January 10, 2009 - by
Florida State Swimming And Diving Loses A Pair Of Tight Contests To LSU

Jan. 10, 2009


BATON ROUGE, La.    The Florida State swimming and diving team was swept by LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.  The men were defeated 159-141 while the women lost 166-134.

“We had some great swims and nine times out of ten those results would win this meet,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said.   “LSU always pulls out the stops against us and I thought we competed well considering how hard we have been training.”

The Seminole men (6-3, 1-1) were led by fifth-year senior Kyle Young and junior Andy Hodgson, who each won a pair of events.  Young won the 1000 free (9:19.94) and 500 free (4:30.92) and Hodgson was victorious in the 200 free (1:39.84) and 200 back (1:46.57).  The Seminoles also swept the breaststroke events with junior Scott Thacker winning the 100 breast (56.01) and sophomore Rob Holderness earning the win in the 200 breast (2:02.18).

“Those guys are talented enough to keep winning events even when they’re tired,” Harper said.  “When we stepped up and won events it was impressive.”

On the women’s side Florida State (7-5, 2-1) was paced by sophomore Holly Mills who took home victories in the two distance events, the 1000 free (10:08.23) and 500 free (4:58.53).  The Garnet and Gold also swept the diving events with sophomore Katherine Adham winning the one-meter (269.70) and junior Katie Sirounis winning the three-meter (286.80).

I’m encouraged and I’m excited with how we competed,” Harper said.  “In swimming you are alone in your lane and can only control how you swim and I thought we were strong today.”

Florida State will return home to face ACC rival Clemson on Saturday, January 17, at the Bobby E. Leach Center at 11:00 a.m.




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