Oct. 10, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State swimming and diving teams are will begin the 2013-14 dual meet season as the women will face Tulane and West Florida at 2 p.m. on Friday. In its inaugural season, West Florida will host both teams at UWF Aquatic Center in the first-ever dual meet for the program.
Following the meet on Friday, both squads will battle Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at 11 a.m. (CT).
“We’re looking for some strong and aggressive racing,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We’re working on a lot of things to apply to our performances, but at this point, standing up and being really tough is the biggest thing.”
After a nine year absence, the Seminoles will clash again with the Green Wave by holding a 7-0 lead in the all-time series. The last meeting was back in 2004, when the Seminoles picked up wins over Tulane, FAMU and North Florida in the same day.
Friday and Saturday’s meets will also be the first competition for the Seminoles divers this season.
“We’re really excited,” senior Kelsey Goodman said. “We have an awesome freshmen class and it’s going to be really fun experiencing the meet with everyone. We’re all excited and we feel ready.”
Both men’s and women’s swimming teams are coming off a second place finish at the All-Florida Invite. In addition, senior Pavel Sankovich and junior Kaitlyn Dressel captured the first ACC Swimmer of the Week honors of the 2013-14 season after their performance throughout the grueling weekend (Sept. 27-29).
Alabama kicked off its 2013-14 campaign with convincing wins over Delta State while setting four new pool records at the DSU Aquatics Center. The FSU women own a 10-8 advantage over the Crimson Tide, while the men have a .500 average (11-11) in the all-time series.
Friday’s contest will follow a 16-event format with the 200 medley and 200 free relays starting and ending the meet. Saturday’s dual will follow the same format, however the 1650 free will be raced instead of the 1000 free as well as the meet will conclude with the 400 free relay.
“We’re excited for our first dual meet of the season,” junior Juan Sequera said. “We’ve got to go out and show them what we have. I’m pretty confident with our team. We’ve been training really hard both in the weight room and in the pool and we’re going to perform awesome this weekend.”
FSU Men’s Team Wins Sportsmanship Award
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team was awarded the Sportsmanship Award by the ACC for the 2012-13 season, which was announced by the league office this week. The Seminoles took the award along with the Boston College men’s swimming and diving team, the Virginia Tech women’s volleyball team and two NC State women’s basketball players.
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