Feb. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team will compete in its final dual-meet of the season on Saturday, February 7, at 11:00 a.m. against Auburn at the Bobby E. Leach Center.
“Auburn has been one of the best programs in the country for the last decade,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “If you can compete against the best you have nothing to lose and we will try to execute our races well and try to see if we can win some events.”
The last time the Seminoles were in the pool, the men earned Harper his 200th victory at FSU with a win against ACC rival Clemson. The women were ousted by the Tigers in the final 25 yards of the meet getting out-touched at the wall in the final relay.
The Garnet and Gold will face a tough task taking on Auburn. The Auburn men have won five out of the last six NCAA Championships while the women have won four out of the last six. The men have never defeated the Tigers while the women own a 3-12 record. Last season both Seminole squads traveled to Auburn, Ala., and were defeated by the Tigers.
“We want our kids to not back down and not be intimidated,” Harper said. “Some of these Auburn athletes end up winning individual titles at the end of the year and we think that some of our athletes can race them and beat them in certain events.”
The Texas A&M women will also head to Tallahassee on Saturday to compete against the Auburn women. For results and a meet recap log onto www.seminoles.com.