TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
SEMINOLE SWIMMING DIVING GETS BACK INTO ACTION AT HOME ON SATURDAY
Who: Florida State University Swimming and Diving What: FSU vs. Florida Atlantic & Indian River C.C. Where: Leach Center, Tallahassee, Fla. When: Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m.
MEN AND WOMEN LOOK TO STAY UNDEFEATED IN 2003-04:
Competing in their third home meet of the season, the Florida State University swimming and diving program takes on Florida Atlantic and Indian River C.C. on Saturday (November 1) at 11 a.m. Through the first two meets, the men’s squad boasts a 2-0 mark, while the women are also perfect at 4-0. This will be the Seminoles last home meet until the calendar turns over in January. Florida State plays host to its final home competition of the season on January 23 against Alabama.
FLORIDA STATE ROLLS TO VICTORIES OVER FLORIDA A&M AND FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL:
A clean sweep of every event gave the Seminoles three victories in their last outing on October 18. The women took wins from Florida International (140-77) and Florida A&M (141-62), while the men produced a 139-87 triumph over the Rattlers. Both squads had a pair of multiple winners, with senior Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) leading the way with three individual victories.
THE ROOF, THE ROOF, THE ROOF IS ON FIRE:
On the men’s side, the best performance was turned in by freshman Stephen Roof (Canton, Ohio). A product of Central Catholic high school, Roof produced a pair of individual victories and swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay. He started the meet by winning the 200 freestyle in a FSU season-best time of 1:41.21, then beat everyone to the wall in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:53.83.
DUTTON AND HOW PRODUCED TOP-TEN MARKS:
Besides topping the squad with a trio of victories, Emma Dutton also produced one of the best 200 breaststroke times in school history. Her first-place mark of 2:20.13 places her ninth in Seminole lore. Junior Lisa How (Preston, England) also grabbed a pair of victories while notching a top-ten time. Her 2:05.15 in the 200-yard individual medley ranks eighth in school history.
HOOD TAKES BOTH BOARDS, MANNING AND McCLOW SPLIT ON WOMEN’S SIDE:
The second double winner on the men’s side came from junior Sam Hood (Philadelphia, Pa.) as he won the one-meter diving with a tally of 330.45, following by a top three-meter score of 337.40. The women’s competition was split as Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was victorious in the one-meter event (331.05). The roles were reversed as Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) posted a 339.50 to take the three-meter board.
SEMINOLES ATOP THE ACC RANKINGS:
When the Atlantic Coast Conference top times came out last week, Florida State topped 12 different events, including a pair of relays. Junior Lisa How has the best 200 IM (2:05.15) and 100 butterfly (56.54) times. Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) boasts the best 100 backstroke mark (57.34) and Emma Dutton is tops in the 100 breast (1:03.37). On the boards, Tiffany Manning is first with her one-meter score (331.05) and teammates Courtney McClow is tops in the three meter (339.50).
Within the men’s rankings, four different Seminoles have their name at the top of the lists. Senior Michael Paulus (Somerset West, South Africa) is the fastest swimmer in the league with a top 50 free time of 20.79. He ranks second in 100 free (46.18) behind teammate Joel Roycik’s (Winter Park, Fla.) 45.90. Rookie Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) is five seconds ahead of the nearest competitor in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:15.56. Junior Sam Hood produced the best three-meter diving mark with his 337.40.
FROM THE DECK:
Head Coach Neil Harper on:
Florida Atlantic & Indian River: “Florida Atlantic and Indian River pose two of our tougher opponents up to this point so that will be a good test of us. I’m excited to get those guys in there and see how we do. Our kids are a little tired so the test is for them to compete with great technique and the skills that we’ve taught them in a difficult environment.”
Off week training: “We’ve had the opportunity to get in some solid work so hopefully we’re not going to see any sluggishness on Saturday. What we’ve tried to do is up the training. We’ve got four weeks until our peak meet at Texas A&M so it’s a good opportunity for us to work them really hard in the weight room, on dry land and especially in the pool.”