Oct. 17, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State swimming will watch two of their prodigies compete in the United States Open Water World Championship Trials on Sunday, October 21 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Redshirt senior Kyle Young and former Seminole Steve Roof will compete against the nations best swimmers for the right to represent the United States in the World Championships as well as positioning themselves for an opportunity to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The 10K race will be held at Miromar Lakes.
“This meet is a World Championship and pre-Olympic team selection meet,” said head coach Neil Harper. “Both our guys are new to the sport of open water swimming and this is the first time in the Olympics that this will be a contested event. It’s a great representation of our distance program and Steve and Kyle have been the backbone of that for the last three or four years.”
Both Roof and Young competed in the 2007 Indianapolis 10K Open Water Grand Prix held in August. Roof finished fifth with a time of 2:03:27.8 and Young finished 10th (2:06:45.7). The biggest challenge for the duo is adapting to swimming without lane lines and walls.
“In open water swimming your are going to be swimming in a lake where you can’t see the bottom,” said Harper. “It’s murky, there’s no line on the bottom like in a pool so you really have to orient yourself, you have to lift up your head every once in awhile to make sure you’re swimming to the next buoy.”
The Seminole tandem enjoyed great success last season with Young earning All-America honors in the 1650 free and Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 500 free. Roof earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 1650 free and both swimmers were a part of the Honorable Mention All-American 400 free relay team. In addition, the two swimmers are one and two on FSU’s all-time top times list in both the 1650 and 500 free (Young is first, Roof is second).