TALLAHASSEE, Florida, October 19. TERRY Horner's not going to give up his National Championship quietly. The sophomore from Orlando, Fla. set a new school record and broke the 400 point mark for the first time in his career on the 1 meter board with a score of 400.75 as Florida State defeated Florida A&M and Miami.
"Last weekend at Georgia Tech he had a great performance and this weekend he topped it," said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. "Having your best score and breaking the school record at the second dual meet of the year; and he's not even in diving shape yet, we're very pleased with that and we're looking forward to a huge year for him."
Horner, the defending NCAA champion on the 1m board, also won the three meter competition with a score of 387.60 leading Florida State to three wins in the four diving events. Sophomore Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) was victorious on the one meter board (262.20) as the Seminoles went toe-to-toe with one of the best diving programs in the country.
"Miami traditionally is one of the premier diving teams in the country," said Jeffrey. "Winning three out of four diving events is really exciting."
In the pool, both the men's and women's teams were impressive, winning all but two races during the meet. The result is even more impressing considering the amount of work the Seminoles are putting in at practice.
"We knew that after the Georgia Tech meet that this would be another week in which we needed to get another hard week of practice in," said head Coach Neil Harper. "It looks like we worked hard and really stepped up the game in training which we did."
On the men's side, sophomore Scott Thacker swept the breaststroke events. The Lynchburg, Va. native won the 100 breast (56.78) and the 200 breast in a time of 2:08.52. Reigning ACC Performer of the Week Scott Baker (Lake Mary, Fla.) won the 50 free in a time of 20.65. Seniors Matt Hammond (100 free), and Ian Powell (200 free) and Mike Rice (butterfly) all took home event victories as well. Sophomores Shawn Erickson (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Lloyd Owens (Oviedo, Fla.) both won events. Erickson was victorious in the 400 IM (4:09.34) while Owens won the 500 free (4:49.80). Freshmen Ian Rowe (200 back) and Mat Shead (100 back) round out the event winners for the men.
"Scott Thacker and Scott Baker both looked good in their events," said Harper. "We mixed it up in some events on the guy's side and I don't feel like we wasted a spot. The guy's team did well."
On the women's side four Seminoles won two events. Junior Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) won the 200 free (1:51.74) and 500 free in a time of 4:58.32. Freshmen Lowri Tynan and C.J. Hendry both swept their respective events. Tynan (Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales) won the 100 breast (1:05.34) and 200 breast (2:22.04) while Hendry (Evans, Ga.) won the 100 back (57.21) and tied freshman Holly Mills for the 200 back victory in a time of 2:02.33. Another freshman, Brittany Selts (Miami, Fla.) was victorious in the 100 fly (57.00) and the 50 (23.78). Senior Lindsay Kenney (200 fly) and junior Caroline Robertson (1000 free) rounded out event winners on the women's side.
"Top to bottom, the sprint group, the distance group we're stepping it up," said Harper. "I applaud all of the hard work and the work ethic and the team spirit that they have."
Special thanks to Florida State for contributing this report.