January 13, 2006 - by
FSU Men’s Swimming and Diving Fourth after First Day of the Dallas Morning News Classic

Jan. 13, 2006


DALLAS – After the first day of the Dallas Morning News Classic the No. 14 Florida State Men’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place. No. 7 Florida leads the meet with 168.5 points and is followed by No. 17 Northwestern (162), Southern Methodist (152), Florida State (128), No. 19 Notre Dame (113.5) and Washington (104).

“I knew that we were swimming tired, being the second day of a three day trip,” said head coach Neil Harper. “We had some better responses today. We are right there with our competition. I think we went out and gave it our best. The times were pretty good considering and I’m satisfied with our performance today.”

“Florida and Northwestern are both top ten caliber teams and are going to battle it out for the top spot,” said Harper. “SMU is right up there as well and in order for us to give them a run for it we are going to have to pick it up again. If we can get some rest tonight and wake up fresh and ready to go then we might be able to make a run at SMU and hold off Notre Dame and Washington.”

The meet got under way with the 400 medley relay. Florida State’s team of senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.), junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomores Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Island) and Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) took fifth place with a time of 3:22.18.

Sophomore Dan Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) was the first Seminole to touch the wall in the 400 IM as he took sixth with a time of 4:05.54.

Sophmore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) was FSU’s top finisher in the 200 free as he took fourth place in 1:42.04. Marais would later finish sixth in the 100 back in 52.81. Roycik placed fifth in two events; the 50 free (21.25) and 100 fly (50.24).

Jamerson picked up Florida State’s best individual swimming finish of the night as he took third in the 100 breast with a time of 56.17.

In the only diving event of the day, the 3M, freshman Alex Tilbrook finished in third with 297.20 points.

Day one of the Dallas Morning News Classic came to an end with the 800 free relay. The FSU team of Jamerson, Powell, Marais and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished the night on a good note for the Seminoles as they took third with a time of 6:51.45.

The Dallas Morning News Classic will conclude tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. (CST). The No.17 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will be in action tomorrow as well as they host Miami at 2:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bobby E. Leach Center.

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