March 15, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
This week, the 15th ranked Florida State men’s swimming and diving team travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 84th annual NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Seminoles look to improve on their 33rd place finish in last year’s national meet. Florida State has six student-athletes taking part in the event.
2006 NCAA Championships
For the second consecutive season, and third time in the last four years, Seminoles earned points at the 2006 NCAA Championships. The team finished in 33rd place with 12 points by earning Honorable Mention All-American honors in three events. Then junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished 15th in the 1650-yard freestyle, while the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams finished in 15th and 14th place respectively.
The 2007 ACC Championships ended as none had before for the FSU men’s team. The Seminoles captured their first team title with a true team effort to take the trophy from Virginia who had held it for the past eight years. Seven Seminoles won ACC titles in eight events. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) won two events and took silver medals in two more to earn the meet MVP honor. Florida State earned 18 medals, by far the most of any school.
Senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) seized the day at the ACC Championships by taking top honors in the 50-yard freestyle and as a part of the 400-yard medley relay team. Factoring in a bronze medal in the 200-yard freestyle and silver medals in the
200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays; Kennon helped the team earn 178 of the 714 points en route to FSU’s first men’s ACC Championship in school history.
Setting The Bar High…
ACC and national freshman of the year candidate Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) has been making a name for himself all season by diving straight into the nations elite. With his 401.65 point performance off the three-meter board against UNC-Wilmington to start 2007, he set a new school record and received ACC Performer of the Week recognition as a result. In his first appearance on the national stage two weeks ago at the NCAA Zone “B” Championships, Horner set a new school record off the one-meter board with a mark of 391.10 to advance to this weekend’s national meet.
If you can’t make it to the meet, keep up to date with Seminoles.com for complete coverage of the event.