March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Junior Tom Neubacher placed 13th on platform on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.
In prelims, Neubacher qualified in 12th for the consolation finals before finishing out the event in 13th with a score of 342.85.
“Tom came through for us,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Platform really isn’t his specialty, but he put together a great list and dove well.”
Ironically, the last Seminole to earn honorable accolades on platform was older brother Mike Neubacher in 2011.
“He was very consistent,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “He looked more comfortable and mature than last year. His experience definitely showed this year. He only missed one dive in three events. I couldn’t have asked for more. He is ready to train hard for next season and raise his top end. I’m already excited for next year.”
The team of Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber swam their final races as Seminoles in the consolation heat of the 400 free relay. However, Florida State was disqualified because of a false start.
“The four relay guys weren’t really recruited out of high school,” Harper said. “They developed and adjusted well to great coaching and they came together and did great things. What they achieved in the fall is a credit to them and coaching staff and they did have the fastest time in the country at one point in the season in the 200. The expectations were a little higher of the team and it got to them the first day. That was devastating for us as they went from potential All-Americans to scoring zero points. They battled back and got a second chance today, it shouldn’t be taken away from what they’ve achieved. They’ve put Florida State sprinting on the map and there are underclassmen and incoming freshman that have a chance to continue that legacy.”
In prelims, the Seminoles qualified in 15th place with a time of 2:54.06
The four athletes leave Florida State with the fastest 200 free relay in FSU and ACC history with a 1:16.76. In addition, they’ve claimed three ACC titles and have garnered All-American honors in 2012.
In prelims, Pavel Sankovich swam a 1:42.59 in the 200 back, placing 25th. Sankovich missed earning a second swim by sixth-tenths of a second.
Also swimming the 200 back was sophomore Josh Fridel, who posted a 1:44.23.
“We battled hard this morning,” Harper said. “Pavel was just a little off of finals and Josh was tentative for his first time at NCAA’s . He takes away some great experience from this and we’ve already talked about wanting to come back and score next year.”
In the 100 free, Weber swam a time of 44.43.
John Jessell closed out his career with a 15:14.42 in the 1650 free. Jessell will leave FSU as the fourth fastest mile swimmer in history behind Mateo De Angulo, Kyle Young and Ian Rowe. Since becoming a Seminole in 2011, Jessell has shaved off over one-minute of his time in the 1650.
Florida State finished the meet in 23rd place with a total of 40 points.
“Our goals were higher,” Harper said. “But it was a great year. We had a lot of school records broken and new ACC records set. We had a lot of career bests and that is something we can build on with experience and knowing what it takes to succeed at the next level.”
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