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Lucky Number Seven

March 8, 2012





TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State men’s swimming and diving will have seven athletes heading to the NCAA Championship on March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash. as the final list was announced yesterday by the NCAA.

“Now that we have 5 women and 7 men, we have put ourselves in a great position to climb up the points table and finish with a good ranking.” Head Coach Neil Harper said. “On both sides, it’s now about qualifying and scoring points for the team at NCAA’s.”

Senior Mateo De Angulo punched his ticket back in November as he posted automatic qualifying times in the 500 free with a 4:15.43 and in the 1650 free at 14:49.94. The Cali, Colombia native will also swim the 200 free at the meet.

Freshman Juan Sequera qualified in the 400 IM, swimming a new school record in the event with a time of 3:45.83. Sequera broke the record that De Angulo set earlier this season. The Miami, Fla. native will also compete in the 200 IM as well as the 200 breast.

As one of the fastest sprint relays in the country, the team of sophomore Paul Murray, juniors Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber will swim the 200 and 400 free relays for the Seminoles.

In addition, Murray will swim the 50 and 100 free while Bailey will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Weber is slated to swim the 50 and 100 free as well as the 100 fly. Sanders will swim the 100 free on top of those sprint relays.

Sophomore Tom Neubacher was crowed as the Zone B 1-meter diving champions, as he ran away with the event with a score of 735.53 after 12 dives.

“Tom now joins our 6 male swimmers to create the biggest FSU team at the NCAA’s in 3 years,” Harper stated. “He did an amazing job winning and earning his qualifying spot for NCAA’s. All of the divers did a great job representing FSU at Zones and all of them on any day can step up and potentially score at the NCAA meet. I’m thrilled that we have 3 divers joining our teams for the NCAA meets.”

The women’s NCAA Championships will be March 15-17 at the University of Auburn as five athletes will represent FSU Swimming and Diving.

Freshman Elizabeth Pepper will swim the 200 fly while sophomore Julia Henkel will swim the 400 IM. Sophomore Tiffany Oliver will compete in the 50 and 100 free events.

“Last year we only had one swimmer at NCAA’s on the women’s side,” Harper said. “So to now have five and none of them be seniors is a credit to the athletes dedication, the coaching staff and the direction of the program.”

Diving for the Seminoles will be junior Ariel Rittenhouse, who will be a threat on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events while sophomore Katrina Young will be a factor on platform. Both will dive all three events.

“Ariel and Katrina battled through one of the toughest zone qualifiers in the country and came out with two spots,” Harper said. “They have now put themselves into position to compete with the best at NCAA’s and score points for the team.”

Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Swimming) for more updates and other news about Seminole swimming and diving and the 12 athletes that have qualified for the NCAA Championships.

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