Nov. 12, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla. –
Following a weekend away from competition, the Florida State University swimming and diving teams were recharged for their trip to south Florida to take on the newest member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Miami, and Indian River CC. The time off apparently helped as the women swept both meets and the men defeated Indian River.
Instead of a fruit basket, the women’s team welcomed the Hurricanes to the league with a 129-96 victory, while posting a 163.5-61.5 win over Indian River. The men tacked on a 153-66 triumph against IRCC. The women improve to 9-2 and 4-1 in the league, while the men upped their overall mark to 7-1.
“It was a good team effort, everyone contributed,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s almost like a double victory over Miami. We like to race against them, but now it counts as an ACC victory and a rivalry victory, so it’s almost two for one.”
Earlier on it appeared that things would go Florida State’s way as both teams won the first two events, starting with the Seminoles taking the 200 medley relay. Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.) followed by taking the 1,650-free in a time of 16:58.36, while Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) posted a winning 15:45.69.
While the women’s meet would get closer, the men were on cruise control. Alan Riberio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the 200 free with a 1:41.86 and freshman Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) followed with a top time of 21.33 in the 50 free. Indian River won two of its three individual events in back-to-back events before Denton won his second event of the afternoon with a 46.80 in the 100 free.
Freshman Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) added a victory in the 200 backstroke, scoring the blue ribbon with a winning time of 1:50.74. Riberio became the Seminoles’ second multiple winner when he posted a 4:40.02 to take the 500 freestyle. Diving only against Miami, freshman Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) placed second on the one-meter board (270.35) and Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) was runner-up on the three-meter (280.05).
“All the milers swam well, especially Golda, she had a great race,” Harper noted. “Alan Riberio really stepped up. He’s been doing well in training and it’s good to be close to home. Ed pushed the other guys really well and deserved the wins he got. Anytime you can come down to Miami and beat one of their divers it says a lot so that was great for Brittany.”
A pair of rookies got the women back on the winning track as Texans Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) and Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) won the 50 free and 200 butterfly, respectively. In between the 200 IM, Woodard took the 50 free at 24.51, while Kenney was the first to the wall in the 200 fly at 2:07.02. Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) gave the Seminoles their first back-to-back wins since the start of the meet when she won the 100 free with a 51.78.
Marcus helped the Seminoles pull away when she captured her second victory of the meet, taking the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:58.14. Coming through with big points on the three-meter board was Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) as she took first with a winning score of 298.30. Sealing the victory for the women’s team was the 200 freestyle relay with a top time of 1:35.77.
“We put them under some adversity,” Harper added. “We woke them early like normal, but this time we put them on a bus for eight hours and then asked them to compete. Tomorrow we’re going to get them up early again, sort of like the conference meet, and then three days later we swim the number three and four teams in the country. It’s a tough test, but if we want to aspire to get better, we have to put ourselves in challenging situations.”
Florida State continues its swing through South Florida on Saturday (November 13) when it travels to Miami for an 11 a.m. contest against host Florida International and Florida Atlantic.