Jan. 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a thrilling end to 2010, the Florida State swimming and diving team is ready to return to the competition pool on Saturday, January 8, at 1:00 p.m., indoors at the Bobby E. Leach Center. The Seminoles will take on ACC foe Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington.
“We are really looking forward to getting back into racing mode,” head coach Neil Harper said. “The kids have worked really hard and had a great training camp. Now instead of competing against each other we can get up and race against other teams.”
FSU wrapped up the fall season with a pair of upset victories against fourth-ranked Florida. The wins helped propel the Seminole men to a No. 19 ranking in the CSCCA rankings, while the women entered the top 25 at No. 24.
“I think most people were happy with the way we swam and we ended the fall on a good note,” Harper said. “The kids certainly raised the bar on their expectations, but we have to get faster to compete at ACC’s and a good portion of the team will be competing for those spots on the conference team. Each swimmer will have to step up and show that they can earn a position on that team.
This will be the second conference meet for the women and the first for the men. The women defeated Miami in October. The men are 30-1 all-time against the Yellow Jackets, while the women own an 8-0 edge including victories in Atlanta, Ga., last season. Both squads are 6-0 against UNC-Wilmington.
“Georgia Tech is a perfect rival and they have some great athletes,” Harper said. “Our dual meets have always been competitive with both teams winning events and the meet coming down to the final third. It’s also great to get UNC-Wilmington back on the schedule as they come off of their training camp as well.”
Florida State wrapped up its annual training trip in Naples, Fla. In addition to fierce competition in and out of the pool, the team volunteered in the community at either the Fleischmann Afterschool Club or the Harbor Chase Assisted Living Facility. The Fleischmann Afterschool Club was developed as an afterschool stop for children of working parents and Harbor Chase is the home to older adults who would like to enjoy the company of others, or have special needs that give them the inability to live on their own.
“We had some great team bonding experiences including some community service that helped the team come together even more,” Harper said.
As always admission is free and t-shirts will be thrown into the crowd for each event win for the Seminoles. For complete results and a meet recap, log onto www.seminoles.com.