TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University’s swim team and head coach Neil Harper received their first two commitments for next season with the signing of high school recruits Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) and Amanda Paulo (Spring Hill, Fla.) during the early signing period this fall. Roycik, a senior from Winter Park High School, and Paulo, a senior from Hudson High School, are the fist members of the Seminoles’ class of 2006.
“We are very excited about our two early signees,” stated Harper. “They are both Florida state high school champions and easily two of the best prospects coming out of Florida this year! They have also excelled in the classroom, which is another quality that we are looking for in today’s student-athletes. Both Joel and Amanda have the potential to challenge for individual ACC titles and NCAA All-American honors while they are at Florida State."
Roycik finished his prep career by winning two state titles. At the 2001 Florida High School Championships, Roycik placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.41, breaking the state record in the process. He also won the 100-yard butterfly in 49.53. This marked the second time Roycik won the 50 free state title after winning it as a junior at 21.03. As a junior, Roycik also competed in the 100 fly state final, placing second with a time of 50.68. Roycik excels in the classroom as well, currently holding a 3.4 grade point average.
Paulo comes to FSU as a three-time state champion in the 100-yard backstroke. As a senior, Paulo won the 100 back title at 58.03, and she placed seventh in the 50 free final with a time of 24.78. During her junior season, Paulo won the 100 back with a time of 56.20 and placed second in the 50 free at 24.04. Paulo won her first 100 back title as a sophomore. Paulo currently holds a 3.5 GPA and will be graduating with honors.