Jan. 6, 2006
NAPLES, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded their traditional week long training trip to Naples, Fla. with something other than a traditional meet against Penn State on January 5. The meet, which feature every member of the Florida State team, brought out the essence of friendly competition.
“Florida State and Penn State had been down here for a week,” said head coach Neil Harper. “It was a lot of fun that we had the opportunity to compete and do something different.”
Instead of having the men compete against the men or women versus the women, both team decided to mix it up a little. The competition consisted of two events, the 8×25 medley relay and the 8×25 free relay, with half of the relay team consisting of men and the other half women.
The Seminoles entered two teams (garnet and gold) into the 8×25 medley relay. The winning relay team featured freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Carl Marais swimming the backstroke leg, while junior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) swam the breast, sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) swam the fly, and sophomore Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) rounded out the relay swimming the free leg.
The Seminoles then entered three teams (A, B and C) into the 8×25 free relay. The Seminoles once again finished in first with the women’s half of the team consisting of Raleigh, King, junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) and freshman Cameron Russell (Alcoa, Tenn.) and the men’s half included Roycik, Kennon, senior Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England).
The Florida State No. 14 men’s swimming and diving team will be back in action against Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. while the No. 17 women’s next competition will take place at home against Miami on Saturday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m.