January 18, 2018
Swim & Dive Hosts Another Top 25 Foe This Weekend


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The nationally ranked Florida State swimming and diving teams are set for another top 25 showdown, welcoming No. 22/22 Notre Dame to the Morcom Aquatics Center starting on Friday for a two-day dual.

“We’re very excited to host Notre Dame,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They have a great team and it will be a huge test for us. They are having a great year and are also highly ranked. We’re looking forward to continuing to work on things for the post season.”

The Meet

The meet will feature 19 events over the course of two sessions. Friday’s meet will start at 4 p.m. as teams will compete in the 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free 100 IM and 400 free relay. Saturday’s events will start at 2 p.m. with the 400 medley relay, 500 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM and 200 free relay. Diving will compete simultaneously in 1-meter and 3-meter.


By welcoming Notre Dame, Florida State will have faced a total of 10 teams in duals this season.


Saturday’s session will serve as Youth Day, with a cookie decorating station for kids in grades K-8. It will also be the Gold Letter Meet.


Live timing will be available through sportstiming.com and meet mobile.


The Series

The two-day dual will be the second meeting in program history between both squads. The Seminoles traveled to South Bend, Ind. on Nov. 12, 1994 and defeated the Irish 137-106 (women) and 132.5-98.5 (men).

On Notre Dame

Both teams came in ranked at No. 22 in the CSCAA poll that was released on Jan. 17 behind records of 5-2 (men) and 8-1 (women).

The Fighting Irish started the 2017-18 season hot as both squads knocked off (No.7/9) Louisville before (No.23/16) Purdue. The women also added a big win over No. 1 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 9.

In addition to a combined five wins over ranked teams, Notre Dame has defeated Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Iowa and Illinois.  No. 15/5 Texas A&M was the lone team to hand both Notre Dame squads a loss.

The Last Time Out

Last weekend, Florida State nearly defeated No.20/17 Alabama as both meets came down to the final 200 free relay. Both teams suffered a loss by a combined 23 points. The men dropped to 3-4 on the season with the loss, and the women’s team came out with a hefty victory over Miami, moving to 4-5.

The women’s team was led by senior Natalie Pierce, who had the best dual meet performance of her career, winning the 100 breast and 200 breast. The men’s team kept the meet close with Alabama thanks to depth, scoring three competitors in each event.

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