March 16, 2007
Minneapolis, Minn. –
With two days in the book, the Florida State men’s swimming and diving team is in position to earn its best finish in the last eight years at the NCAA Championships. With 14 events in the book, the Seminoles find themselves in 17th place with 42 points. FSU earned points in two events durring the second night of competition.
Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) was not able to repeat the success from the Thursday night, however he was able to earn his second All-American finish of the championship meet. Horner finished eighth with a score of 383.15 only seven hunderedths of a point out of seventh place. In the morning’s trial round, Horner earned the fourth seed with a score of 377.05.
“Terry had another great day,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. Take away a missed dive on his first dive of the finals and he’s up there competing for the championship. One All-American and four Honorable Mention All-Americans is a great day.”
Horner is the first Seminole to earn two All-American honors at the same meet since Brandon Dedekind claimed All-American honors in the 100-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle at the 1999 championship meet. Horner joins Curt Genders and Olympic gold medalist Phil Boggs as the only Seminoles to win the one-meter and go on to earn All-American honors in the three-meter at the same championships.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team consisting of junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.), senior captain Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.), junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) and senior captain Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished in 15th with a time of 6:30.40. The team earns FSU’s first relay honorable mention All-America finish since 2005 when the Seminole finished 16th in the 800 Free relay.
“I was really happy for the guys in the 800 free relay,” said Harper. “That was a legitimate Honorable Mention All-American swim. It was a quick time and all the guys swam good splits. That was four big points to end the day.
Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships with a 35th place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Jameson touched the wall in a time of 54.73. He will swim in his other event, the 200-yard breaststroke in the final day of competition.
The third and final day of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships will begin Friday with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m CDT. Tomorrow the Seminoles will compete in the 1650 free, (Roof, Young) 100-yard freestyle, (Kennon, Denton) 200-yard breaststroke (Jamerson) and 400-freestyle relay.