October 4, 2017 - by
Connor’s Corner: Up Next, Minnesota

My name is Connor Kalisz and I am a senior swimmer on the Florida State swimming and diving team. I am so thankful to wear the Garnet and Gold and I look forward to taking time to reflect on my last year with the people who made my four years here everything I thought it would be and more. This is the first of many posts from me which will contain my experiences and ramblings from the duration of this year and I hope – if anything –  to convey how much Florida State means to me and everyone else around me.

It has been a few weeks post Hurricane Irma and despite the storm, the Seminoles have been working hard preparing for another great season. Irma, while eventful, was just the beginning of a memorable couple of weeks full of noteworthy performances. Since the storm, the Seminoles had competed in the annual Garnet and Gold intrasquad meet, traveled to Gainesville for a successful All Florida Invite and throw in some international medals for freshman diver, Josh Davidson.

Per usual, the Garnet & Gold meet was a battle in the trenches, resulting in the Garnet team taking home the win (not to brag or anything) … The All Florida invite boasted a bunch of impressive performances, highlighted by the women’s team taking home four relay wins against the University of Florida. While this past weekend, Josh Davidson competed in the Junior Pan American games, bringing home a gold and silver medal for team USA after two incredible performances.

The Seminoles look to keep the hype going as the University of Minnesota comes to town on Saturday, October 7th, for a head to head battle against the Noles. This will be the first home meet of the season and being a senior with only a few more meets left, it is a surreal feeling knowing that my time as an FSU student-athlete is coming to an end. The last time we faced the Gophers was at home in 2015 – my sophomore year. The men look to move to 2-0 after a narrow victory from our last encounter and the women will be hunting for their first win over Minnesota in our home pool.  For the seniors, our time is winding down, but it I am looking forward to sharing the pool with my teammates this weekend to kick off the last couple of home meets I have left. Go Noles!

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