November 13, 2008 - by
Florida State Swimming And Diving Heads To Virginia To Square-Off Against A Pair Of Ranked Opponents

Nov. 13, 2008


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – The Florida State swimming and diving team will face its toughest test of the season as the Seminoles travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia and Penn State in a two day dual meet beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.


“We’re going to travel up north and see what kind of a team we’re made of,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said.  “I think the great thing for us is that both teams are ranked higher than we are and I think that is an incentive for us and a can’t lose situation.”


The No. 23-ranked Seminole men (5-0, 1-0) look to upend the 12th-ranked Cavaliers (4-1, 2-0) and the 15th-ranked Nittany Lions (2-1) to move up in the polls.  Virginia won the 2008 ACC Championship and have won nine out of the last 10 ACC titles.  The only exception during that time was in 2007 when Florida State knocked-off the Cavs.  On the women’s side FSU (7-1, 2-0) will look to upset 13th-ranked Virginia (4-0, 2-0) and 19th-ranked Penn St. (2-1-1).  The Cavalier women are also the defending ACC champions.


“In swimming you very rarely see a lower ranked team beat a higher ranked team,” Harper said.  “We’re going to see what kind of character we have on this team.  We have nothing to lose and we have an opportunity to compete against some great swimmers.”


This will be the first two day meet the Garnet and Gold have competed in this season.  After swimming the first half of the meet on Friday evening, Florida State will be back in the pool on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m.


“If we want to be a great ACC and NCAA team we need to be able to spread our efforts out over two or three days,” Harper said.  “Most of the kids will swim two or three events the first day and come back and swim two or three the next.  It won’t be the kids who step up and win events for us, it’s the kids who can step up and get second or third-place points.”


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