Hello Seminole fans!! My name is Charlotte Broadbent and I'm a junior here at Florida State. I'm majoring in Writing, Editing and Media with a minor in Business and I'm honored to be a part of the Florida State Swimming and Diving team.
We finished our dual meet season two weekends ago racing Alabama at Alabama where the ladies took home the win. It was a great final meet to get pumped up, swim fast, and show that we are ready to take some titles home with us at ACCs. The atmosphere the team as a whole created at this meet was great. It really showed how we can come together at a meet and what a great team we are. We were able to stand behind the blocks before our races, and cheer for the rest of the Florida State girls in that heat too. It's such an amazing feeling to know that the team, especially the girls, is fully behind you in and out of the pool. It is also such an encouraging feeling when we look into the crowds, even at an away meet and see Florida State parents. The support we have gained this season has been phenomenal. At every home meet the stands have been jam packed with family, friends and fans. It really makes everything so much better to have so many supporters, we appreciate you so much, thank you!
Speaking for the team as a whole, I think one of our favorite dual meets has to be the Florida vs. Florida State meet. After I think more ten years of taking home second place to the Florida swimmers at the dual meets, the day was long, long awaited. Both the ladies and men's team knew that we were in amazing shape, and we got in the pool and swam our hearts out. Both teams took home the win, and for the ladies, beating the NCAA defending champions was an incredible feeling. We made history that day, but we have continued to grow as a team since then! One of the great things this year has been to watch the freshman that we have brought in, grow. They have really stepped up, making our team stronger both in and out of the pool. They are all extremely vocal and so fun to be around which is great as ACCs approach!
The excitement of the ACC Championships being less than three weeks away is hitting the team! Over the past few days the atmosphere has changed a little at the pool as the ACC team has been announced. It's always a nervous time for everyone, as unfortunately the whole team cannot travel to conference anymore like it did my freshman year. Everyone is getting really excited though and is putting their final touches to their work that has already been done and taper is finally in sight (for the sprinters it has already started)!!
The ladies team had our annual pasta dinner and ACC poster making last weekend which was so much fun. It's a time when we can all get together outside of the pool, eat a good pasta dinner and then enjoy time making posters that we put around the pool at ACC's. All of the classes get together and make their own individual class posters and then we are in the process of making a team poster too. It's an encouraging feeling to see so many Florida State posters around the venue of ACC's, none of the other teams posters compare to ours!
I am a junior here at Florida State and in January we just added another girl to our really small class (Tori Richmond)! The junior class before only had three swimmers and one diver, so it's really great to get another great girl to add to our little group. That being said, because we are such a small class, we have a tight bond which is always nice and this week we had a dinner together which was great to catch up as a class and to make Tori really feel at home!
Thank you to all our fans that have supported our dual meet season, next stop is the ACC Championship!