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Florida State Swimming & Diving Wraps Up Dual Meet Season With NCAA Champion Auburn

Jan. 28, 2005

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The Lead-Off Leg:
Florida State Swimming & Diving vs. #1/2 Auburn
Leach Center -- Tallahassee, Fla.
Saturday, January 29, 11 a.m.
#24 Women: (13-3, 4-1 ACC) #24 Men: (10-2, 4-0 ACC)

The Nuts & Bolts:

Florida State Wraps Up Dual Meet Season With NCAA Champion Auburn
Apart from Florida State University’s biannual home tilt with rival Florida, Saturday, January 29, may be the biggest home meet in school history. The Seminoles will conclude their 2004-05 dual meet season with men’s and women’s defending national champions Auburn at 11 a.m. in the Leach Center. The Tigers’ men’s team is ranked number one in the country by the College Swim Coaches Association, while the women are just a spot back.

Saturday Is Final Home Meet For 12 Seniors
Besides the normal intensity that will come from taking on last year’s champ, there will be some added emotion in the air Saturday as 12 seniors take part in their final home meet. Competing at home one more time will be: Michael Averett (Dave, Fla.), Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), Andrew Castro (Miami, Fla.), Lisa How (Preston, England), Laura Kenney (Plano, Texas), Angie Leach (Leesburg, Fla.) Golda Marcus (Coral Springs, Fla.), Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.), Alan Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Curtis Schroeger (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), Andrew Skaggs (Jacksonville, Fla.), and Kayce Zemina (Plantation, Fla.).

Men Try For First Win Against Auburn, Women Go For Fourth
The all-time series is pretty lopsided in the Tigers’ favor with Auburn holding an 8-3 advantage on the women’s side and a perfect 12-0 in the men’s competition. The last meeting between the two schools came during the 2000-01 campaign in Tallahassee. Auburn took the men’s meet 145-84 and the women’s contest 143-90. On the men’s side, Florida State is 95-90 against the SEC, while the women are 30-69 versus the conference.

Seminoles Sweep Florida A&M
Without a dual meet since Florida in mid November, FSU deck boss Neil Harper wanted his team to knock off the rust before its meet with Auburn this weekend. The Seminoles got back into competitive waters with a pair of victories over crosstown rival Florida A&M. Both squads won every event with the men taking a 143-58 decision, while the women came away victorious 137-34.

Both Squads Remain In CSCAA Top 25
Florida State has maintained its spot among the nation’s best programs with both teams ranked in the top 25 by the CSCAA. In the latest poll, released January 27, the Seminoles rank 24th in both the men’s and women’s ratings. Seven of the men’s opponents this year are ranked in the top 25, including four in the top 10 with six on the women’s side. The ACC has four teams in both polls, which ranks it third in each rating.

Women Reach 10 Wins For Fourth Time Under Harper, Men Make Third
Four the fourth-straight season, the women’s squad has reached the ten-win plateau under Neil Harper’s direction. For the men, the win over FAMU gave them ten on the year, putting them at the mark for the third time in four seasons. Over the last four years, both the women (54) and men (40) have more wins than any team in the ACC. Maryland’s women are second at 39 and the Virginia men have 34.

ACC Performer Of The Week Nominees:
Women – Sophomore Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) Here’s Why: Won both boards in the Seminoles’ dual meet against Florida A&M on Saturday…Mark of 320.85 on the one-meter board is the best in the league this season and a career high. Posted a score of 327.45 on the three-meter is the second-highest six-dive total in the ACC this year…Both scores are NCAA Zone Meet qualifying marks.
Men – Freshman Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) Here’s Why: One of two Seminoles to collect two individual victories on the men’s side against Florida A&M and only swimmer to accomplish the feat..Stayed perfect in dual meet races in the 200 fly as he captured his second victory in the event…Notched his fifth triumph in the 200 backstroke on the year.

Marcus Wins Both Distance Races Against The Rattlers
Apart from Brittany Lerew, the only other women to win two events was senior Golda Marcus. She started the meet by winning the 1,000 freestyle by nearly 30 seconds with her time of 10:14.72. Marcus came back to win the 500 free in a time of 5:06.56. This season she has seven victories in four different events.

Tilbrook Post Season Highs On Both Boards
Dominating the men’s diving events against Florida A&M was rookie Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.). He posted a 339.60 to win the one-meter board, while his 359.10 ran away with the blue ribbon in the three-meter competition. His three-meter tally is tops in the league, while his score on the one-meter rates second. Overall, the men had eight new season-high marks against FAMU with two career-highs by Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y) and Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) and a new three-meter score by Jason Beinlich.

Seminole Sprints: News and Notes
Stepping up for a pair of personal-best times against FAMU was rookie Brittany Stevens (Peachtree City, Ga.) as she notched a second-place 24.84 in the 50 free to go along with a 2:08.07 in the 200 butterfly…Fellow rookie Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) won the 200 individual medley in his first shot at the event, posting a 1:55.18 that is the third-fastest 200 IM time by a Seminole this year…Sophomore diving Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) produced a pair of career-high scores last week with her 296.48 on the one-meter board and 289.95 in the three-meter. Both scores put her in the ACC Top Ten…Freshman Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) hit the wall with a career-best, second-place time of 9:29.54 in the 1,000 free.

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