Oct. 29, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State Lady Seminole swimming and diving team will take on the #8 Auburn Tigers on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00am. The swimming will compete at Stults with the diving at the LEach Center. The Lady Seminoles are 3-1 going into the meet.
The women took a trip out west where they defeated Washington State 48-46 but fell to #16 Minnesota 54-41. Liska Dedekind, Kristen Keelan, Kathleen McCubbins and Christine Williams started the meet with a second place finish in the 400 Medley Relay (3:52.30) before the Lady Seminoles won three events in a row. Junior Tanya Gurr won the 200 Free in a time of 1:53.16 with Christy Cech winning the 50 Free (24.06) and senior Anne Blachford winning the 200 IM (2:07.35). Freshman Shannon Goff took the 4th spot in the 200 Fly (2:08.54) before Cech added a win in the 100 Free (51.95) with Gurr finishing third in the event (52.85). Sophomore Amber Goodwin added points with a win in the 200 Back (2:05.51) with Betsy Bagy finishing 5th in the event (2:07.15). Freshman Leah Lane took the 5th spot in the 500 Free (5:15.15) followed by a second place finish from Keryn Krenauw in the 200 Breast (2:19.18) with Keelan finishing 5th in the event (2:26.94).
FSU went into the 400 Free Relay nine points behind the Cougars but the team of Blachford, Karin Holmstedt, Gurr and Cech brought in the deciding points with a win in the 400 Free Relay in a time of 3:27.85 to give the Lady Seminoles a win over Washington State. FSU also took the 4th and 5th place finishes in the event.
Meet Neil Harper
Head Coach Neil Harper is no stranger to Florida State swimming and diving. The1988 graduate of Louisiana State served as the assistant coach from 1994-97 before heading to Ohio State University where he was the head coach for the Lady Buckeyes from 1997-99.
“I’m excited with the potential the Florida State swimming program has already established,” Harper said. “I’m happy to be back in Tallahassee and have the opportunity to complete someting I started three years ago with the 1996 recruiting class.”
At LSU, Harper was a seven time All-American, four time SEC Champion and was team captain as a senior. He also competed in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a member of the British National Team. Harper was a member of the 400m Medley Relay that finished 6th at the 1984 games and 4th in the 1988 games.
Harper and his wife Paige are the proud parents of Katherine (4) and Kelly (2).
Where to Watch FSU Swimming and Diving
The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving home meets will be held at the Stults Aquatic Center, across from the Student Union, and the Leach Aquatic Center. Location will be determined by weather, time and day. Most of the diving will be held in the Leach Aquatic Center.