Jan. 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept Florida Atlantic today at the Bobby E. Leach Center with the scores of 127-96 for the women and 131-96 for the men. With these wins, the Noles recorded a perfect record at home with each team being 4-0.
“This meet was important because we haven’t competed in a while,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Everyone came out gave a great effort. It was a good team effort.”
The Seminoles dominated on all fronts, but highlighting the evening for the Seminoles was sophomore Tom Neubacher, who took first place on the three-meter springboard event with a score of 404.15. With that mark, Neubacher set a new pool record, taking down last years’ senior Landon Marzullo, who set the previous record of 403.35 at the meet against Clemson on Jan. 15, 2011. For Neubacher, that score is a season high and he is now the third diver in the ACC to score over 400 points in the event.
Senior Lisi Rowland scored a 308.65, which qualified her for the NCAA Zone competition, which will be held Mar. 12-14 at the University of Auburn. All eight members of the diving team will now be competing at the event.
In the swimming portion of the meet, six Seminoles contributed wins for the first time this season. For the women, Sophomore Hannah Wilson picked up two victories in the 50 and 100 free events, touching at 24.52 in the 50 and 52.83 in the 100.
Junior Jamie Barrett led the Noles in the 400 IM, finishing first at 4:25.24 and junior Caroline Smith won the 200 back at 2:00.65.
In the 1000 free, sophomore Jack Deedrick posted a 9:31.84 en route to his first place finish at the beginning of the meet. Junior David Sanders won the 100 free with a time of 46.68 and sophomore Mike Thomas touched in first in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.77.
“We’ve been training real hard and the kids responded well,” Harper said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can get some rest on the bus and be ready in the morning.”
The Seminoles will head to Atlanta, Ga. for an ACC-showdown with Georgia Tech and North Carolina State tomorrow at 11 a.m. This is also the last weekend the Seminoles will be in competition before the ACC Championships, which are schedule for Feb.15-18 for the women and both men’s and women’s diving. The men’s portion of the event will follow on Feb.22-25. Both championships will be held at Christiansburg, Va.
Check back to Seminoles.com and twitter (FSU_Swimming) for updates throughout the weekend.