Oct. 15, 2004
The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State men (1-0, 1-0 ACC) vs. Florida A&M (0-0)
Florida State women (1-0, 1-0 ACC) vs. Florida A&M (0-0), Tulane (0-0) & North Florida (0-0)
Friday, October 15, 4 p.m.
Bobby E. Leach Center – Tallahassee, Fla.
The Nuts & Bolts:
Seminoles Look to Stay Unbeaten in 2004-05 Following an early start to the season with a pair of victories over Clemson, the Florida State University swimming and diving teams are back in action on Friday (Oct. 15) at 4 p.m. in the Leach Center Pool. Both the men and women will take on crosstown rival Florida A&M, while the women will also go up against Tulane and North Florida.
Tribe Strive For Repeat Of Last Year’s Meets
Florida State hopes that the past certainly does repeat itself after sweeping last year’s meetings with Friday’s opponents. The men and women took a pair of victories from the Rattlers to go along with a women’s win over North Florida. Neither squad has dropped a meet to Florida A&M with the men holding a 5-0 mark to the women’s 6-0 ledger. The women are 6-0 versus Tulane at 4-0 against North Florida.
Florida State Starts Season With a Pair of Victories Over Clemson
In his first five years at Florida State, head coach Neil Harper had never beaten Clemson in a dual meet. All that changed on September 25 as the Seminoles came away with a pair of victories. The women cruised to 157-85 triumph against the Tigers, while men won the last event of the meet to take a 129-112 victory.
Rookies Shine In Collegiate Debut
The newcomers on this year’s squad made their presence know immediately during the Clemson meet and four of the rookies stepped up for victories. Freshman Leah Woodard (San Antonio, Texas) captured both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, while Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) took the men’s 100 free. Frosh Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) scored valuable points with his victory on the one-meter board, while Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) gave the men some breathing room with his triumph in the 100 breaststroke.
Swimming Is A Family Affair At Florida State
The Florida State swimming and diving team has a family atmosphere to it and for some members of the team that statement is literal. This year’s squad has three pairs of siblings. Senior Laura Kenney (Plano, Texas) is joined by her younger sister Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas), while Andrew Skaggs’ (Jacksonville, Fla.) younger sister Kate Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.) is also a freshman. The third pair of siblings is newcomers Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) and David Ellis (Valrico, Fla.)
How Picks Up Where She Left Off
Co-captain Lisa How (Preston, England) picked up a pair of first place finishes in back-to-back events to put some distance between the Seminoles and Tigers. The senior came back during the last 50-yards of the 200 IM to take the event in a time of 2:07.18. After the break she returned for a winning 57.10 in the 100 butterfly.
Does ESPN Know This?
North Florida has a pair of swimmers on their roster this year from Tallahassee. Both junior Stephanie Barraco and sophomore Jenn Shields competed during their prep career at Leon High School.