Oct. 28, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team is set to renew their rivalry with LSU on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., in Baton Rouge, La. This is a meet that has been circled on both teams calendars since the schedules came out.
“It’s been a great rivalry,” head coach Neil Harper said. “The teams always seem evenly matched and I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that it’s my alma mater or if it’s just important to (LSU), but it’s always a close meet that comes down to the last relay.”
Over the past several years the Tigers and Seminoles have staged some great battles. After losing two consecutive years to LSU, the Garnet and Gold swept the Tigers in 2009. Certainly, FSU expects another fight on Saturday.
“I would say the early indication from the season it will be the same thing,” Harper said. “There are some events that they are clearly better in and some events we are clearly better. Our young team has to grow up quick, when you go on the road early you find out what kind of team you have. You can either stand up to the challenge or crumble. We’ll get a good idea to see what our team is made of on Saturday.”
The Seminole women (5-0, 1-0) are coming off of big wins against ACC rival Miami and Florida Gulf Coast last week, while the men (3-0) defeated Florida A&M. For the women, freshman Tiffany Oliver has had a stellar start to the season. Oliver earned victories for the women in the 50 and 100 free to help lead the team over the Hurricanes. For the men, senior Robert Holderness will makes his first dual meet performance for the Seminoles. Holderness earned two NCAA automatic qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 breast at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
For a meet results and a recap, log onto www.seminoles.com