Feb. 20, 2007
The Match Up
The 15th ranked Florida State men’s swimming team travels to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the 54th annual ACC Swimming Championships. The Seminoles look to de-throne Virginia who has won the team title for the last eight seasons and improve upon their second place finish at the 2006 ACC Championships.
The last meet for the Seminoles was a dual meet at home against defending national champion Auburn. The Seminoles fell to the Tigers by a 133-108 score on Senior Day. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) won the 1650-yard freestyle in an NCAA “B” cut time of 15:28.67. He came back a mere five minutes later to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.45. To finish his three-peat, he won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:29.10. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) took top honors in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:48.69. Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) earned a NCAA “B” cut time in a runner-up performance in the 1650-yard freestyle. He touched the wall in a time of 15:31.03.
Last year at the ACC Championships
For the fourth consecutive time, the Seminoles finished in the runner-up position to ACC Champion Virginia. Florida State’s second place finish was only 8.5 points behind the score of the Cavilers. The garnet and gold claimed three gold medals and four All-ACC performances. Botha won the 200-yard backstroke. The relay team of Botha, senior Alex Kennon, (Winter Haven, Fla.) junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and Joel Roycik claimed the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. Earning All-ACC honors was current junior Young in the 1650-yard freestyle. Former Noles Roycik, Danny Keeling and Carl Marias earned the honors in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke respectively.
Watch the ACCtion on ACC Select
For the first time the ACC will be providing live streaming video of the 2007 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships. The webcasts will show the finals and award ceremonies each night beginning at 7:00 p.m. You can follow the preliminary heats via the live results link on www.seminoles.com.