SEC Weekly Preview: Florida Hosts Florida State in Rivalry

Maxime Rooney. Photo Courtesy: Tennessee Athletics

By Dan D’Addona.

The SEC season gets back into full swing this week as the conference has a plethora of meets.

The biggest is the rivalry meet between Florida and Florida State on Friday. The Gators host this annual rivalry classic meet.

The Gators are ranked No. 6 in the men’s national poll, while the Seminoles are No. 19.

Florida has big names like Caeleb Dressel, Maxime Rooney, Jan Switkowski, Khader Baqlah, and a host of others right on their heels. The Seminoles are loaded with relay depth and will be looking to pull off the rivalry upset.

In the women’s poll, the Gators are No. 19 and Florida State is an honorable mention.

The Gators are led by Savanna Faulconer, though they have no superstars, just like the Seminoles, who will use depth to try to win the rivalry meet.

Regardless of rankings, this meet is always a classic. The meet will be close and the energy on deck and in the water will have the feel of a conference meet

While many teams will ease back into competition after winter break, the Gators and Seminoles will be forced to dive in like they are in midseason form in order to win this rivalry matchup.

The Gators will go back-to-back and take on Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

There are a few other meets this week. Kentucky hosts Ohio State and Toledo on Friday and Saturday. Another two-day meet is Virginia at Tennessee.

Missouri faces SMU on Friday and Texas A&M on Saturday.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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