,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “These have been our most consistent and valuable swimmers and divers all year and all have great chances of scoring and becoming All-Americans in every event they compete in.”
Headlining the Florida State contingent is diver Horner, who is set to compete in the one-meter, three-meter and platform dive events. The senior is competing in his final NCAA meet and looking to capture another national championship to go with his victory in the 2007 one-meter diving event. At the Zone Qualifying meet two weeks ago the Orlando, Florida native finished first in the one-meter dive. Last month at the ACC Championships Horner finished first in the three-meter dive and second in the one-meter dive.
Also competing in the three diving events with Horner, is junior Marzullo. The transfer from Indiana University is competing in his third NCAA meet, but first for the Seminoles. Marzullo is a two-time All-American, looking to improve upon his highest meet finish, fourth place in the 2008 one-meter dive.
Hodgson will compete in the final NCAA meet of his career in the 100 back and 200 back. The Blackpool, England native looks to improve upon his 13th place finish in the 200 back at last year’s meet. Last month the senior claimed his second consecutive 200 back title at the ACC Championships.
Holderness will compete in three events at his second NCAA meet, the 200 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast. The Butleigh, Somerset, England native is coming off a school record setting performance in the 200 breast at last month’s ACC Championships. He also came in second in the 100 breast at the conference meet.
Junior Rowe is competing in the 500 free, 400 IM and the 1650 free. This marks the third NCAA appearance for the Towson, Maryland native, who competed in the 500 and 1650 back last year. Last year he earned Honorable Mention All-American honors for his 10th place finish in the 1650 free.
“We were very unlucky to have several of our other great team mates narrowly miss qualifying for this meet,” Harper said. “But if we had to pick our best five to carry the FSU flag and put us in the NCAA rankings Terry, Landon, Ian, Rob and Andy will be our best lineup. Our coaches are excited to watch our men compete.”
Action kicks of Thursday with Rowe in the 500 free, Holderness in the 200 IM and Horner and Marzullo in the one-meter dive.
The schedule for the rest of the meet is as follows:
Rowe- 400 IM
Holderness- 100 breast
Hodgson- 100 back
Horner, Marzullo- Three-meter dive
Rowe- 1650 free
Hodgson- 200 back
Holderness- 200 breast
Horner, Marzullo- Platform dive
Live meet results can be found here.
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