Jan. 12, 2007
Dallas, Texas - Florida State's men's swimming and diving team finished a day that took nine of the athletes to two competitions staged over 400 miles apart late on Friday, January 12th. After narrowly falling to Louisiana State 146-154 in the morning, the nine athlete contingent jumped on a flight for Dallas, they swam in the opening day of the Dallas Morning News Classic a mere seven hours after finishing the LSU meet. The Classic is taking place at the Perkins Natatorium on the campus of SMU.
"These three teams are really prepared, they were in their fast suits," commented Head Coach Neil Harper We look like we have just came back from a three-week training camp, and we've been on the road for a couple days, and we swam a dual meet this morning which is exactly what we have done. They look like they have come here prepared; this is all that counts for them. It will be a long weekend, but we are trying to keep our spirits high and try to race as good as we can."
In the opening event of the day, the 400-yard medley relay team of junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), freshman Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.), senior Jarryd Botha (Worchester, South Africa) and junior Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) finished in fourth place in a time of 3:29.29. Event two was the 400-yard individual medley, in which senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) stepped up to record a time of 4:02.54, landing him in fourth place for the event.
In the 200 freestyle, Denton represented the Seminoles with a fourth place time of 1:43.1 The next event was the 50 meter freestyle, where senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) logged a time of 21.16, placing him as fourth quickest. The lone diving event of the night was the one-meter springboard. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) gave the Seminoles their best result of the night with a six dive total of 307.75 placing him second. With the score, Frebel surpasses the NCAA Zone qualifying standard for the fourth time this season.
The sixth event of the night was the 100-yard butterfly, in which Kennon touched the wall with a time of 51.80. The 100-yard backstroke was swam by Botha who clocked in with a time of 51.35, relegating him to fourth on the chart. The final individual event of the evening was the 100-yard breaststroke, where Thacker checked in with a fourth place time of 57.83. The 800-yard freestyle event was the final event of the evening. The team of junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.), Kennon, Roof and Denton finished in 6:52.08, placing them fourth.
"From the opposition, we're going to get much of the same stuff," added Harper, "three teams that are prepared and have made this a priority for them to swim fast in their fast suits and they look sharp. We just need to get a good nights rest and see how we do in just one meet tomorrow and give them some races."
The 25th annual Dallas Morning News Classic concludes on Saturday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m. CST. Live results can be found by going to www.smumustangs.cstv.com.