October 12, 2011 - by
Going Big While at Home

Oct. 12, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are ready to face their toughest of dual meet competitions when they welcome SEC powers in LSU Alabama and South Carolina at the Morcom Aquatics Center this weekend.

The Noles will face off against LSU on Friday at 3 p.m., where they will look to avenge last season’s heartbreaking losses. Since 2005, the men are 2-4 against the Tigers and the women are locked at 3-3.

On Saturday, the Seminoles will face both Alabama and South Carolina at 11 a.m. Last season’s dual with Alabama ended in a split, with the women edging out the Crimson Tide 157-143, but the men came up short, 157.5-141.5. The Gamecocks haven’t seen dual meet competition with the Seminoles since the 2007-08 season which resulted with a Seminole victory.

The Seminoles are coming off of a second place finish at the All-Florida Invite and will be led by Senior Mateo De Angulo who won two events this past weekend at the All-Florida invite. After this weekend’s battles, De Angulo will head to Guadalajara, Mexico to compete in the Pan-American Games where the Colombian native will swim the 200m and 1500m free events.

The women’s team will enter this weekend with a record of 2-0, after they bested both Miami and Florida Gulf Coast on Oct. 1 in Coral Gables, Fla. where freshmen Ginny Grams, Kaitlyn Dressel and Elizabeth Pepper all contributed first place finishes in their collegiate debuts.

On the boards, junior Ariel Rittenhouse displayed her Olympic diving skills at the All-Florida invite as she pulled away from the rest of the field on the 3-meter,scoring a total of 333.90, 32 points ahead of the closest competitor. Freshman Ford McLiney also turned in a second place finish on the 1-meter springboard.

Saturday’s meet is packed with promotions. The women’s swimming and diving team will wear pink caps in honor of the “Paint it Pink” event. With a ten dollar donation to the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Health Center, fans will receive an official FSU “Paint it Pink” t-shirt.

In addition to De Angulo, seniors Michael Aiken, Mike Neubacher, Tori Richmond, Stephanie Sarandos, Charlotte Broadbent and Lisi Rowland will be recognized for their achievements throughout their collegiate careers before the meet begins.

After the competition, the Noles will host a youth clinic for kids under the age of 14, instructing them on basic swimming and diving skills.

For results and more information, check back to Seminoles.com and twitter (@FSU_swimming) throughout the weekend.

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