Nov. 24, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fresh off their hugely successful weekend at the Georgia Tech Invite, Florida State couldn’t overcome the full squad power of the Florida Gators. The men lost to Florida 169-131 and the women fell 212-88.
Despite the losses the meet wasn’t without it’s high notes. The Seminoles won seven events and recorded 16 NCAA “B”-cut qualifying times in Gainesville, and set two new school record times.
“I was very happy with our teams’ performances,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “The divers came down early and really gave us a shot in the arm. Even though some of our kids looked tired we still had plenty of personal best times and school records. We awoke a powerful team by beating them over a three-day invite schedule and they were very inspired by the big home crowd. We were still able to win quite a few events and I am very proud of or entire team effort over the past five days.”
Senior Terry Horner swept the men’s diving events with a sizable victory in the one-meter (405.23-359.93) and a narrow win in the three-meter (398.33-394.73) over teammate, and runner up in both events, Landon Marzullo.
“Terry and Landon proved once again today that they are a dynamic duo not to be denied,” said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. “They are very consistent and really push each other. It’s exciting to watch. Florida’s pool is difficult to dive in and we are coming off a very grueling invite schedule. Our boys didn’t seem phased by the difficult conditions and came through to give our guys a nice lead to work with. The swimmers did a great job and kept it very close the whole way.”
In addition to Horner, Rob Holderness was also a two-event meet winner as he finished first in the 100 breast (54.92 B) and 200 breast (1:58.47).
Junior Ian Rowe also came through for the Seminoles with a victory in the 1000 free (9:08.39).
“We have had a great fall and we have trained very hard and competed with great Seminole pride and success,” beamed Harper. “We have a lot to be thankful for at this time of the year and we are inspired for the remainder of what looks to be one of our most successful seasons yet.”
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