Feb. 23, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C.
On the third day of the 2007 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, Florida State widened their margin over defending champion Virginia. Florida State scored 243 points on the day to lift their meet total to 500 points. In the evening session, Seminole swimmers won two events and claimed a silver and bronze medal.
The last individual event of the evening was the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) took the gold medal in an NCAA “B” cut time of 48.26. Junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) finished eighth with a time of 49.77. Freshman Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.) took tenth place points with his second place finish in the consolation final. Padgett swam a time of 49.30.
He’s (Botha) been strong all year,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “He really pushed it tonight to see what he could so. He used a little too much leg going out, but fortunately got ahead enough that he could bring it home. I’m really proud of him for winning that race. He’s a great team leader, and there is more where that comes from.”
For the second night in a row, Seminoles claimed multiple medals in the same event. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) took the silver medal in the 200-yard freestyle with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:37.05. Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) also claimed All-ACC honors as he took the bronze medal in an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:37.42. Junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) won the consolation final to take ninth place points with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:37.85.
“That was just such an inspirational swim for us,” added Coach Harper. “Those guys were out in lanes one and two. They are supposed to get fifth and seventh from there. For Alex to take it out fast like that, it just showed his experience, he showed his seniority. He was a great captain leading the way. It showed that he was a man and he was going to lay it on the line. That worked in Kyle’s favor too because Alex took him out and Kyle kept him at bay. And Kyle just touched him out. To get two and three in that event was phenomenal. It was a great boost for out team.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, four Seminoles scored points led by junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) who claimed the silver medal All-ACC honors with an NCAA “B” cut time of 53.98. Senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) earned sixth place with a time of 55.57. Freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.) finished in seventh place in a time of 55.67. Freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) swam to a seventh place finish in the consolation final to secure 15th place points in a time of 56.69.
The final event of the evening was the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Botha, Jamerson, Kennon and Denton took the gold medal in an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:14.25. Virginia touched the wall 25 hundredths of a second behind the Seminoles, but would later be disqualified for an improper relay exchange.
“We kind of mixed up the order by leading off with Jarryd,” said Coach Harper. “Billy had a great split. We rolled the dice with Alex. He’s a great butterflyer, but he only gets to swim the 100-fly once or twice a year. He did a great job to keep us in contention enough for Ed to anchor it. A phenomenal anchor leg by Ed. It really capped off a great day, and for them to be ACC Champions and All-ACC was a credit to them.”
Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) took fourth place in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 3:53.16. The freshman duo of Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) took 19th and 21st place respectively in times of 4:01.52 and 4:02.83.
The Seminoles scored twice in the 100-yard butterfly. Powell took seventh place with a time of 49.80. The swim was Ian’s first of two swims in the night session. Junior Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) took eighth place honors in the consolation final to earn 16th place points with a time of 49.65. Senior Mark Nichols (Charlotte, N.C.) claimed 17th place with a win in the bonus consolation final. He swam a time of 49.31. Sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) gained last-minute entry into the event with a series of scratches. He swam a time of 51.11 to earn 24th place honors.
Included in tonight’s point total is the 3-meter diving event which was contested last weekend. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won his first All-ACC honor by scoring 398.90 points in a runner up performance on the three meter board. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) matched his 2006
performance in the event with a fourth place finish. Tilbrook’s score of 363.10 is his highest total of the season. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed seventh in the final with 342.68 points. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored 303.65 points in the preliminary round to nab him the 12th place. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed 15th with 270.80 points, it is the highest finish for Jones in his career at he ACC Championships.
“I think that Virginia out-swam us this morning as a team,” said Coach Harper. “But, our guys made the most of every swim we had in the night session. Every guy that had a swim stepped forward and gave it his all. Everyone that didn’t have a swim was up front and cheering, believing in their team. It was another great team effort. These are the things that memories are made of. Now they realize that they have to put it together in the morning. We have to get a great performance in the morning session. We’ve got to bring it tomorrow morning if we’re going to have any chance of winning this meet.”
The final day of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. The first early heats of the 1650-yard Freestyle will start at 5:00, with the final heat leading off the night session. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select. For more information log onto www.accselect.com