Jan. 14, 2006
DALLAS – The No. 14 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team concluded the Dallas Morning News Classic with a fourth place finish. No. 7 Florida took first with 342.5 points and was followed by No. 17 Northwestern (325), SMU (296), Florida State (247), Washington (223) and No. 19 Notre Dame (222.5).
“We had some good results today,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I was very proud of the team. It has been a tough three days but it has been a good experience. Every race was very competitive and we gave it our all. To be able to come here and swim against top ten caliber teams and perform well I think puts us in good standing and helped prepare us for the ACC championships. Once we get some rest and are in a better environment with the whole team there then I think it will come a lot easier.”
Day two of the action got under way with the 500 free. Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) was the Seminoles’ top finisher as he took sixth with a time of 4:32.58. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) then took fifth place in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.80.
In the 200 back sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) finished in sixth in the championship final with a time of 1:52.95 while classmate Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Island) was the second finisher in the consolation final with a time of 1:49.84. Powell would later finish fifth in the championship final of the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.12.
“Ian Powell almost won the consolation final of the 200 back,” said Harper. “It was a very positive race for us to watch. He finished very hard and it was a great race for him. He also had a pretty strong 200 fly.”
In diving, freshman Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) finished third on the 3M with 315 points. He matched his performance from yesterday where he finished third on the 1M.
“He really did well,” said Harper. “He is still working out a few dives and trying to iron a few things out with Patrick (Jeffery) but he had some fabulous dives today. I think he is getting more consistent and I think Patrick likes were he is.”
Senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) was FSU’s top finisher in the 100 free as he took fifth with a time of 46.36. Sophomore Danny Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) was the first Seminole to touch the wall in the 200 IM as he took sixth in 1:54.84.
The Dallas Morning News Classic concluded with the 200 free relay. The Seminoles’ team of Roycik, Marais, sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished fifth with a time of 1:23.95.
“It was a good experience and test for us,” said Harper. “We were probably the least rested team here but I think we performed well and definitely came out of it with some positives.”
The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be back in for their final home meet of the season when they take on Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M, and Indian River C.C. on Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.