Sept. 24, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It was close throughout, but in the end both the Garnet and Gold came out winners at the Morcom Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon. On the men’s side the Garnet squad won 114-103 while the Gold women defeated the Garnet 113-109.
“It’s always difficult to try and pick the teams,” head coach Neil Harper said. “You never know how the kids are going to swim, but we had some great swims today and the team morale was excellent.”
For the men, it took a resilient effort from senior Ian Rowe to seal the deal. Rowe stepped up for the Garnet to swim the 200 breast and won the event to give his team a comfortable lead. The women’s meet came down to the final 50 in the final event, with a pair of freshmen dueling down the stretch. Julia Henkel out-touched Sara McMahon to secure the win for the Gold.
“We want our team to fight to win,” Harper said. “We need to be fighting for points. This meet came down to a bunch of fourth and fifth-place finishes and I thought our kids fought for those spots.”
Several swimmers earned victories in two events on the day including Rowe who also won the 200 back (1:52.79). Freshman Tyler Sell won the 500 free (4:37.37) and 1000 free (9:24.75). Sophomore Mark Weber earned wins in the 50 free (21.15) and 100 free (46.62) and freshman Tiffany Oliver won the 50 free (23.81) and 100 free (51.18) as well.
The Seminole begin the regular season next Friday, October 1, in Gainesville, Fla., at the State of Florida Invite. For results and recaps from the meet log onto www.seminoles.com.