After a week hiatus of competition and traveling, the Seminoles have been gearing up for another week of racing as we inch closer and closer to the mid-season invite. This weekend, The Florida State Seminoles will head across the country to take on Arizona State head-to-head for the first time ever. Currently, the Seminole men hold the 21st spot in the CSCAA national poll and will clash with the 8th ranked Arizona State Men’s team on their home turf. The women on both sides also received votes in the poll and should provide for a great weekend of competition in Tempe. The Noles have had a successful few weeks of training since our last meet and we are excited to take on a talented Arizona State team and see what we can do!
Florida State alumni, Bob Bowman (Michael Phelps’ coach) will be leading the charge for the Sun Devils as the head coach of the program for the last three years. This however will not be the only alumni interaction the team has had in the last couple of weeks. This past weekend, former Florida State swimming and diving alumni had made their way back to Tallahassee for the annual alumni weekend celebration. It was an incredible experience to interact and hangout with those who know what it’s like to swim for Florida State.
It did not matter the age difference, the events they swam, or the times they went, the fraternity of Florida State swimming was enough to bring everyone together and have an incredible weekend. The coolest part of the whole weekend for me was being able to hear each former swimmer’s stories about their time here which really made me stop and think about how special this place is and how much I am going to miss it. The alumni that made their way to the old stomping grounds shared much more than I ever expected, and if there was one thing that everyone had in common besides swimming at Florida State, it was the genuine love and excitement to have been a part of such a prestigious athletic department.
There is truly nothing better than wearing Garnet and Gold and I am forever thankful to represent such an incredible University. Go Noles!