September 26, 2008 - by
Florida State Swimming And Diving Cap Preseason With Garnet Vs. Gold Meet

Sept. 26, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– The Florida State swimming and diving team had a strong showing at the annual Garnet vs. Gold meet Friday, at the Morcom Aquatic Center.  The Gold team swept the men’s and women’s meets winning on the men’s side 128-126 and 127-108 for the women.

“They team raced well and really supported each other,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said.  “We’ve been at it now for four weeks and the kids have been working hard and to get something going on a Friday afternoon was something to be proud of.

The men’s meet came down to the final race the 200 free relay.  The Garnet team had a three point lead, but the Gold team of redshirt seniors Jarryd Botha and Ed Denton, and juniors Dan Bradford and Corey Swanson won the final event by .2 seconds to give the Gold team the victory.  The men had several multiple event winners led by redshirt senior Kyle Young who was victorious in the 1000 free (9:24.41), 500 free (4:36.62) and the 400 individual medley (4:07.01).  Newcomer, junior Andy Hodgson was also impressive sweeping the backstroke events.  He won the 100 back in a time of 50.06 and the 200 back touching the wall in 1:51.01.  Botha took home two event wins as well winning the 50 free (21.41) and 200 individual medley (1:56.47).  Sophomore Robby Hayes swam four individual events and came away with two wins touching first in the 100 fly (52.21) and 200 fly (1:57.29).

“I think the thing that stuck out was that we have the potential to be good,” Harper said.  “What our guys team needs to realize that we aren’t going to win meets with guys who can win races, we’re going to win meets with guys who can step up and get second, third and fourth place finishes.”

The women were paced by freshman Stephanie Sarandos who captured wins in three events.  She started the afternoon with a victory in the 100 back (57.76) and followed that up with a win in the 200 back (2:04.00).  She finished the day with one last victory in the 200 individual medley (2:09.05).  Junior Stevi Steinhauer was also impressive sweeping the sprint free events winning the 50 free (23.60) and 100 free (52.28).  Sophomore Jocelyn Phillips rounded out the multiple event winners for the women by being victorious in the 200 free (1:54.51) and 500 free (5:02.02).

“I think that both Stevi [Steinhauer] and Stephanie [Sarandos] swam well,” Harper said.  “I also thought we showed great depth.  We had a lot of girls swim great and get second and third place finishes.  That’s something on the women’s side we have gotten better at.”

The Seminole’s will begin their dual-meet season on Friday, October 4, when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to take on Florida Atlantic and Florida International at 5:00 p.m.  For a recap and results visit


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