The Florida State men's swim team had a strong day at the ACC Championships, capturing three events while rewriting the record books in four events.
100 Back: 48.26
200 Back: 1:45.10
50 Free: 20.05
100 Free: 44.85
NCAA Honorable Mention All-American
Six-Time ACC Champion
Olympic Trial Qualifier
2007-08: Redshirted to compete in the South Africa Olympic Trials... placed second in the 50 back (26.33) and fifth in the 100 back (56.94) and the South African Olympic Trials.
2006-2007: Qualified for the South African Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 back... at the ACC Championships (Feb 21-24) Botha swept the backstroke events by winning the 100 and 200 in times of 48.26 and 1:45.44 in NCAA "B" cut times...swam the anchor leg in the 200 medley relay which finished first in a UNC pool record, FSU school record and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:27.71...finished fourth in the 50 free with a personal best NCAA "B" cut time of 20.05...finished second as a part of the 200 free relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:19.48 ...won the 200 back against Auburn (Jan. 27) with a time of 1:48.69...claimed fourth place in the 100 back at the Dallas Morning News Classic (Jan. 12-13) by touching the wall in 51.35...against LSU (Jan. 12) finished the 100 back in 49.82 to claim second... won the 100 back against rival Florida (Nov. 21) by touching the wall in a time of 48.98...took fourth in the 200 back and 50 free with times of 1:47.52 and 21.12 respectively...at the Janice H. Dowd Nike Cup (Nov. 16), Botha clocked in a new career best in the 200 back with a first place NCAA "B" cut time of 1:45.10...he also posted NCAA "B" cut time in the 50 free and 100 back with times of 20.18 and 48.69 to claim second and first places respectively...took first place in the 100 back against Florida Atlantic (Oct. 28) with a time of 51.69.
2005-06: Earned Honorable Mention All-American honors as a part of the 200 free relay that took 15th at the NCAA Championships (Mar. 23-25) with a time of 1:20.08...also competed in the 200 back placing 30th in 1:50.02... also swam as a part of the 200 medley relay that finished 17th (1:29.87) and the 400 medley relay that finished 19th (3:17.42)...was the only Seminole to earn individual gold at the ACC Championships (Feb. 22-25) winning the 200 back with a collegiate best and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:45.54...earned two more gold medals as a part of the winning 200 free and 400 free relays...scored points in three more events...placed fifth in the 100 back with a time of 49.25, took 12th in the 50 free in 20.61 and swam the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay that took the silver with a NCAA "B" time of 3:13.77...took first place in the 200 back at the Georgia Tech Invitational (Nov. 18-20) with a time 1:48.12...recorded a collegiate personal best in the 100 free with a time of 44.97 swimming the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay that finished fourth...won the 100 back at an ACC quad meet (Oct. 21-22) with a time of 51.01...finished second in the 200 back in 1:50.15 and was a part of three winning relays.
2004-05: Joined the Seminoles for the spring semester, competing in two dual meets before the ACC Championships (Feb. 23- 26)...scored points in all three events at the league summit, qualifying for the finals of both backstroke events...earned All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:46.26...time is an NCAA "B" Cut, rates third in school history and is the fastest by a Seminole in six years...tallied a sixth-place finish in the 100 backstroke, hitting the wall in 49.51...earned points with a 16th-place 20.60 in the 50 free. Member of the 400 medley relay that posted an NCAA "B" cut and second-place mark of 3:15.84...swam two personal-best times at the Auburn last chance meet, posting a 49.31 in the 100 backstroke that is the fifth-fastest in school history...Also touched in with a 45.61 during the 100 freestyle...placed in the top five of two of the three races he competed in during a pair of dual meets.
High School: Placed second at the 2003 South African Open National Swimming Championships in the 200 backstroke, while taking fourth in both the 50 and 100 back...converted career-best times of 49.21 and 1:47.32 in the 100 and 200 backstroke would ranked him in FSU top five...coached by Pierre de Roubaix at Paul Roos and Maties club team...member of the Student Council at Paul Roos.
Personal: Born March 10, 1985...majoring in finance...son of Pieter and Jenny Botha