March 27, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State sophomore diver Terry Horner and junior swimmer Scott Baker can call themselves All-Americans Thursday night as the pair earned top eight finishes at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Horner placed third on the one-meter board a year after winning a National Championship and Baker finished seventh in the 50 freestyle taking home the Seminoles first top eight finish in the event since 1999. The two have Florida State in 14th place with 28 points.
“I’m really excited, it was a really close competition and I gave it my all,” Horner said. “I was really pleased with how I dove.”
“That was my goal when I got here, to be an All-American as a junior,” Baker said. “I was shocked when I saw the time, I was really surprised.”
Horner came up against the best divers in America in the one-meter finals. The Orlando, Fla. native used a consistent array of dives to score 396.15 points to finish with the bronze medal. Horner finished behind the 2006 National Champion on the one-meter Chris Colwill of Georgia and last years’ runner-up Magnus Frick of Hawaii.
“Magnus [Frick] and Chris [Colwill] are both competing on the world level, I’m just happy to know I can hang with them,” Horner said. “This has given me a lot of confidence and I am excited for the three-meter competition tomorrow.”
“Terry [Horner] was the most consistent diver all day,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “He was the only diver not to miss a dive today and I think he is really looking forward to the three-meter tomorrow.”
Baker touched the wall in a time of 19.49 seconds becoming the first Seminole since Brendon Dedekind and Julio Santos to garner All-American honors in the 50 free. Dedekind was National Champion in the event in 1998.
“That’s amazing to follow in the footsteps of Olympians,” Baker said. “I don’t really know what to say about that, it’s just an honor.”
The Seminoles return the pool on Friday, March 28 with Horner competing on the three-meter board. Up next for Baker is the 100 free on Saturday, March 29. For live results visit www.ncaaswim.com.