Oct. 2, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Swimming and Diving team took home the first weekly honors of the 2012-13 season. Senior Mark Weber and junior Tiffany Oliver were recognized by the conference office on Tuesday, Oct. 2 as the ACC Swimmers of the Week for their efforts at the All-Florida Invite this past weekend in Gainesville, Fla.
“I’m very excited that we were able to take the ACC Swimmer of the Week awards early,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Each week, these awards are very competitive and prestigious honors and I thought that Mark and Tiffany were able to separate themselves with how fast they swam this past weekend.”
A returning All-American, Weber won the 50 free and posted a time of 20.03. After the first weekend of competition, the Warner Robins, Ga. native set the top time in the NCAA. Weber was a part of another victory at the meet as he anchored the 200 free relay with a split of 19.30 seconds for a final time of 1:20.09, which is another top time in the NCAA.
Weber swam in two other individual finals at the meet as he posted a fourth place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 49.68. He also took fifth in the 100 free, touching with a time of 45.50.
In addition, Weber is also a major asset on relays, as he anchored all four that he was a part of at the competition. He was the on the tail end of a second place finishing 400 free relay, splitting 43.81 seconds for an overall time of 2:59.97.
“Mark and Tiffany continued their success from the spring season,” Harper said. “They were committed this summer and swam well at Olympic Trials and you can see their hard work showing up this early on in the season.”
Oliver has also set the top time in the NCAA after one week of competition as she won the 100 free with a time of 49.91. This is the earliest in the season that the Southwest Ranches, Fla. native has broken the 50-second barrier. Last season, Oliver qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event behind an FSU school record- setting performance of 48.93.
On top of her six individual races between prelims and finals, Oliver was a part of all five relays this weekend. She lead-off the 200 free relay with a split of 23.25 as well as the 400 free relay at the end of the meet.
Individually, Oliver swam to a third place finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.26 and a fourth place showing in the 200 free, touching with a 1:51.36.
“We had some great swims across the board that were right up with Tiffany and Mark,” Harper said. “But those two did separate themselves and set the bar high in their events for the rest of college swimming.”
The women will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. for their first dual meet of the season against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, Oct.6 at 11 a.m. For updates and more information, check back to Seminoles.com, Twitter (@FSU_Swimming) and Facebook.