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FSU Swimming & Diving Wraps Up Regular Season at LSU

Jan. 27, 2004


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Who: Florida State Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
What: Away meet against Louisiana State
When: Saturday, January 31 (12 p.m.)
Where: Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Natatorium)

SEMINOLE TRY TO BUILD MOMENTUM GOING INTO ACC’S: It’s hard to believe that the 2003-04 regular season began just three and a half months ago. The Florida State University swimming and diving teams take its final dip of the regular season on Saturday (January 31) when the Seminoles travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on Louisiana State.

The women’s team, ranked 18th in the latest CSCAA poll, enters into the contest with a 14-2 overall mark and a 2-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 24th-ranked men are 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.

HARPER FEELS RIGHT AT HOME IN BATON ROUGE: There will be no asking for directions to the LSU Natatorium as FSU head coach Neil Harper could probably find the pool blindfolded. The fifth-year deck boss is one of best swimmers to ever come out of the Tiger program. The 1986 SEC champion in the 100 back, Harper collected four league titles. A 1988 graduate, he ranks in the school’s all-time top ten in four events. Harper also served as an assistant there prior to his first appointment at Florida State. LSU is also where Harper met his wife, Paige, who was also an SEC champion and All-American in the pool.

SEMINOLES TRY TO KEEP UP WINNING WAYS AGAINST LSU: Saturday the Seminoles will try to continue a recent trend of success against the Tigers. Florida State’s women’s team has won the last three meetings with LSU and are 3-1 against the Tigers during Neil Harper’s tenure. However, overall LSU leads 14-5. On the men’s side, FSU has won the last two to even Harper’s mark at 2-2 against his old school. The Seminoles hold the overall advantage 13-9.

WOMEN LOOK FOR RECORD-SETTING 15TH VICTORY: Two years ago, the women’s team set the school record for single-season wins when they amassed a 14-2 mark. The Seminoles can reset that record with a victory over the Tigers on Saturday. In its 29th year of existence, the women’s program has had six seasons of ten or more wins. Three of those have occurred during Neil Harper’s last three campaigns.

BREEN’S PERFORMANCE HELPS WOMEN TO VICTORY OVER ALABAMA: Among all the strong performances in the women’s 149-93 victory over Alabama, junior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) had one of the best showings. Within a span of ten minutes, she won the 100 fly with an NCAA “B” cut of 55.08, then took the 100 back, just missing her season-best with a 56.16.

de la ROSA LEADS SWEEP IN THREE-METER DIVING VERSUS THE TIDE: The silver lining in FSU’s 133-110 loss to Alabama in the men’s meet was the one-two-three finish in the three-meter diving, spearheaded by Stuart de la Rosa (Erdenhiem, Pa.). His 306.83, was followed by scores of 283.20 from Jason Beinlich (Ridley, Pa.) and a 269.40 from Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.).

BISHOP SURPASSES 1,000 MARK FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON: Another highlight for the men was the performance of Thomas Bishop (Houston, Texas) in the 1,000 free. For the second time this year, he beat the old school record, hitting the wall at 9:14.59. Earlier in the year at Florida he set the mark with a time of 9:13.97.

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