Jan. 13, 2005
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The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State Men at Dallas Morning News Classic
Perkins Natatorium -- Dallas, Texas
Friday-Saturday, January 14-15, 7:30 p.m. (CST)
#24 Men: (9-2, 4-0 ACC)
The Nuts & Bolts:
Men's Team Takes Trip to Prestigious Dallas Morning News Classic
After more than a month since its last full competition, the Florida State University men's swimming and diving team will be back in the water when it travels to the 23rd Annual Dallas Morning News Classic, hosted by SMU. The two-day event features six of the best teams in the country, including four top-25 teams. Competition begins with nine events at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday, January 14, with final nine taking place the same time on Saturday.
Seminoles Among Four Rated Teams at DMN Classic
Some familiar faces will be in the pool with the 24th-ranked Seminoles at the DMN Classic. Already this season, Florida State has taken on third-ranked Florida and No. 8 California. The fourth team in the top-25 is No. 19 Texas A&M, who the Seminoles swam last year. Rounding out the half-dozen teams is host SMU and Arizona State. The best race of the meet should be the 400 free relay where five teams are ranked national in the top 20.
Different Format Prevails in Big D
The Dallas Morning News Classic is different than most events held throughout the year. Each team is only allowed two swimmers per event with one in the finals and the other in the consolations and one diver. Making the trip for FSU will be: Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.), Thomas Bishop (Houston, Texas), Edward Denton (Maidenhead, England), Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), Dan Keeling (Westminster, Colo.), Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio), Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.).
Due to conflicts, the Seminoles had to cancel a pair of meets in January, but they have now added one to the ledger. Originally, Florida State was schedule to take on LSU January 22, but when the Tigers canceled, the Seminoles added Florida A&M to the schedule. The cross-town rivals will meet on Thursday, January 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Leach Center. FSU finishes the regular season at home with defending national champion Auburn on January 29 at 11 a.m.
Jamerson Wins Two Events at Georgia Fall Invitational
Anyone had hadn't taken notice of freshman Billy Jamerson yet certainly got an awakening after the rookie's performance at the Georgia Fall Invitational. The freshman phenom won both breaststroke events and nearly set a school record. He posted a 54.49 at the 100-yard distance, ranking him fifth in FSU lore, while his 1:58.74 in the 200 is just .44 off the school mark. Nationally, his times are the second fastest by a freshman and rate Jamerson 13th and 11th, respectively.
Men Finish Second, Women Take Fourth at UGA Fall Invitational
Florida State finished the fall season with a strong showing at the Georgia Fall Invitational with the men taking second place at 860.50 points and the women fourth with 472. Posting the women's lone win of the meet was diver Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) as she took the one-meter title. Both McClow and Billy Jamerson were named ACC Performer of the Week for their efforts.