Men's Swimming & Diving
State men's swimming and diving team heads into its most important time of year
with the biggest dual meet of the season against ACC rival Virginia on Thursday. With momentum going into February's ACC
Championships on the line, the Seminoles hope to knock off the two-time
defending conference champions right here in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are once again led by
senior Andy Hodgson in the pool and senior Terry Horner on the boards. Hodgson is the conference record holder
and defending ACC Champion in the 200 back while Horner looks to add to his
already historic resume of six All-American honors, including a NCAA
Championship on the one-meter board in 2007. Horner is joined this season by fellow All-American Landon
Marzullo, a transfer from Indiana.
The duo has dominated the boards in 2009-10 placing first and second in
every one and three-meter competition.
In the water, a
pair of talented breaststrokers in senior Scott Thacker and junior Rob
Holderness help make the 'Noles tough to beat. Juniors Ian Rowe and Robby Hayes round out a group of seven
who competed in individual events for FSU at last season's NCAA Championships
and hope to once again make it to the season ending event in March.
In the water, a
Women's Swimming & Diving
women swimmers and divers will also tangle with the Cavaliers on Thursday,
looking to prove themselves against the three-time defending ACC Champions. The women are paced by a young group of
phenoms led by sophomore backstroker Stephanie Sarandos and freshman
breaststroker Kristine Polley.
Sarandos is the lone Seminole who qualified for the NCAA Championships
last season and looks to make a return trip in 2010. Polley has already made a splash for FSU with the
conference's top mark in the 200 breast to date and ACC Performer of the Week
honors for her pair of victories in the 100 and 200 breast at the Georgia Tech
On the boards Florida
State is paced by honorable mention All-American Aleia Monden and a host of
talented performers. This may be
one of diving coach Patrick Jeffrey's deepest teams, making the Seminoles
difficult to beat whether it is on the one-meter, three-meter, or platform.
If the fall season was any indication, the Seminoles should
be poised for great things in 2010.
Masters and U.S. Open Participant Drew Kittleson leads an
experienced bunch that will look to make a run at their second ACC title in
three years. The Seminoles also
return seniors Seath Lauer and Cameron Knight, along with ACC Freshman of the
Year Brooks Koepka, who welcome freshmen Doug Letson and Michael Hebert to the
The 'Noles begin their spring season out at the Hawaii Hilo
Invitational on February 3rd.
Be sure to come see Florida State in action as they host the Seminole
Intercollegiate on March 12-14.
Although All-American Caroline Westrup has graduated,
Florida State returns a wealth of talent including senior Lacey Agnew and
junior Macarena Silva.
Silva won her first career tournament last fall at the
Bettie Lou Evans Invitational, leading the 'Noles to a tournament win in
Kentucky, and Agnew placed second at the Cougar Fall Classic along with a
subsequent second place team finish.
Florida State also welcomes freshmen Gen King and Jessica
Negron to the 2010 squad. The
Seminoles open up the spring season at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on February
The 'Noles will also play in a nearby tournament in Valdosta,
Ga. at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on March 1st, so be sure to
come support Florida State in early March.
Men's Track & Field
There is only
one goal for the Florida State men's track and field program: win a National
Championship. Head Coach Bob
Braman's squad will once again be favored to do just that as the Seminoles
begin the indoor season ranked number one in the country. The Garnet and Gold return two of the
best in the nation in senior Charles Clark and junior Ngoni Makusha. Clark is a three-time NCAA Champion and
the reigning 200 meter outdoor champion, and Makusha is the two-time defending outdoor
long jump champion. The 'Noles
will also be bolstered by the return of indoor National Champion Gonzalo
Barroilhet, who missed last years NCAA meet with an injury. FSU will also have one half of the
Borlee twins returning to Tallahassee as Kevin will once again run the 400
meter for the Seminoles. The men
hope to continue their impressive streak of ACC Championships during both the
indoor and outdoor season, as well as compete for a first indoor National
Championship and fourth outdoor title.
There is only
Women's Track & Field
Not to be kept
in the shadows, the Florida State women's track and field team has quietly
become one of the top programs in the nation. The Seminole women begin the indoor season ranked number
four in the country and look to push towards that number one position. Three-time National Champion and ACC
Performer of the year Kim Williams will pace FSU in field events along with
last year's pleasant surprise, All-American thrower Allyn Laughlin. On the track, the Garnet and Gold will
strike a great balance between sprint and distance events. Junior All-American hurdler Teona
Rodgers will pace the sprint group while senior All-American Pilar McShine will
top the distance runners. Florida
State will once again have a target on their backs in the ACC as the women look
to repeat as both indoor and outdoor champions in 2010.
Not to be kept