Jan. 16, 2004
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Who: Florida State Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving What: At Georgia Tech When: Saturday, January 17 (12 p.m.) Where: Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech Aquatic Center)
FSU GOES FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT ACC VICTORY AT RAMBLING WRECK: Coming off a pair of victories over North Carolina State, the Florida State University men’s (7-2 overall, 1-1 ACC) and women’s (12-2 overall, 1-0 ACC) swimming and diving teams get on the road for its next competition. The Seminoles face their second Atlantic Coast Conference team in as many weeks when they take on Georgia Tech Saturday (January 17) at 12 p.m.
Florida State has been nearly perfect against the Yellow Jackets. On the men’s side, the Tribe holds a 24-1 advantage, while the women are 2-0 against the Rambling Wreck in the only two meetings. Both of the women’s victories have come under Neil Harper to go along with a 4-0 men’s mark. Last season the men produced a 157-80 triumph, while the women won 144.5-98.5.
SEMINOLES MOVE UP THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: The latest College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll had to put a smile on the face of FSU deck boss Neil Harper. The women’s team jumped up to 18th in the nation, its highest ranking under the fifth-year head coach. The Seminole men’s team also moved up a notch, going from 25th to 24th.
FSU SWIMMERS RANK AMONG THE COUNTRY’S FASTEST: The top 50 times in the country released by Shave and Taper are colored with Garnet and Gold. The women have at least one swimmer in 16 different events, with the best individual ranking coming from Emma Dutton (Bradford, England) who’s 50 free time of 22.73 is fifth. All six of the women’s relays are in the top 15, led by the 200 medley relay that rates third at 1:41.37.
On the men’s side, Florida State is almost as productive, with entries into 13 events. Freshman Tommy Bishop (Houston, Texas) leads the way with his No. 12 time of 9:13.97 in the 1,000 free. Of the five ranked relays, the 200 free relays tops out at number seven.
TRIBE GETS BACK INTO LEAGUE ACTION WITH WINS OVER NC STATE: Both the men and the women got their first conference victories of the year when they defeated North Carolina State on January 9. The men’s team scored a 134-103 triumph against the Wolfpack, while the women were victorious by a tally of 148-93. The men only won seven of the 13 events, but relied on its depth to pick up two of the three top finishers in all but one event. On the flip side, the women’s team dominated with a dozen victories.
HEY’S BACK!: The men’s team has gotten a big boost during the spring semester with the return of senior Wickus Nienaber (Manzini, Swaziland). During the fall Nienaber contracted noncontiguous malaria when he returned home for the All-Africa games. The disease limited his physical activity for several weeks and he did not compete until January 3 against UNC-Wilmington.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Strengthening the depth on the women’s team is the addition of freshman Renee Gajda, who joined the team at the semester. A native of Gold Coast, Australia, she will help the