Nov. 10, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Who: Florida State Swimming and Diving What: At #2/#6 Florida When: Tuesday, November 11, 5 p.m. Where: Gainesville, Fla. (Stephen C. O' Connell Center Natatorium)
BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE AS SEMIONLES AND GATORS ENTER TUESDAY’S MEET RANKED
Not that the Florida State University swimming and diving team needs any more incentive going up against the University of Florida, but Tuesday’s (November 11) meet will be the biggest test of the season for the Seminoles. The Gators’ women’s team comes into the contest ranked second in the CSCAA poll, while their men’s team is sixth. Florida State also enters the meet with a pair of top 25 teams as the men rate 19th and the women 20th. Last season in Tallahassee, the men lost 143-100, while the women fell 145-98. The men are 22-42 lifetime against UF, while the women are still looking for their first win at 0-27.
WOMEN’S TEAM COMES AWAY WITH TWO VICTORIES DURING WEEKEND TRIP TO MICHIGAN
Two out of three wasn’t a bad outcome for the women’s team during its first away competition of the year. On Friday (November 8), the Tribe (8-1 overall) defeated Michigan State 199-83, but fell to #16 Michigan 146-136. The next day the Seminoles won nine of ten events to produced a 103-47 triumph against the Wolverines in a relay meet.
CLEMSON HAS MEN’S NUMBER ONCE AGAIN AS FSU DROPS CONFERENCE OPENER
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and the men’s squad found out how true that was Saturday (November 9) when it opened Atlantic Coast Conference competition against Clemson. Florida State (4-1 overall, 0-1 ACC) lost four races by a combined time of 0.45 as they fell 137-106 to the Tigers. Those four races could have made the difference as Florida State only one four other events, including the 400 free relay. Sophomore Jason Beinlich (Ridley, Pa.) won the three-meter board for the second meet in a row, posting a winning time of 280.42.
DUTTON TAKES TO THE WINNER’S STAND 12 TIMES IN MICHIGAN
No Florida State swimmer may have had a better weekend than Emma Dutton (Bradford, England). The senior won three individual events against Michigan and Michigan State, while swimming on the top 200 medley relay. Dutton took the 50 free (23.46), 100 (1:02.55) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.75). All three of her individual marks ranked best among the conference swimmers and are NCAA “B” cuts.
Tommy Bishop SETS POOL RECORD AS PART OF HIS TWO VICTORIES AT CLEMSON
Two of the Seminoles’ other four victories against Clemson came from distance swimmer Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas). The FSU rookie captured the 1,000 (9:18.60) and 500 freestyle (4:35.59), while taking third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season and Seminole-best 2:08.72. His swim in the 1,000 free set the Clemson pool record. In nine races this season, Bishop has posted six first-place finishes, while placing no lower than fourth.
BREEN IS THE RELAY QUEEN
Taking part in the most top relays against Michigan on Saturday was senior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) as she swam on five winners. She opened with back-to-back victories in the 300 backstroke and butterfly competitions. Next up was a victory in a 400 medley relay and the 200 free quartet. She ended the day on the 500 “pineapple” relay.
TEAM EFFORT PROPELLS SEMINOLES TO TOP OF ACC RANKINGS
Over the weekend the women’s team posted the league’s best times in two of the five relay events. On Friday the Seminoles established the league’s fastest 200 medley relay when it hit the wall with a time of 1:43.25. The next day they came back at the 400-yard distance to post a time of 3:48.20.
FROM THE POOL DECK, Head Coach Neil Harper:
On last weekend’s meets: “I’m really excited with the way the women raced. They faced a lot of adversity-flying up the day of the meet-and to compete the way they did, they really represented FSU well. I’m proud of the way the guys kept at it and picked up wins when they could. Clemson always swims well in season, and we knew that coming in. It was a tough lesson to learn, but it’s something we will grow from and gain strength from in the future.”
On Florida: “It’s an instate rivalry, and a lot of the kids know each other. Florida is ranked second and sixth for a good reason. Our goal is to compete and win as many races as we can and I think we have a good opportunity to do that. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete.”