October 7, 2010 - by
Dual Meets Season Begins

Oct. 7, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to take on Florida Atlantic on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Seminoles will then face new program Nova Southeastern on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The women will also face Florida International on Friday.

“It’s exciting to get out of town,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Anytime you get on the road it’s a time for the team to band together. I think the kids are relishing this opportunity to get on the road and compete.”

Florida State opened the season with a second-place finish at the State of Florida Invite in Gainesville, Fla., and hope to build of a successful meet. FSU has never lost to Florida Atlantic going a combined 41-0 against the Owls including a pair of victories last season.

“We compete against Florida Atlantic every year,” Harper said. “Plus we’ve picked up Florida International on the women’s side which give the women another chance to compete.”

This will be the first meeting between the Garnet and Gold and Nova Southeastern who are beginning its first year of competition. The meet will be a great opportunity for Nova to get their feet wet and learn how to compete at a high level.

“Nova Southeastern has just started their program,” Harper said. “They’re happy to have one of the top teams in the state coming down to swim in their facility and anything we can do to help bring exposure to the sport of swimming we’re happy to do.”

Holderness Top Eight in 50 Breast

Senior Rob Holderness qualified for the finals in the 50 breast at the Commonwealth Games in Dehli, India. The Somerset, England native touched in eighth position with a time of 28.74. However, Holderness not compete in the final because he withdrew to focus on his best event, the 200 breast, which begins on Saturday with the preliminary heats.

“Rob is really excited about where he is right now,” Harper said. “He wisely pulled out of the 50 so he can focus on his 200 on Saturday morning. The event is just prelims and finals so he has to be fast in the morning to make top eight.”

For results and recaps from this weekend’s meets, log onto www.seminoles.com


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