Jan. 4, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State swimming and diving returns to the pool on Saturday morning January 5 at 10:00 a.m. as the Seminoles take on UNC-Wilmington and North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
“I think it should be a good meet,” said head coach Neil Harper. “It’s an enjoyable meet where everyone will be tired, but everyone knows that, so we just go out and compete and that’s the most important thing, competing when you’re tired because that sets you up when you have some rest later on you feel much better.”
The Seminoles have been away from competition since November 20, but have been training in Naples, Fla. since the end of December. The training trip gives Florida State a chance to get away from distractions and give the team a change of scenery.
“It’s a time when you’re out of school so you can train a lot and not have classes or homework interfere with that,” said Harper. “I think it’s an opportunity to take a step forward in our training.”
The Florida State men and women both started the season in a strong fashion. The men began the year 6-2, 2-1 garnering a No. 25 ranking. Sophomore diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Scott Baker (Lake Mary, Fla.) led the men to their strong start earning a combined three ACC Performer of the Week honors. Horner earned personal bests and broke the school record on the one meter board three times with his top mark being 410.70. Baker led the Seminoles in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
On the women’s side, the Seminoles started 8-1, 4-0, earning a ranking of No. 20. FSU was led by a trio of freshmen, C.J. Hendry (Evans, Ga.), Holly Mills (Ruislip, Middlesex, England) and Lowri Tynan (Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales). All three earned NCAA “B” qualifying times in their respective events.