Nov. 23, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the sun went down at the Morcom Aquatic Center, the Florida State swimming and diving team got down to business, upsetting fourth-ranked Florida on Tuesday. The women came away with a 187-113 win, while the 20th-ranked men topped the Gators 184-116.
“There was a terrific atmosphere here tonight,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We saw our team swim very fast tonight and I’m thrilled with the way things turned out.”
“I don’t think we’ve done this since my junior year in high school,” senior C.J. Hendry said. “Ever since I’ve been here we’ve wanted to beat them and this is a perfect way to top off my senior year.”
The Seminole women (6-1,1-0) started strong winning the first two events of the evening. Senior Brittany Selts, freshman Kendall Sieron, Hendry and freshman Tiffany Oliver won the 200 medlay relay (1:40.89) and junior Charlotte Broadbent won the 1000 free (9:52.87) and from there the Garnet and Gold had all the confidence they needed.
“I think once we one that relay and the kids came out and did well in the 1000 the kids knew we had a chance,” Harper said. “If we band together we can do a really nice job here.”
After the Gators one three events in a row to pull back into striking distance Hendry and freshman Tiffany Oliver helped widen the gap once again. Hendry won the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.80 while Oliver broke the school record in the 100 free, sprinting to the wall in 49.26.
“At practice the other day we all felt kind of bad,” Hendry said. “Then we got into race mode and realized that we still have this, so we took it and ran with it.”
“The experience was really nice and I feel really good about what we did,” Oliver said. “It was a lot of hard work and I’m ready to do more so I can show the people what I can do.”
Florida State was able to run out to an insurmountable lead thanks to the divers. Freshman Kelsey Goodman earned a win on the one-meter (332.40), while junior Lisi Rowland took home first-place on the three-meter (278.47).
“Honestly this is something that I’ve wanted since my freshman year and it feels amazing,” senior diver Katherine Adham said. “All of the divers were great today all-around, especially coming off of a long meet.”
For the men (4-1), it was a similar script with sophomore Brad Morrison, seniors Rob Holderness and Matt Shead and sophomore Mark Weber winning the 200 medley relay (1:28.98) and junior Mateo DeAngulo taking home the 1000 free (9:06.48). The men also got another standout performance from Holderness who swept the breaststroke events. The honorable mention All-American won the 100 in 53.99 and the 200 in 1:56.32.
“I think I underestimated how hard it was for him to come back and readjust from the Commonwealth Games,” Harper said. “It’s one of those things where I’m proud of him because he stuck with it and did a nice job.”
On the boards, the men’s divers were equally as dominant with senior Landon Marzullo sweeping the one-meter (389.10) and three-meter (387.52).
“Traditionally Florida and Florida State are well matched in diving,” diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “My kids really did an amazing job after coming back from a long meet and they did some really quality dives. I’m proud of every single one of them.”
The meet ended just the way it started with both Seminole squads winning the 400 free relay. For the women, this marks the second time in school history they have beaten the Gators. FSU defeated Florida in back in 2006 in Tallahassee. The men earned their 24th victory against Florida, with their last win coming in 2006 as well.
The Seminoles will now take a break from competition until the new year. The team will head to Naples, Fla., for their annual training trip in December and then return to the Morcom Aquatic Center to take on Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington on Saturday, January 8, at 1:00 p.m.