October 27, 2011 - by
An ACC Showdown

Oct. 27, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are back in action this weekend as they head to Christiansburg, Va. for an ACC faceoff between Virginia Tech and Duke. Also joining in on the competition is UNC-Wilmington.

The Seminoles are coming off one of their best showings where both teams defeated three SEC schools in one weekend in LSU, South Carolina and Alabama. The women have started off 2011-2012 campaign 5-0, 1-0 and the men are currently 3-0 heading into this weekend.

Back from his performances at the Pan-American Games is senior Mateo De Angulo, who earned a second swim in the 200m free, placing 13th overall. He’s posted strong showings in the distance events turning in three top times in the ACC in the 500 free at 4:25.00, 1000 free at 9:20.94 and the 1650 free at 15:25.33. De Angulo is also six for six for first places in his individual events.

Sophomore Tiffany Oliver holds the top spot in the ACC in the 100 free at 49.89 and senior Stephanie Sarandos is the fastest 200 backstroker in the conference with a time of 2:00.44. Junior Ariel Rittenhouse’s performance at the All-Florida Invite on the three-meter springboard with a score of 333.90 is the best in the ACC as well.

Despite being in the same conference, The Seminoles have only faced Duke a pair of times on the men’s side and the women have only met once in dual meet competition.
This season, Duke has claimed two of the first ACC performer of the week honors in junior Ben Hwang and sophomore Christine Wixted after the Blue Devil’s split against Maryland last weekend. The men’s team won 177.5-121.5 and the ladies fell to the Terrapins 186-111.

Hwang turned in a 50 free time of 19.84 which is currently the top time in the nation and Wixted posted the fastest 100 (1:02. 26) and 200 (2:14.92) breast times in the ACC.

Virginia Tech has already claimed ACC wins against NC State and UNC-Wilmington is also coming off of a win against Gardner-Webb.

“This will be a great battle for us,” head coach Neil Harper said. “Not only will it give us great competition with ACC rivals, but it gives us a shot to swim a meet in the pool where the ACC Championships are being held.”

The Seminoles will head back to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in February for the ACC Championships, which are hosted by Virginia Tech.

The meet will begin at 12 p.m. and will follow the 16 event format. Check into Seminoles.com and twitter (@fsu_swimming) for updates. In addition, the 2011-2012 swimming and diving almanac is now available at Seminoles.com under the swimming and diving page.

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