February 24, 2006 - by
Eight FSU Swimmers Qualify for Championship Finals During Prelims on Day Three of the ACC Championships

Feb. 24, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 16 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team concluded day two prelims by placing eight in championship finals and five in consolation finals. Today’s prelims included the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back.

Senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) earned a tie for the top spot in the 100 fly championship final as he recorded an NCAA “B” cut time of 47.61 while classmate Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) as earned a spot in the championship final as he took fifth in 48.67.

Sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) finished second in the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:36.99 to qualify for championship final. He will be joined by junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) who both also recorded NCAA “B” cut times as they finished sixth (1:37.81) and eighth (1:38.65), respectively.

Sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and junior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) qualified for the 100 breast championship final as they each recorded NCAA “B” cut times. Jamerson finished second in 54.81while Erben took third in 55.21.

Sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) took third in the 100 back in 48.97 to qualify for the championship final.

Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) and sophomore Danny Keeling qualified for the consolation finals of the 400 IM as they finished 10th (3:56.84) and 11th (3:57.21), respectively.

Sophomore Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) finished 14th in the 100 fly in 49.62 to earn a spot in the consolation final.

Senior Jered Hiene (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Marais qualified for the consolation finals of the 100 back as the finished 14th (50.06) and 16th (50.52), respectively.

Florida State leads with 237 points and is followed by Virginia (217), North Carolina (164.5), Georgia Tech (159.5), NC State (145), Clemson (141.5), Virginia Tech (126), Maryland (118.5), Duke (54), Boston College (42) and Miami (20).

Finals for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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