Aug. 8, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. –
Facing some of the top swimmers in the world, ten members of the Florida State University swimming & diving team hit the water last week at the 2005 ConocoPhillips National Championships. The strong showing at the national meet should be an indication of things to come during the 2005-06 season.
The top finish by a Seminole came from Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) in the 50-meter freestyle. The senior All-American nearly missed making the bonus heat as she tied for 24th in a time of 26.66. She added a 36th-place time of 57.96 at the 100-meter distance. Also cracking the top 25 was Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.). Already in the 2008 US Olympic Trials, the junior tallied a time of 1:05.23 to take 25th in the 100-meter breaststroke to go along with a 31st-place 2.22.62 during the 200 breast.
One of two Seminoles competing in a trio of events, Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) highlighted his meet with a 26th-place 15:57.03 in the 1,500-meter freestyle. He added marks of 8:19.69 in the 800 free (33rd) and 4:02.71 (42nd) during the 400 free. Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) swam in the identical events, posting a 33rd 16:07.59 in the 1,500 after a 40th-place 8:23.32 in the 800 prior to a 4:03.81 in the 400-meter free.
A top-30 time was turned in by junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) during the 50-freestyle. He hit the wall in 23.71 to take 27th, while his 52.25 in the 100 free placed him 60th. All-ACC selection sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) was 31st in the 100-meter breaststroke at 1:05.47 following a 50th-place 2:26.07 at the 200-meter distance.
NCAA participant Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) took 53rd during the 200-meter butterfly, touching in with a 2:22.49. Newcomer Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) placed 51st in the 1,500 free at 17:36.65 to go along with a 9:16.06 to take 63rd in the 800 free.
Taking part in his first US national meet, Stephan Conner’s (Burr Ridge, Ill.) best finish was a 55th-place showing in the 100-meter butterfly. He took 75th in the 100 free at 52.92. Bobby Langsett (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) rounded out the FSU representation with a 67th-place 4:08.01 during the 400 free.