Nov. 19, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- After a successful weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational the Florida State swimming and diving team is getting right back in the pool against rival Florida Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m.
The No. 23 ranked men and the No. 20 ranked women will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to face the No. 6 ranked men and No. 7 ranked women teams in the country. FSU head coach Neil Harper believes this is another chance for his young teams to gain valuable experience.
“It’ll be an exciting meet,” said Harper. “This is what our kids train for, when you go to college and remember these types of high-powered, rivalry meets. Everyone wants to step up and have an opportunity to make the most out of their race.”
Last season marked the first time in school history that the Seminole women beat the Gators in the pool, as they pulled out a 162-138 victory in Tallahassee, Fla. On the men’s side, FSU completed the sweep with a 172-128 win.
“For our program, we’ve certainly come quite a long ways,” said Harper. “It’s not easy (to sweep) Florida and we don’t take that feat lightly. I think it just enabled us to know that it can be done and we need to continue to work hard.”
It will be a quick turnaround for the Seminoles after spending the weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. Florida State took home first place on both the men’s and women’s sides. Both teams combined for 19 NCAA “B” qualifying swims during the weekend including seven from freshman Lowri Tynan (Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales).
“After traveling back from Atlanta after a three day meet I’m looking for mental toughness from our team,” said Harper. “Being able to step up and not let anything get in the way. I think a lot of people in this situation would be looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I think we will be able to take another step forward.”
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