Nov. 6, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a career performance on Saturday, sophomore Connor Knight was named as the ACC Male Swimmer of the Week by the league office on Tuesday. Knight is the fourth Seminole to be recognized with the weekly honors this season.
“I’m excited for him and how he’s shown a glimpse for potential this year,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Last year for him ended in disappointment, but he’s had a great summer and came back this fall and dedicated himself to the cause. He helps us win meets and we’re looking forward to see what he can do in the next couple of weeks. He’s very deserving and it’s great to see his hard work paying off. ”
This season, Knight is undefeated in both the 100 and 200 fly events. This weekend against Emory and Florida Southern, the Juno Beach native continued that streak as he took more time off his personal bests in both events. He first swam a 1:48.22 in the 200 and later in the meet Knight dropped another second off his best 100 time and posted an NCAA B standard of a 48.13.
After just four meets in the books, Knight has shaved off over two seconds in the 100 fly and almost four in the 200, which moves him up as the eighth fastest in the 100 and 12th best in the 200 in the NCAA this season. He also ranks as the second fastest in both distances in the ACC.
“The good thing about this is instead of always highlighting our best athletes we have several of our swimmers and divers stepping up,” Harper said. “That’s our theme this year. Not one person is going to win Florida State a team championship on their own, it’s going to take a team effort. On any given weekend anyone could step up and dominate and grab this honor. We have a tough schedule and we compete against ranked teams, so our performances have to be good against a high level of competition. We’ll have to bring our `A’ game in the next couple of meets and we want people to step up and it’s great to see that Connor is doing so in the early going.”
Along with the rest of the Florida State swimming and diving teams, Knight will be challenged to keep his unbeaten streak alive as Florida comes to Tallahassee for a dual meet on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center. On the men’s side, the Gators are the top-ranked program in the country, where the women are listed at No. 11. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com, Twitter (@FSU_Swimming) and Facebook for more information.