Feb. 24, 2005
ATLANTA, Ga. –
Following up on the best day of preliminary swims during the first day of individual competition at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, the Florida State University men’s team put together great performances during Thursday’s (February 24) finals. The Seminoles had six swimmers in the finals with four more in the consolations.
Following the second day of competition, Florida State is second with 206 points. Virginia leads the competition at 248 points with North Carolina trailing the Seminoles with 180.5 points.
“It was a good day for us,” FSU deck boss Neil Harper said. “This morning we set the table by getting many more swimmers in the finals and consols on day one than we’ve ever had before. The guys responded well tonight, we had some swimmers move up.”
Snatching big points for the Seminoles was the 200 free relay quartet of Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.), Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.), Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) and Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England). The Seminole foursome placed third with a season-best and NCAA “B” Cut of 1:20.05.
Scoring the most points during the individual events for Florida State was the 50-yard freestyle as the Seminoles had three swimmers in the finals and two in the consolation heat. Just missing his second NCAA “B” cut of the day was the senior Averett as he hit the wall in 20.35 to place fifth.
Garnering his second career-best time of the day was sophomore Kennon as he touched in at 20.42 to chalk up sixth place. Co-captain Roycik completed the Seminoles straight with a seventh-place, season-best time of 20.43. The freshman Denton moved up two spots in the consolation heat, grabbing sixth place in the heat and 14th overall with a mark of 20.71. Just a tenth of a second back in 16th place with a 20.85 was fellow newcomer Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa).
“The two guys in the consolation did well and then the three other guys were right in it in the final,” Harper noted. “That event allowed us to stay up with Virginia and we’re certainly doing well so I’m happy with the way we’re performing up to this point.”
Building on the career-best swim he had during the morning, sophomore Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) lowered his 500 freestyle time from the prelims, registering an NCAA “B” Cut of 4:24.59–the fastest 500 free time during Harper’s tenure–that took fifth overall and improves his second-best time in school history. Classmate Thomas Bishop (Houston, Texas) went from a tie for fourth-place in school history at the start of the day to tie for third at the evening’s finish. The sophomore is now even with Vance Tankersley with a time of 4:25.01 that is an NCAA provisional time and placed seventh overall.
“Both Tommy Bishop and Steve Roof went faster so that was a big boost for us with the points they scored for us in the final,” Harper added. “Kyle Young got things started by almost winning his heat of the 500 after coming in seeded 16th. We’re real pleased with the way the three of them performed.”
Florida State’s third NCAA “B” Cut of the evening in the 500 free was rookie Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) as he nearly won the consolation heat with a career-best time of 4:26.71 that places him fifth in school history.
After nearly setting the school record during the preliminaries, freshman Danny Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) put together his second solid race in the 200 individual medley during the evening. Competing in the first finals of his career at the the ACC meet, the rookie was fifth to the wall with a time of 1:50.41.
Friday’s action commences at 11 a.m. with the prelims of the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and three-meter diving.