TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams will compete in the second of three invitationals of the semester starting on Thursday at the Georgia Tech Invite. The three-day prelim-final meet runs Thursday through Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
“We’ve stacked the year with three invites up front,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “This meet is going to give us a good indication of what we have. It’s not going to be an easy three days, but we’re ready for the challenge. There is going to be some great racing and we’re going to have to step up and compete.”
A combination of 23 teams will be represented at the meet, including four-nationally ranked squads.
Arkansas, Bowling Green, Campbell, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami, Colorado State and Vanderbilt will field only women’s teams while Indian River State College, (No. 7/No. 16) Florida, Florida Atlantic and (No. 24 men) Georgia Tech will compete in both men’s and women’s events.
The diving portion of the meet will also feature teams from Auburn, College of Charleston, South Carolina, Tulane and Utah.
The FSU men’s team was listed at No. 20 in Nov. 19 CSCAA poll, while the women’s team received votes in the previous week.
Both teams are 1-2 on the season after defeating Florida Southern on Nov. 7 following a pair of ACC losses to NC State (No. 6/20) and Georgia Tech (No. 24) on Oct. 25.
“We went through a little growing pain up front but I am anxious to see how we step up and perform,” Bradley said. “Our kids need to find a way to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and be aggressive. I’m excited for the weekend.”
Prelims will start at 10 a.m. each day and finals will follow at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Live streaming of the meet can be found at Ramblingwreck.com and will require an all-access subscription. Live scoring will be available online and through the meet mobile app.
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De Angulo Wins Gold
Former FSU men’s swimming and diving team standout Mateo De Angulo grabbed gold in the men’s 400m free with a new meet record of 3:53.20 at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.
While representing Colombia, De Angulo outlasted Marcel Acosta from Salvador (3:53.39) for the gold, lowering his national record time.
“He’s having a great meet,” Bradley said. “Mateo had a great summer training and he carried that into this meet and that’s very encouraging to see. He’s been working hard and he’s setting himself really well for (the Olympic Games) Rio.”
Earlier in the week, De Angulo grabbed silver in the 1500m free with another Colombian National standard of 15:26.71.
De Angulo will also compete in the finals of the 200m free on Wednesday evening.
The Cali, Colombia native was the 2012 ACC Swimmer of the Year, All-American and current FSU record holder in the 1000 free (8:54.28) and 1650 free (14:42.77) races.