Oct. 11, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State swimming and diving team has had enough of inter-squad meets as they get their first taste of outside competition on Saturday October 13.
“The only way they’ve had the chance to race and see where they may be is by racing each other,” said head coach Neil Harper. “They’re really ready to suit up in the garnet and gold and go against some other teams.”
The Seminoles travel to Atlanta, Ga., to compete in a quad-dual meet against Alabama, Clemson and Georgia Tech, Saturday at noon. For the men’s team, it is their first opportunity to defend their ACC Championship while the women begin their quest for a second ACC title in a three years.
“Swimming against two ACC schools and a traditional SEC power will help us to see where we really stand,” said Harper. “If we can score well and compare favorably with these teams we’ll be in good shape, but if we don’t, we’ll still have a lot of work to do.”
The men’s team is led by 2007 NCAA Champion diver, sophomore Terry Horner. Horner won the one meter title in March. On the swimming side, seniors Billy Jamerson and Ian Powell lead a young team into the season.
“We’ve got nothing to lose, we’re a young team,” said Harper. “We’ve got everything to gain so we’ll be ready to go on Saturday.”
“This team has a great incoming class,” said Harper. “We didn’t bring anyone in as a freshman or a transfer that doesn’t have great experience or expectations contribute right away.”
Competing at Georgia Tech also give Florida State an early opportunity to swim at the venue where the ACC Championships will be held in February. Georgia Tech’s Aquatic Center also happens to be one of the fastest pools the Seminoles swim in all season.
“We try to swim at this pool at least once a year sometimes twice a year,” said Harper. “Our kids like the Aquatic Center, they think it’s a fast pool, the divers love the venue in terms of the boards. This will give us some experience that we can lean on at the ACC Championships in four months.”
For meet results log on to www.seminoles.com.