Oct. 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated LSU tonight in a gutsy performance at the Morcom Aquatics Center with the scores of 161-139 for the men (1-0) and 179-116 for the women (3-0).
“It’s a great feeling to get a big win against LSU,” head coach Neil Harper said. “I’m just proud of the kids and it was a great team effort. We relied on everyone tonight and they did their part and it paid off.”
In his first meet before taking off for the Pan-American Games, senior Mateo De Angulo matched his performances from last weekend by posting three individual first places. His first came in the 1000 free with the time of 9:20.94. Just minutes later, he posted a 1:39.36 in the 200 free matching his season high of which he set week in Gainesville. He countered with a victory in the 500 free with a time of 4:31.43.
Gutting it out and touching the wall first in the sprint events were juniors Mark Weber in the 50 free who posted a 20.38 and Trice Bailey in the 100 free at 45.76. Also taking a first was freshman Juan Sequera in the 200 IM, touching with a 1:52.55.
The Seminoles were strong on the boards this evening where both the men and the women took first places on one and three meter. In fact, the men’s trio punched in and swept first, second and third place on one-meter, just in time to secure the victory for the Noles. Leading that serge was senior Mike Neubacher who posted a score of 347.03. In second was freshman Ford McLiney at 337.13 and sophomore Mike Neubacher was 329.78, all well ahead of the next competitor. On three meter, McLiney took the top spot with a 361.80 and Mike Neubacher would follow with a 358.80. With those scores, all three men have qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships.
The women’s team swam to four sweeps this evening beginning with the 1000 free. Senior Charlotte Broadbent touched first with a time of 10:06.63, followed by sophomore Julia Henkel with a 10:09.35 and rounding out in third was junior Corey Allison at 10:29.24.
The sweeps would continue in the 100 back with senior Stephanie Sarandos winning the event at 56.56. Junior Caroline Smith touched in second with a time of 57.13 and sophomore Ashley Hicks grabbed third with a 57.74.
The final one, two, three punch would be done in the 200 back with Sarandos claiming another victory at 2:00.78. Smith followed in second at 2:02.50 and freshman Haley Powell was third with a time of 2:02.50.
Sophomore Kelsey Goodman dove to a first place finish on one meter with a score of 286.20 and junior Ariel Rittenhouse claimed victory on three meter, posting a 307.05. Goodman would follow her with a 292.35.
The Seminoles will be back in the pool for tomorrow’s match ups against Alabama and South Carolina at 11 am. Several promotions will be running for the meet, including “Paint it Pink” and senior recognition. The Noles will also host a youth clinic following the conclusion of the meet.