Jan. 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The nationally-ranked Florida State swimming and diving teams will host Florida Atlantic on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center. The No. 16 men’s team takes a 3-1 record into their final dual of the season, while the 20th-ranked women are 5-2 on the year with two meets left before the ACC Championships.
“They know we’re in championship season,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “They knew right after the Florida meet that it was about speed work. We have a few kids that are still trying to make the conference team, so those last few spots will start to fill out and that’s the biggest thing we’re looking at this weekend.”
After dropping a dual in Gainesville 153-147 on Jan. 4, the women are looking to avenge their most recent loss to No. 5 Florida. Despite the loss, the Seminoles swept the weekly conference awards as Kaitlyn Dressel was named the ACC Swimmer of the Week after winning the 50 and 100 free events. Kelsey Goodman took home the Diver of the after winning 1-meter before taking second on 3-meter against the Gators.
“The team mindset right now is to stay positive,” Dressel said. “We’re going to be there and support one another. Everyone is getting excited for ACC’s and there’s been some fast times and we’re excited.”
The men suffered their first loss of the year 180-118 to third-ranked Florida, however Tom Neubacher and Pavel Sankovich won multiple events. Neubacher picked up his second ACC Diver of the Week honor after winning 1-meter and 3-meter, while Sankovich won the 100 fly and 100 back races. Sankovich’s time of 46.49 in the 100 fly was the seventh fastest mark in the country this season.
“We’re looking for people to step up and do their best in season times,” senior Paul Murray said. “This time, considering we had a lot of people swim well at Florida, we’re looking forward to some fast swimming tomorrow.”
Florida Atlantic boasts a 1-3 record on the year for both squads. The FSU women lead the all-time series 27-0, while the Florida State men hold a perfect 20-0 edge.
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