TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams will compete in the first invitational of the 2014-15 season this weekend in Gainesville, Fla. in the Pinch-A-Penny All-Florida Invite. The meet runs Friday through Sunday and will be held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida.
“This meet is always a great benchmark for the season,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Even though it’s early, it gets our kids into that racing mindset. We’ve stacked the invites for the first semester and I’m really anxious to see our kids perform.”
Florida State is one of seven teams competing. Along with the host Florida, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida, Nova and California will be racing.
Prelims will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. with finals to follow at 7 p.m. Prelims on Saturday and Sunday will start at 9 a.m. with finals following at 4 p.m.
“We’ve hit the training hard from the start,” Bradley said. “I’m very anxious to see how our kids respond. We’re a pretty young team and we have a lot to learn about ourselves this year and that all starts on Friday.”
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Rittenhouse Wins Bronze
Former FSU diver Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) partnered with Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) to win the bronze medal in synchronized 3-meter Tuesday (Sept. 30) at the Pan American Sports Festival, which was held September 27-30 in Mexico City.
Rittenhouse and Burke scored 282.90 points for the 3-meter synchro bronze while competing in their first international meet together as a synchro team. Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware finished with 312.60 points for gold, and Mexico’s Arantxa Chavez and Dolores Hernandez were second with 289.80 points. Burke and Rittenhouse came through with more than 60 points on all three of their optional dives, highlighted by a best of 68.40 points on their front 2 ½ with one twist in the final round. The bronze medal was Burke’s first career international medal.
Rittenhouse, a 2008 Olympian competing in her first international meet since 2010, also scored 308.20 points to finish fifth in the women’s individual 3-meter springboard final held Sunday. Burke placed sixth with 288.55 points, with Abel winning gold with 362.40 points.
*Report Courtesy of USA Diving