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Swimming and Diving Hosts Florida Gators

November 18, 1998

Next Matchup:

Florida Gators

Friday, November 20

3pm at the Bobby E. Leach Center

FSU Women (4-1, 1-0 in ACC) take on the #13 Lady Gators (3-1, 1-1 in SEC)

The Lady Seminoles started the season off with wins over IRCC(153-83) and FAU(167-72) and a loss to Miami (103-138) in a quad meet at Miami. The women then headed out west to take on Washington State and came home with a win 113-91. The Lasy Seminoles took a win over N.C. State as well early in the season as they defeated the Wolfpack 126-117.

The Lady Seminoles are 0-23 against Florida. In last years meet, Florida State lost to the Gators 84-157.

This Year’s Women’s Squad

After last years 5-2 record and sixth place finish at the ACCs, this years womens squad looks very promising. The return of All-Americans Anne Blachford and Samantha White and a solid recruiting class will provide the necessary strength to score at the NCAA Champioships.

Blachford spent the first part of last season on the pool deck after breaking her collarbone but returned to finish 2nd in the 100 Breast at the ACCs while White, a senior co-captain, finished 3rd inthe 100 Breast at the ACCs. Senior Sherri Fowler and sophomore Kristen Adams return as top point scorers. The diving squad returns two divers, Marya Sabesky and Kirsti Carrihill, and welcome Caren Hirai to their squad.

NCAA hopefuls and newcomers Tanya Gurr, Summer Washburn and Amber Goodwin will add to the scoring at ACCs and NCAAs. Brianna Kloote, Lisa Kirsch and Amber McClain will add depth and points for the Lady Seminoles.

#13 FSU men’s (4-0, 1-0 in ACC) take on #19 Florida (3-2 (1-1 in SEC)

The #13 Seminoles opened the season with wins over FAU (186-60), IRCC (151-8) and #22 Miami (175-66). FSU then headed to N.C. State for an ACC match-up with the Wolfpack. The Seminoles trailed going into the relay but the team of Julio Santos, Matt McVittie, Kevin Flanagan and Keam Ang won the 200 Free Relay to clinch the win for FSU 123-120.

The Seminoles are 22-38 against the Gators. In last years meet in Gainesville, the Seminoles led until the final relay when the Gators clinched the win 119-124.

With the return of six All-Americans and two National Champions, the Seminoles look to improve on the 13th place finish at the NCAAs.

Seniors Brendond Dedekind and Stephen Parry lead the way for the Seminoles. Dedekind won the 50 Free NCAA Championship last year and is a five time individual All-American. Parry, a co-captian, was FSUs first NCAA individual swimming National Champion when he won the 200 Fly in 1997. Also returning for the Seminoles four other All-Americans fromthe 1998 season. Seniors Matt McVittie, a co-captain, and Julio Santos and juniors Kevin Flanagan and Brett Petersen return after scoring at the NCAAs last year. The diving squad returns all three divers in juniors Brent Burkman, Glenn Gonzales, and Ben Nuttall.

The Seminoles welcome three newcomers to the teamthis year. Freshman Jonathun Fry, Jonathan Kaplan and Michael Singleton don the garnet and gold and will add depth and strength to the Seminole squad.

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