TALLAHASSEE, Florida, January 26. THE Florida State swimming and diving team upended the Pioneers from Indian River Community College 153-80 in women's competition and 132-106 in the men's competition. With the win, the seventh ranked women's team preserves their spotless 9-0 record. The victory for the 15th ranked men's team improves their record to 5-1 on the season.
The women's team was paced by sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) who won her first events of the season with the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley victories, with times of 1:52.29 and 4:25.93 respectively. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) turned in a fast time of 51.71 to win the 100 freestyle that impressed many.
"Abbie King's 50 free really stood out for me," commented head coach Neil Harper. "I thought that was a real good swim. That's been an event that she's been struggling with for the past couple years, she has really had the identity of a 50 (yard freestyle) swimmer. That really stood out to me because that was a really fast swim for her."
Junior distance swimmer Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) delivered two victories in the 500 and 1,000 Freestyle events. He touched the wall in times of 4:32.11 and 9:00.22. Freshman diver Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won both the one and three meter diving events with six dive NCAA Zone standard totals of 342.22, and 380.33. Senior Alex Kennon (Orlando, Fla.) took a victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:39.82, he then went on to take second place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.39.
Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) joined the ranks of the dual victors by winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.01 and the 100-yard breaststroke in a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.60. Sophomore sensation Christie Raleigh (Tom's River, N.J.) took top pegging in the 100 butterfly and was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay with times of 54.57 and 3:30.59.
"I just told the team," added coach Harper, "that when they were youngsters growing up in swimming that they dreamed of big meets. You dream of the Olympics, you dream of the NCAA's, you dream of the conference meets and junior nationals. A lot of kids when they think about going to college, they dream about being in a dual meet with the defending men's and women's national champions. I told them that tomorrow is a gift that you don't get to swim the defending national champions that often. We need to be prepared, be ready and give it our best tomorrow."
The Seminoles will return to the water a mere 17 hours after the Indian River victory with a dual meet against the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. The Tigers are ranked second in the women's poll and third in the men's poll recently released by collegeswimming.com. The meet begins on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the meet, the seniors will be recognized for their contributions. The meet will be held at the Bobby E. Leach center and admission is free.