November 24, 2008 - by
Florida State Swimming And Diving Takes On Rival Florida On Tuesday

Nov. 24, 2008


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – The Florida State swimming and diving team will welcome rival Florida to the Bobby E. Leach Center on Tuesday, November 25, at 5:00 p.m., for the Seminoles’ final dual meet of the fall.


Florida has been and is a perennial top five program,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said.  “Usually they’re expected to win our dual meets and knowing that we’re excited to have a top notch dual meet and our kids have nothing to lose.”


The last time the Gators came to Tallahassee, Florida State upset both the men’s and women’s teams.  Last season Florida got its revenge sweeping the Garnet and Gold in Gainesville.  The Gators have the edge in the series record on both the men’s and the women’s side with a 47-23-1 record against the men and a 32-1 record against the women.


“Beating Florida showed we have the talent and capability to beat a program that is historically good,” Harper said.  “We had just gotten back from a fall invite so it was a good time to swim them.  This year you’ve got two teams that are training hard and should enter the meet pretty tired, but with a lot of pride on the line.”


The last time in the pool, the Seminole men upset No. 15 Penn State, led by fifth-year senior Kyle Young and juniors Andy Hodgson and Terry Horner.  Young won two events including a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 500 free.  Hodgson won three events including a victory in the backstroke against a former NCAA Champion and Horner shattered his own school record on the one-meter board with a score of 423.75.  The FSU women lost its last meet to No. 13 Virginia and No. 19 Penn State.


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