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FSU Swimming & Diving Opens Season At Home Against Clemson

Oct. 6, 2006



The Match Up


On Saturday, October 7, 2006 the Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open their 2006-07 seasons at home against Clemson.  The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will take place at the Bobby E. Leach Center.


 


All-Time Against Clemson


Florida State currently holds the edge in both the men’s and women’s all-time series record against Clemson.  The men are 10-3 while the women are 5-3-1.  The Seminoles have swept the men’s and women’s competition over the previous two seasons.  


 


Last Year versus Clemson


The meet last year between Florida State and Clemson took place on November 12, 2005 in Clemson, S.C. with FSU recording a pair of wins.  The men’s team came out on top 143-98 while the women were victorious 136-105.  The Seminoles have several key returnees from their 2005 victory over Clemson.  The women’s team returns junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) and sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.) who each won two events a year ago.  Kenney finished first in the 200 free (1:53.34) and 200 fly (2:06.68) while Cipoletti took the 200 IM (2:08.09) and 200 breast (2:19.20).  The men’s team returns senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio), who won the 1000 free (9:28.25) and the 500 free (4:33.41), junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands), who won the 200 fly (1:51.64), and junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.), who finished first on the 1M (314.03).


 


Women’s Team Loaded for 2006-07


The 2006-07 season looks promising for the women’s team as they return 21 of 24 members from their 2006 ACC Championship team.  The women’s 16th place finish at the NCAA Championships was the best in school history and they return five of six swimmers who earned All-American or Honorable Mention All-American honors.  Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) is at the forefront of the group as she earned individual All-American honors in the 100 breast.  She also earned All-American honors as a part of the 200 medley relay that finished third.  Also returning from that relay are sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) and junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa).  On top of all of that the Seminoles return winners of five individual events at the ACC Championships and seven All-ACC members.


 


Men’s Team Ready to Make Run at ACC Title


After finishing in second place for four consecutive seasons the men’s team has positioned themselves to take the next step towards an ACC Championship.  Last season the Seminoles recorded 685.5 points to finish in second by just a mere 8.5 points.  The gap from 2004 to 2006 between Florida State and first place has rapidly shrunken from 300 to 8.5 points.  The Seminoles bring back several key contributors including four Honorable Mention All-Americans from a year ago in Roof, senior Alex Kennon (Winter Park, Fla.), junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England).


 


Promising Season Looms for Talented Men’s Diving Squad


Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) returns for his second year after qualifying for the NCAA National Championships as freshman.  The men’s team also returns sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.), who was a Senior Nationals qualifier over the summer, and Tilbrook, who broke the 25 year old school record on the 1M last season.  With senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla) and freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) rounding out the group, the Seminoles have a solid core of divers who have the potential to make some noise on the national level.

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