Jan. 25, 2007
The Match Up
The Florida State swimming and diving teams return to the pool following a 14 day layoff to take on Indian River C.C. and defending men’s and women’s national champion Auburn in dual meets on Friday and Saturday. The Seminoles men’s team is ranked 10th in the nation, while the women’s team is ranked seventh in the latest collegeswimming.com poll.
Florida State leads both series against Indian River C.C. by a 20-3 margin in women’s competition, and 20-1 in men’s meets. The last meeting saw Florida State defeat IRCC by a 224-69 margin in women’s, and 215-78 in the men’s competition. When facing Auburn, the Seminole’s best record is a 3-10 mark in women’s meets. The men’s team is winless in 14 attempts. Last year’s meet brought the Seminoles two losses. The women’s team lost 90-142, while the men’s team scored 94.5 to Auburn’s 143.5.
It has been fourteen days since the Seminoles last dipped their toes in the competitive waters against LSU and at the Dallas Morning News Classic. The early meet of the day found the women’s team improving their record to 8-0 with a 180-120 victory over the Tigers. The women’s team was led by Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.), whose two individual victories paced the Seminoles. Raleigh won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events in NCAA “B” cut times of 23.14 and 50.32 respectively. She also swam the leadoff leg of the 200 medley relay which finished in first place as well. The men’s team took their first loss of the season, dropping the 146-154 decision. The men’s team was led by the freshman dynamic duo of diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) and breaststroker Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, Va.). Horner won both the one and three meter diving events in NCAA Zone qualifying standard scores of 344.92 and 327.97. Thacker took both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in times of 57.18 and 2:04.78.
Following the LSU meet, eight swimmers and one diver from the men’s team traveled to Dallas, Texas, for the Dallas Morning News Classic. The `Noles scored 118 points on the first day of the two day event before having to withdraw due to a winter storm that threatened to close the Dallas airport. Prior to leaving, the best showing came from sophomore diver Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who placed second in the one-meter diving event.