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    2010 Spring Look Ahead- Part II

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    By Scott Kotick & Layne Herdt

    In part two, Seminoles.com takes a look at six spring sports at Florida State: Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Track & Field.

    Men's Swimming & Diving

    The Florida State men's swimming and diving team heads into its most important time of year with the biggest dual meet of the season against ACC rival Virginia on Thursday.  With momentum going into February's ACC Championships on the line, the Seminoles hope to knock off the two-time defending conference champions right here in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles are once again led by senior Andy Hodgson in the pool and senior Terry Horner on the boards.  Hodgson is the conference record holder and defending ACC Champion in the 200 back while Horner looks to add to his already historic resume of six All-American honors, including a NCAA Championship on the one-meter board in 2007.  Horner is joined this season by fellow All-American Landon Marzullo, a transfer from Indiana.  The duo has dominated the boards in 2009-10 placing first and second in every one and three-meter competition. 

    In the water, a pair of talented breaststrokers in senior Scott Thacker and junior Rob Holderness help make the 'Noles tough to beat.  Juniors Ian Rowe and Robby Hayes round out a group of seven who competed in individual events for FSU at last season's NCAA Championships and hope to once again make it to the season ending event in March.

     

    Women's Swimming & Diving

    The Seminole women swimmers and divers will also tangle with the Cavaliers on Thursday, looking to prove themselves against the three-time defending ACC Champions.  The women are paced by a young group of phenoms led by sophomore backstroker Stephanie Sarandos and freshman breaststroker Kristine Polley.  Sarandos is the lone Seminole who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season and looks to make a return trip in 2010.  Polley has already made a splash for FSU with the conference's top mark in the 200 breast to date and ACC Performer of the Week honors for her pair of victories in the 100 and 200 breast at the Georgia Tech Invite. 

    On the boards Florida State is paced by honorable mention All-American Aleia Monden and a host of talented performers.  This may be one of diving coach Patrick Jeffrey's deepest teams, making the Seminoles difficult to beat whether it is on the one-meter, three-meter, or platform.


    Men's Golf 

    If the fall season was any indication, the Seminoles should be poised for great things in 2010. 

    Masters and U.S. Open Participant Drew Kittleson leads an experienced bunch that will look to make a run at their second ACC title in three years.  The Seminoles also return seniors Seath Lauer and Cameron Knight, along with ACC Freshman of the Year Brooks Koepka, who welcome freshmen Doug Letson and Michael Hebert to the lineup. 

    The 'Noles begin their spring season out at the Hawaii Hilo Invitational on February 3rd.  Be sure to come see Florida State in action as they host the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 12-14.


    Women's Golf

    Although All-American Caroline Westrup has graduated, Florida State returns a wealth of talent including senior Lacey Agnew and junior Macarena Silva.

    Silva won her first career tournament last fall at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational, leading the 'Noles to a tournament win in Kentucky, and Agnew placed second at the Cougar Fall Classic along with a subsequent second place team finish. 

    Florida State also welcomes freshmen Gen King and Jessica Negron to the 2010 squad.  The Seminoles open up the spring season at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on February 7th.

    The 'Noles will also play in a nearby tournament in Valdosta, Ga. at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on March 1st, so be sure to come support Florida State in early March.   


    Men's Track & Field

    There is only one goal for the Florida State men's track and field program: win a National Championship.  Head Coach Bob Braman's squad will once again be favored to do just that as the Seminoles begin the indoor season ranked number one in the country.  The Garnet and Gold return two of the best in the nation in senior Charles Clark and junior Ngoni Makusha.  Clark is a three-time NCAA Champion and the reigning 200 meter outdoor champion, and Makusha is the two-time defending outdoor long jump champion.  The 'Noles will also be bolstered by the return of indoor National Champion Gonzalo Barroilhet, who missed last years NCAA meet with an injury.  FSU will also have one half of the Borlee twins returning to Tallahassee as Kevin will once again run the 400 meter for the Seminoles.  The men hope to continue their impressive streak of ACC Championships during both the indoor and outdoor season, as well as compete for a first indoor National Championship and fourth outdoor title.

     

    Women's Track & Field

    Not to be kept in the shadows, the Florida State women's track and field team has quietly become one of the top programs in the nation.  The Seminole women begin the indoor season ranked number four in the country and look to push towards that number one position.  Three-time National Champion and ACC Performer of the year Kim Williams will pace FSU in field events along with last year's pleasant surprise, All-American thrower Allyn Laughlin.  On the track, the Garnet and Gold will strike a great balance between sprint and distance events.  Junior All-American hurdler Teona Rodgers will pace the sprint group while senior All-American Pilar McShine will top the distance runners.  Florida State will once again have a target on their backs in the ACC as the women look to repeat as both indoor and outdoor champions in 2010.



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