Jan. 19, 2005
The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State Swimming & Diving vs. Florida A&M
Leach Center — Tallahassee, Fla.
Thursday, January 20, 3:30 p.m.
#22 Women: (10-3, 4-1 ACC) #24 Men: (9-2, 4-0 ACC)
The Nuts & Bolts:
Seminoles Takes on Crosstown Rival Florida A&M Thursday
A familiar face will be back in the Bobby E. Leach Center on Thursday (January 20) as the Florida State University swimming and diving teams play host to Florida A&M for the second time this season. Earlier in the year, both squads defeated the Rattlers on October 15.
FSU Looks For Repeat of Early Performance Against Rattlers
Head coach Neil Harper can only hope that his squads have the same type of performances against Florida A&M as they did during the first meeting. Both teams ran away with the meets as the men posted a 253-34 triumph, while the women won 243-29. Neither team has ever lost a dual meet to the Rattlers, with the men holding a 6-0 advantage to go along with a 7-0 mark by the women.
Five Seminoles Produce Two Wins in First Meet With FAMU
Multiple winners were the rule rather than the exception during the first contest of the year against the Rattlers. Florida State had five different performers score two individual victories: Lauren Brick (100 & 200 breaststroke), Paul Erben (100 & 200 breaststroke), Jared Heine (100 & 200 backstroke), Courtney McClow (1m & 3m diving) and Alex Tilbrook (1m & 3m diving).
Men’s Team Places Fifth at Dallas Morning News Classic
In the midst of its hardest training session during coach Harper’s six seasons, the men’s team ventured to Texas for the Dallas Morning News Classic. The prestigious field included four of the top 25 teams. Florida State held its own, posting a fifth-place tally of 236 points in a competitive field. Going in the Seminoles’ favor was the amount of youth on the team as seven of the nine participants at the DMN Classic were either freshmen or sophomores with only one senior.
Tigers Loss is Rattlers Gain
Originally, the Seminoles were schedule to face LSU in a home dual meet this weekend, but when the Tigers pulled out of the meet, Florida State replaced them with Florida A&M. Last season both squads posted victories over Neil Harper’s alma mater, including a one-point decision by the men.
Jamerson is Second-Fastest Freshmen in the Country
To date, the performance by rookie Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) has to go down as one of the best by any Florida State rookie. Currently he has the second-fastest breaststroke times in the country. The Sandy Creek high school product trails only Arizona’s Ivan Barnes — a teammate at Plano Senior HS of sisters Laura Kenney and Lindsay Kenney — by 0.31 (54.49-to-54.18) in the 100 breaststroke and 0.14 (1:58.74-to-1:58.60) at the 200 yard distance.
Seminoles End Regular Season With Defending National Champions
One of the things Neil Harper is trying to do this year is raise the Seminoles’ level of competition. He’ll certainly accomplish that when FSU ends the regular season on January 29 at home against men’s and women’s defending national champion Auburn at 11 a.m.
ACC Performer Of The Week Nominee:
Men – Freshman Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) Here’s Why: Scored the Seminoles’ best finish at the Dallas Morning News Classic with his second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Avenged an earlier season loss to Florida’s Bill Mrazek, who beat him in the dual meet. Also scored a fourth-place finish at the 100-yard distance. Member of the Seminoles’ fourth-place 400 medley and free relays.
Seminoles Ranked Among Nation’s Best
All but three events in the men’s College Quick 50, compiled by Taper & Shave, contain at least one Seminole. The women fair almost as well with a representative in 11 events. Individual, the highest ranking belongs to freshman Billy Jamerson as he rates 11th in the 200 breaststroke, followed by a 13th-place 100 breast. Seven different Seminoles rate in two categories with Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) sharing the team lead at three apiece. All five relays are in the top 20, including the 200 free (ninth) and 400 medley (tenth).
Topping the women’s list is another breaststroker as sophomore Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) holds the No. 11 spot with her time of 1:02.32. Gracing the list twice is senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) in the 50 and 100 freestyle. The women’s 200 medley is seeded tenth (1:42.57), while the 200 free quartet is 12th at 1:33.03.
FSU Bolsters Line-Up With a Trio of South African Swimmers
A staple at FSU under Neil Harper has been the influx of new talent during the spring semester this year is no exception. Following in the footsteps of ACC Champions Emma Dutton and Wickus Nienaber will be a trio of South Africans: sophomore Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) and freshmen Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa). Euan Dale, a teammate of Ed Denton and Ian Powell at the Millfield School, chose to remain in Scotland and train with the British National team.
Altmann swept the backstroke events at the All-Africa Games and added a silver medal in the 100 back at the SA Senior Nationals. A threat in the freestyle and butterfly, Sparg took second in the 50m and 100m fly at the All-Africa Games. Second place at the 2003 SA Open National Championships, Botha has converted 100 and 200 backstroke times that would rank in the FSU all-time top five.
ACC Meets Just Around the Corner
Even though the calendar just turned over to 2005, the winter season is almost complete. The women’s ACC Championship meet is just 28 days with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays kicking off the four-day competition on February 16. The men’s meet commences just one week later on February 23. This year’s league summit is being held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics.