Jan. 10, 2005
NAPLES, Fla. –
An annual tradition had a bit of a twist this year as the Florida State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded their holiday training trip. In the past, the Seminoles have finished up the week-long excursion with a typical meet, but this year’s contest against Penn State on January 2 was different.
Instead of just pitting the men versus the men and the women against the women, the two teams mixed up their relays during the six-event competition. The split-squad format worked in the Seminoles advantage as they came away with four victories.
“I thought we competed well and had fun doing it,” Florida State head coach Neil Harper said. “We got a chance to get into the pool with a Big Ten team that we don’t normally compete against. The meet broke up a week of hard training and allowed us to focus on some racing skills.”
The best event for the Seminoles came at the very beginning of the day as they swept the 200 butterfly relay. Posting the winning score of 1:39.01 was the team of seniors Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) and Michael Averett (Davie, Fla.), freshman Brittany Stevens (Peachtree City, Ga.) and junior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.).
Also producing a victory in the stroke events was the Florida State quartet in the 200-yard backstroke relay. The team of freshmen Stacey Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) and seniors Kayce Zemina (Plantation, Fla.) and Jared Heine (Honolulu, Hawaii) posted a time of 1:44.63. Powell teamed up with Danny Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) and sisters Laura Kenney (Plano, Texas) and Lindsay Kenny (Plano, Texas) to take the 400 individual medley relay in 3:58.53.
Rounding out the Seminole triumphs was the women’s 8×25 freestyle relay. Bringing home the top prize was the squad of Breen, Zemina, Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine), Keri Whitehurst (Christensen, US Virgin Islands), Stevens, Rademacher and Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) as they touched in at 1:32.47. Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.), Lindsay Kenney, King and Ed Denton (Maidenhead, Fla.) took second in the 200 breaststroke relay with a time of 2:01.96.
Florida State wraps up the dual meet portion of its schedule on January 29 when it plays host to defending national champion Auburn at 11 a.m. at the Leach Center.