*The meet has been moved from 12 p.m. to 1:30 pm*
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The (RV/19) Florida State swimming and diving teams are set to begin a three-meet homestand on Friday as it welcomes No.20/17 Alabama and Miami to the Morcom Aquatics Center at 1:30 p.m.
“We’re excited to be at home with two great opponents,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They’re both great teams. We went to Alabama last year and it wasn’t our best weekend, by far, so we’re excited to have them here at home. They have a great team and great coaching staff and it’s not too far so it’s a good rivalry to continue and obviously Miami is in our conference and FSU-Miami has some great history.”
The meet is the first of three scheduled at home for January, which is the first time FSU has hosted three duals in the month since 2007.
Competition will follow the 16 event format. Swimmers will compete in the 1650 free, 500 free, 50 free, 400 IM along with the 100s and 200s of each stroke in addition to the 200 medley and free relays. Both men’s and women’s 1-meter and 3-meter diving will run simultaneously to swimming.
The women’s team holds a 26-11 lead in the all-time series over the Hurricanes. FSU last faced Miami at home in 2014, winning by a score of 174-113 behind 12 event victories.
When facing Alabama, both squads are tied in the all-time series (10-10 women, 12-12 men). The Crimson Tide won the last meetings in Tuscaloosa in 2017 (170-130 women, 182-11 men).
Earlier this season, the men won the Georgia Tech Invite over No. 14 Alabama by a difference of 395 points, while the women finished third behind the No. 11 Crimson Tide by a total of 95.5.
The Seminoles also had an early look at Miami at the All Florida Invite, scoring 407 more points than the Hurricanes in order to place second.
The Hurricanes are 3-3 on the year, securing wins over James Madison, Michigan State and Nova Southeastern.
Miami has two freshmen school record breakers this season as Alaina Skellet has set the standard in the 200 back, most recently at the Big Al Open with a time of 1:56.39. Annie Kyriakidis set a Miami record in the 200 breast (2:13.37) at the Big Al Open as well.
Senior diver Wally Layland is enjoying a successful final season, where she was named ACC Co-Diver of the week after her performance at the SMU classic, where she was the diving MVP.
The Hurricanes also have a men’s diving squad that is loaded with talent, including redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore who was an NCAA Champion on platform last season and senior Briadam Herrera, who was the 2017 ACC Diver of the Year. Rookie Zach Cooper joined the squad this season, and is a two-time junior national champ on platform.
The 20th-ranked women’s team holds a record of 2-2, boosting wins over Delta State and No. 9 Auburn. It was their first win over the rival since 1996. The 17th-ranked men are 1-3 on the season, suffering losses to No. 9 Auburn and No. 3 Florida.
The Crimson tide has seven swimmers ranked in the top-25 nationally, led by junior Robert Howard, who holds the top 100 free time at 41.99. He is also third in the 50 free (19.11) and 11th in the 200 free (1:33.75).
The women also field some of the fastest swimmers in the country, led by junior Justine Macfarlane is 11th in the nation in the 100 breast (59.82) and 21st in the 200 breast (2:09.58).
Last Time Out for the Noles
The Seminoles suffered losses to nationally ranked (19/6) Florida on Jan. 5, however senior Chad Mylin and freshman Josh Davidson were named the ACC Performers of the Week.
Davidson was dominant on 1-meter and 3-meter, winning both events while Mylin helped FSU to a second place finish in the 200 medley relay before finishing second in the 50 free at 19.75.
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