Dec. 4, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. –
One is an upstart freshman, the other a veteran senior captain, but all year long Billy Jamerson and Courtney McClow have been a constant for the Florida State University swimming and diving teams. The two held true to form on day two of the Georgia Fall Invitational as they came away with the Seminoles’ first victories of the meet.
Through two days of competition, the 25th-ranked men’s team has widened its lead on the host Bulldogs. The Seminoles sit in second place with a score of 569.50, 94.5 points ahead of 16th-ranked UGA. FSU’s women’s team is in fourth at 359 points, but Minnesota is within striking distance.
“I thought the guys would be behind Minnesota and Georgia so to be in second is a pleasant surprise,” FSU deck boss Neil Harper said. “Anytime you can come into Georgia and beat Georgia it’s good. I thought the women could be in third, but I’ve been surprised at how well Minnesota has been swimming.”
Giving the Seminoles the boost they needed to stay ahead of the host school was Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.). Already in the FSU top-ten all-time with just seven swims under his belt, he jumped up to number five with his career-best time of 54.49 to win the event. The time also ranks him second in the league this year.
“He’s still learning swim by swim,” Harper noted of Jamerson. “Even some of the things he did in the race tonight, even though it was a great swim and his best ever, there are some things that he needs to improve on. It’s good for him to come in a freshman and step up at a big meet and win the way he did. It was fun to watch and fueled the whole team.”
For the second night in a row, the women got their boost from the divers. McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) was head and shoulders above everyone else with her tally of 286.65. Taking fourth was sophomore Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) at 246.65, while classmate Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) was three spots back at 243.70.
“Courtney has been diving well all weekend,” Harper added. “It was one of those things tonight where she put all of her dives together and had a really great performance. That was a big win for us. She’s another one of those kids who has been improving year after year and tonight she stepped up against some established divers and was able to pull off the win.”
Both teams got the night started on the right foot in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawaii), Jamerson, Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.) and Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) posted the league’s best time with a second place 1:29.95. Scoring the ACC’s second-best mark and NCAA “B” cut at 1:42.57 was the team of Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) and Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.).
The medley relay was the first of four great swims for Roycik. The junior took second with a 48.40 in the 100 fly after a 48.39 in the prelims. Both times are NCAA “B” cuts. Averett was close behind in the fly, also posting a “B” time with a third-place 48.61. Roycik came back to tie teammate Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) for fifth at 1:40.22 in the 200 free, but during the morning his prelim time of 1:39.22 tied him for tenth in school history and is the second-fast tally in the ACC this year.
Scoring the women’s only individual “B” cut time of the night was Brick in her signature event, the 100 breaststroke. The sophomore posted the best time of her career, tallying a 1:02.32 to improve her ACC-best time and tie her with Samantha White for second place in FSU lore. Also posting a third-place time was Dan Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) with his 3:55.79 in the 400 IM that rates him fifth on the all-time Tribe charts.
Posting a pair of swims in the finals was the senior captain Breen. Her first swim was a sixth-place 55.81 in the 100 fly, after a 55.68 in the prelims. She returned to take seventh in the 100 backstroke with a 57.43 on the heels of a 57.20 during the morning.
Freshman Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Island) missed the finals of the 100 back, but his time of 50.08 – which rates seventh in school history – won the consolation final and would have placed him fifth. Heine did qualify for the finals as he took sixth with a personal-best time of 50.33. Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) took seventh in the 100 breast at a season-best 57.14.
Grabbing points on the men’s board once again was the duo of Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) and Curtis Schroeger (Shawnee Mission, Kan.). The rookie Tilbrook was in second after the semifinals, but couldn’t hold on as he took fourth with a 510.45. Schroeger collected valuable points with his ninth-place 412.60.
Capping off the night were two strong swims in the 800 yard freestyle relay. The fastest time in the ACC to date was set by the group of Averett, Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio), Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and Roycik with their third-place 6:41.71. The women’s team of Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.), Ellis, Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) and Kate Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.) cut 18 second off FSU’s best time this season to post a 7:28.57.
Florida State wraps up the three-day meet and the fall portion of its schedule on Sunday. Prelims begin at 9:30 a.m. with finals started at 3 p.m.