Sept. 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s and women’s Florida State swimming teams competed in their first of two exhibition contests today at the Morcom Aquatics Center. Sophomores Kaityln Dressel and Juan Sequera were the top scorers for each of the two teams over the course of five events.
“I was very pleased with the performance of the team,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We’ve really been hitting it hard in the weight room and with dryland as well as in the pool, so it’s very early in the season but the times were very good today. There were a lot winning times that I was encouraged by that stood out and were impressive and they’re performing them even when they’re beat up and tired.”
Dressel won heats of the 50 free (23.48), 100 breast (1:07.19) and 200 free (1:54.43)while Sequera went four-for-five and won the 100 fly (51.22), 100 back (52.76), 100 breast(57.99) and 200 free(1:44.15).
Two FSU Pentathlon records were broken, as senior Mark Weber set a new mark in the 50 free at 20.30 and junior Ashley Hicks tied the 100 back record at 57.15. Hicks was also a heat winner in the 100 fly with a time of 24.76.
Recording three victories was senior Jamie Barrett who won her heats of the 100 fly (58.17), 100 back (59.51) and 100 breast (1:08.28),
Junior Hannah Wilson took two victories in the 50 free (24.76) and 200 free (1:56.68). Also winning two heats was freshman Bianca Spinazzola, who touched in 59.01 in the 100 fly and 57.50 in the 100 back while junior Tiffany Oliver took her heats of the 50 free (23.86) and 200 free (1: 52.97).
Joining Sequera with multiple victories on the men’s side was freshman Anthony McMurray, sophomore Connor Knight and junior Richard Hildebrand. Knight had three, starting with the 100 fly (50.25),100 breast (1:04.72) and 200 free 1:45.98). McMurray won his heats of the 50 free (21.60) and 100 back (53.92) while Hildebrand took the 50 free (22.22) and 100 breast (59.36).
“As a whole, I was pleasantly surprised and it was a great way to get the preseason started,” Harper said. “Now we can focus on getting kids in some of their prime events for the Garnet vs. Gold meet next weekend. It will be true test after another hard week of work, but today was a good start.”
The Seminoles will compete in their second exhibition of the season next Friday at 3 p.m. in the Garnet vs. Gold meet.
Heat Winners (Four heats for women, five for men)