November 2, 2011 - by
A Tough Fight

Nov. 2, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three days after their last competition, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dropped their matches to the University of Florida today with the scores of 176-119 for the women (8-1,3-0) and 175-121 on the men’s side (5-2, 1-1).

The Seminoles put up a good fight turning in 25 season- best performances. “It was a hard fought meet,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We swam tired and I thought our kids came in here and really battled.”

Leading the way for the Seminoles were the divers, as they swept the men’s 1-meter event with freshman Ford McLiney in first with a score of 357. 45. Second was sophomore Tom Neubacher with 341.03 and brother senior Mike Neubacher followed in third, posting a 324.30. Tom Neubacher would go on to take the 3-meter event with a score of 364.65.

Junior Brad Morrison stepped up and turned in a first place for the Noles recording his top time of the season in the 200 back at 1:50.91.
Finishing the meet, the men’s 400 free relay would take first place as they posted a time of 3:00.25 with the team of junior Mark Weber, junior Trice Bailey, sophomore Paul Murray and senior Mateo De Angulo.

Junior Ariel Rittenhouse took first and posted her best score of the season on the women’s 3-meter with a 348.50, besting her previous mark by 15 points. The next closest competitor in the event was 40 points behind.

Sophomore Melissa Cooper won her first 100 breast of the season as she touched in at 1:03.99, posting her top time of the year.

Claiming first place in the 200 IM was senior Tori Richmond who swam a 2:02.47. She also recorded her fastest 200 breast time of the season at 2:19.67.

In a solid effort, senior Stephanie Sarandos posted two top times of the season in the 100 back she swam a time of 56.02 and in the 200 back she got under that two minuet barrier, posting a 1:59.37.

Next up for the Seminoles is the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 18-20.

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