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Roger Slater Bio

  Roger Slater
Roger Slater

Hall of Fame Class:
1994 (Swimming and Diving)

Few athletes have had as storied and successful a career at Florida State and beyond than Roger Slater. A diver and swimmer in the Navy, Slater was recruited by legendary FSU Coach Bim Stults in 1948 and would become a one-man swimming gold mine. Slater became famous at Florida State for his half-gainer twist with a layout, and forward one-and-one half somersault pike with a full twist. So dominant was Slater that he finished his intercollegiate career undefeated. In 1950, Slater became FSU’s first All-American in any sport earning the title in one-meter diving. Slater excelled academically as well, completing his pre-med degree in just three years and practiced medicine on the west coast.

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