Nov. 22, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When you face your biggest rival at the end of November every year, the weather normally dictates you swim indoors. However, with temperatures expected to stay above 60 degrees on Tuesday, the Florida State swimming and diving team will take on fourth-ranked Florida at the Morcom Aquatic Center at 5:00 p.m.
“We are very excited to be hosting Florida at Morcom for the first time,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Florida is in a class by themselves with the amount of NCAA Champions and Olympians on their roster, this will be one of our greatest challenges.”
The under the lights meet will be a first for the Seminoles at their new facility and the excitement level is high. After all, the `Noles just returned from a successful Georgia Tech Invite where the 20th-ranked men won the championship and the women took home second. Yet, this meet will put the resolve of FSU to the test.
“We gave our team a little bit of rest this weekend and we performed well,” Harper said. “While the Gators haven’t had the rest we had, they have so much talent from top to bottom on their roster, it will be difficult to match, rest or no rest.”
Florida owns the edge in the all-time series on both sides. The Gators are 48-23-1 against the men and 33-1 against the women. Last year Florida won both meets in Gainesville, Fla., not to mention the women are defending National Champions.
“We certainly have some athletes who can compete with their top swimmers,” Harper said. “But they have a roster full of NCAA Champions and Olympians. Our only Olympians have exhausted their eligibility and have been coaching for the last 25 years.”
Admission is free and free prizes will be given away throughout the meet. For results and a recap from the Florida meet, log onto www.seminoles.com.