October 29, 1999 - by
Seminoles Host Defending National Champion And No. 2 Ranked Auburn Tigers

Oct. 29, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State Seminole swimming and diving team host the defending National Champion Auburn Tigers on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00am. The swimming will take place at the Stults Pool with the diving at the Leach Aquatic Center. FSU is 2-1 going into the weekend.

The men had the weekend off after taking on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and NC State Wolfpack in Atlanta October 16th. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech 210-88 but fell to the Wolfpack 163-123. The Seminoles set seven new pool records and won nine events in the tri-meet . Greg Main-Baillie led the team, winning the 100 Back (51.51), 200 Back (1:52.29) and 50 Free (21.17) all in pool record times. Brett Petersen added his points with wins in the 100 Breast (57.84) and 200 Breast (2:07.18), both pool records. Steven Forson added points with a win in the 50.56 (pool record) with the team of Main-Baillie, Petersen, Forson and Kevin Flangan winning the 200 Medley Relay in a pool record time of 1:32.02. Divers Brent Burkman and Glenn Gonzales took one and two in the one and three-meter springboard respectively with Lou Dondero and Ben Nuttall taking 4th and 5th on the boards.

Meet Neil Harper

Head Coach Neil Harper is no stranger to Florida State swimming and diving. The 1988 graduate of Louisiana State served as the assistant coach from 1994-97 before heading to Ohio State University where he was the head coach for the Lady Buckeyes from 1997-99.

“I’m excited with the potential the Florida State swimming program has already established,” Harper said. “I’m happy to be back in Tallahassee and have the opportunity to complete someting I started three years ago with the 1996 recruiting class.”

At LSU, Harper was a seven time All-American, four time SEC Champion and was team captain as a senior. He also competed in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a member of the British National Team. Harper was a member of the 400m Medley Relay that finished 6th at the 1984 games and 4th in the 1988 games.

Harper and his wife Paige are the proud parents of Katherine (4) and Kelly (2).

Where to Watch FSU Swimming and Diving

The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving home meets will be held at the Stults Aquatic Center, across from the Student Union, and the Leach Aquatic Center. Location will be determined by weather, time and day. Most of the diving will be held in the Leach Aquatic Center.

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