March 24, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. – Florida State concluded day two of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in 36th place with four points. Florida State’s day was highlighted by a pair of 17th place relay finishes.
“The guys really put the garnet and gold on today and put forth a great team effort,” said head coach Neil Harper. “We were a little unlucky to come up a tad short. Being 17th in the national is pretty impressive but unfortunately they only give points to the top 16 teams. Needless to say I was proud of them and they represented us well.”
“Both of those relays were makeshift teams,” said Harper. “In the 200 medley relay we only had our first two legs of our “A” team from the conference meet and in the 800 free relay we were missing our fastest leg. ”
The 800 free relay was a timed final and the last event of the night. The Seminoles’ team of juniors Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomores Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished 17th in 6:35.12.
“Alex (Kennon) and Ed (Denton) got out fast,” said Harper. “It was almost too fast for a 4×200 relay but it showed that they have good speed and is a good indication for tomorrow. Joel (Roycik) has been swimming fast and we brought Stephan Connor in to specifically swim in 400 free relay.”
In the prelims earlier in the day, FSU’s 200 medley relay team of Kennon, Denton, senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) posted a time of 1:29.87, good for 17th.
Roycik swam in the 100 fly where he took 28th with a time of 48.17.
Freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) competed for the Seminoles on the 3M and finished 22nd with 285.70 points.
“Scott (Derner) had a good showing,” said Harper. “It was good experience for him and he will be able to build on that. He now knows what he has to do to get back here next year and to score.”
The final day of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships will resume Saturday with prelims beginning at 12:00 p.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 1650 free (Roof and Young), 200 back (Botha), 100 free (Roycik, Kennon and Denton) and 400 free relay.