Oct. 27, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams took five out of six wins today in Durham, N.C. during the quad-meet against Duke, Virginia Tech and UNC-Wilmington. The women’s team was a perfect 3-0 on the day, moving to 7-0 (3-0 ACC) on the season, while the 15th-ranked men’s squad went 2-1 and now have a record of 3-1 (1-1 ACC).
“I was happy with how we swam and competed today,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We swam well and it was a total team effort. The ladies team come together and got three wins. I thought they stepped up when the needed to. When Virginia Tech won an event, we came back up and went first and second. The guys had some tough competition, but we won some good events and overall it was just a great, exciting college dual meet.”
Grabbing the three victories with scores of 179-120 against Virginia Tech, 246 – 54 while facing UNC-W and 203- 91 against Duke, the Seminole women won each meet behind seven overall wins in 16 events including four- one-two punches on the day.
The distance duo of junior Julia Henkel and Madison Jacobi accounted for two of the three during the meet as they started the meet off with season best times in addition to a first and second place in the 1000 free. Henkel won the event with a time of 10:05.00 and Jacobi followed with a mark of 10:11.99. Both wouldn’t be beat in the shorter 500 distance either, as Henkel led the way again with another season top-time in 4:55.81, while Jacobi touched in at 4:59.09. Freshman Josie Cuda came from behind in the last 50 of the race to punch in for third place, giving the Seminole the sweep in the event with a time of 5:02.61.
“After the medley relay we were down the distance kids came out really well,” Harper said. “Julia and Madison swam well and they were first and second and put us right back in it and later they came back and did the same thing in the 500 – Just a great day for them.”
In diving, the Seminoles grabbed first and second on the 1-meter board with junior Kelsey Goodman taking the win with a score of 300.10 while senior Ariel Rittenhouse followed in second, just behind with a score of 297.05.
Junior Tiffany Oliver was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day, winning three individual events and the 400 free relay. Oliver’s first win was nabbed by eight one-hundredths of a second in the 200 free as she posted a time of 1:51.23. She moved on to take the 50 free with a season-best time of 23.05 before leading the way in a one-two punch along with sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel in the 100 free. Oliver posted a time of 50.14, while Dressel touched the wall at 50.55.
“In the 200 free we fought for it all the way,” Harper said. “It kept us rolling and I thought that Tiffany did a great job of winning all four events.”
The Seminoles also had a top time in the 200 back from Junior McKayla Lightbourn as she touched the wall with a mark of 2:02.50.
“McKayla Lightbourn didn’t swim as well in the 100 but challenged herself in the 200 and won.” Harper said. “It was very good to see her battle it out.”
Florida State added a win in the 400 free relay with the team of Dressel, Oliver, along with sophomores Haley Powell and Katie Cook with a time of 3:24.74. That performance set a new Duke Aquatic Center Pool Record.
“Those ladies on the end did a great job,” Harper said. “That was just an added bonus for them to get a pool record at the end of the meet.”
The men’s two team victories were against Duke (186-112) and UNC-Wilmington (234-64), however the Seminoles lost a close contest to Virginia Tech 162-136.
Sophomore Connor Knight scored two wins on the day in the fly events, posting consistent times of 1:49.46 in the 200 before racing to a 49.38 in the 100. The Seminoles would factor a one-two finish with Knight leading the way and senior David Sanders following to take second with a time of 49.57.
The Seminoles added three other wins on the day, with junior Paul Murray winning the 100 free with a time of 44.96. Sophomore Josh Friedel hung on to take first in the 200 back with a season-best readout of 1:49.06.
Senior Danny Nguyen led the way in the 200 IM, swimming to a time of 1:51.79
“We went one-two in the 100 fly and we were down big before that,” Harper said. “Danny had to win the 200 IM in order for us to have a chance at the end and he did that. That was his best in-season time. Like I said, it was a great team effort it would have been nice to go 6-for-6, but it keeps us humble and training hard and have us hungry for the next meet.”
The Seminoles needed to take first and second over Virginia Tech in the 400 free relay in order to win the meet, however both relays were disqualified, giving the Hokies the win.
“It was a great team effort,” Harper said. `We got better today and we became a better team and they have a lot of confidence with each other. We are looking forward to our next meet at home.”
The Seminoles will host their first meet of the season on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. against Florida Southern and Emory at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The tri-meet will be the annual `Paint it Pink’ event. For more information check back to Seminoles.com, Twitter (@FSU_Swimming) and Facebook for more information.