Oct. 15, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With one competition under its belt, the Florida State University swimming and diving teams get back in the water this Saturday (Oct. 18). The Seminoles play host to in-state rivals for the second-straight weekend as they take on Florida International and Florida A&M at 11 a.m. at the Bim Stults Aquatic Center.
The Tribe started the 2003-04 campaign with the women defeated Miami (141-94) and Florida A&M (157-67), while the men’s squad took down the Rattlers (143-82). Florida State won 24 of the 26 races in both meets with five different athletes posting multiple victories. This will be the first meeting between the Seminoles and Florida International during Neil Harper’s five-year tenure.
“It’s early, but I like where we are at this point,” Harper said. “We’re responding to outside competition the way I would like us to. We’ve got to continue to execute well in terms of technique, in particular starts and turns. We have to keep learning from the experience. You only have so many meets during the year to perfect the race. We have to keep working towards that.”
Since Harper took over five years ago, Florida State has been very successful against Sunshine State schools. The men’s program holds a 12-5 mark against Florida programs, while the women have a 17-3 record. At the home the women’s team has been virtually unbeatable with 10-2 mark with the men going 6-4.
Last Friday’s season opener saw a pair great debuts by a pair of. Distance swimmer Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas / Cy-Creek) was 0.13 seconds from tying the school record with his time of 9:15.56 in the 1,000-yard free. He came back later in the meet to post a winning 500-yard free mark of 4:33.38.
Stepping in to take over the roll of her older sister and former FSU diver Chelsie, Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla. / Lake Highland) won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. She started with a top score of 279.20 in the three-meter then posted a winning 291.55 on the one-meter board.
Seniors Emma Dutton (Bradford, England / Benton Park) and Andree-Anne LeRoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia / Nanaimo District Secondary) have picked up where they left off at last year’s NCAA Championship. The duo combined to win three events as Dutton took the 50 free (24.08) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.04-the fifth fastest time in school history), while Leroy was first to the wall in the 200 IM (2:05.40).
“This meet we’ll see some 200 distances of the strokes and shorter relays, so we might have some people swimming different event, but there won’t be too many diversions from the last meet,” Harper noted. “It’s important for us to perfect our best events.”
Saturday’s meet is the second in a string of three-straight home meets for the Seminoles. Florida State welcomes Florida Atlantic and Indian River C.C. to town in two weeks.