March 17, 2007
Minneapolis, Minn. –
The 2007 Florida State swimming and diving season comes to an end with the most successful national meet in recent history. The Seminoles ended the meet in 17th place with 60 team points. The finish is the best finish under head coach Neil Harper. Florida State earned a National Championships, three All-American Honors and three Honorable Mention All-Americans.
“I’m extremely excited for this finish,” said coach Harper. “It is our best showing in my eight years here. Coming into the meet there were a couple of swimmers and divers that we thought would make it but didn’t. We really though that would hamper our chances, but the five swimmers and Terry did FSU proud.”
Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) brought home the bacon in Florida State’s final event by earning his first individual All-American honor of his career in the 1650-yard freestyle. Young finished seventh with a time of 14:57.21 to set a new school record time. His time at the 1000-yard mark of 9:01.42 also set a new school record. In all, Young laid claim to three school records at the NCAA Championships.
“For Kyle to swim the race he did was amazing,” said coach Harper. “He went out very quick to set a new school record in the 1000 Free. Also the first FSU guy to go under 15 minutes in the mile was quite an accomplishment. Huge impact for our team, and it says a lot about Kyle.”
Along with Young in the 1650 Free was senior captain Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) who earned Honorable Mention All-American honors with a 11th place finish in a time of 15:03.15. Roof cut over 11 seconds off his seed time from the ACC Championships. He finishes his career at Florida State by earning his second Honorable Mention All-American honor in as many years.
“Steve got the ball rolling for us today,” said Harper. “It was a great swim for him to put himself in the top eight going into the final heat, so we knew he would earn points.”
Senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) ended his career with a 45th place finish in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 44.41. Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished 36th in the 100 Free with a time of 44.14. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) checked in with a time of 2:02.76 in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn a 31st place finish, his best career finish in an individual event.
“Our seniors are two different guys that come from different parts of the country,” said Harper. “Basically the one common thread these guys have is their hearts. They bleed garnet and gold and they have given everything to Florida State. They are great recruiters, team players and they have taken our program to a new level. They have both led by example and will be missed.”
Florida State ends their season with three All-Americans, three Honorable Mention All-Americans and freshman National Champion Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) on the one-meter diving board. The Seminoles earned eight individual ACC titles along with the ACC team championship. The first place finish was the first in school history. Young earned the ACC Championship MVP award for his performance at the meet.
The team’s annual awards recognition banquet will take place on Sunday, March 25. It will be held at the Varsity Club on the fourth floor of the Moore Athletic Center. Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m.