Nov. 21, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- After a near month break from dual meets, the Florida State swimming and diving teams will jump right back into the thick of competition at the Auburn Invite this weekend. The prelim-final formatted meet starts on Friday, Nov. 22 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 24. and will be held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
The meet draws some of the nation’s top talent as all eight squads competing are ranked nationally.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how we step up,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “They’re still under a little bit of adversity and they’re going up against some of the best teams in the country. This is an opportunity to get a little more battle-tested and it will pay off down the road when we get to ACC’s and NCAA’s and nothing will be a surprise for them. It’s about putting your best foot forward and thriving in those moments.”
In the women’s meet, the defending national champion (No. 2) Georgia leads the way with (No. 15) Auburn and (No.18) Alabama and (No. 22) FSU following in the ranks.
“Everyone is excited for the opportunity to race,” sophomore Sami Pochowski said. “SEC teams are going to be there and those are fast teams. We’re excited that we have the chance to suit up and go fast and we’re ready to race.”
The men’s competition puts the (No. 7) Bulldogs are on top, followed by the (No.11) Seminoles, (No.17) Tigers and (No. 24) Crimson Tide.
“We’ve put in a huge amount of work we’ve leading up to this invite,” senior Jared Pike said. “Our bodies are tired and coming into this we’re trying to see how fast we can swim and how far we can push ourselves. I’m really excited to see where the team is and I think we’re in a good place.”
This is the first meet for both the FSU men and women since Oct. 25 when both teams defeated NC State and Georgia Tech at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The men started off the fall season 3-0, while the women are 5-1.
Prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with finals following at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s finals will start at 3 p.m. (CT).
Live results can be found through auburntigers.com as well as a live video feed of the meet on Auburn All-Access.
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