February 2011 Archives
Bringing home four bronze medals with us (Stephanie Sarandos 200Back, Lisi Rowland 1meter and 3 meter, Katrina Young Platform), two school records (Tori Richmond 200IM, Me in the 500Free), many top eight finishers and countless top 16 finishes, what seemed a tough meet for some of the girls last week seemed to turn out pretty good! Although ACC's didn't go the way that some people had expected last week in Atlanta, our team grew closer together and stronger as one, as we had to come together for each other more than we had ever done before.
The ACC seems to be developing and becoming one of the stronger conferences in the country; therefore, there is no room for mistakes to be made at this meet but I think our team has learned a lot from the swims that we put in, both great and one's that could be improved, including myself.
Florida State ended up third overall, a place we are very proud of. We were able to overcome competition from Miami and Maryland because at certain times during the meet, they were ahead of us in the total rankings. We really came together though, the girl's team was really able to pull together and stay strong during the deciding final session on Saturday, where we earned valuable points that enabled us to get the third place we deserved.
The divers also really shone at ACC's. The girls were able to bring home a medal from every board (Lisi Rowland and Katrina Young), and the boys had two people on the podium for two out of the three boards(Landon Marzullo, Jordan Horsley and Mike Neubacher). The men are going into ACC's this week with 156 points already which is great as other teams such as Virginia, for example, don't have many divers. We have such a talented group of divers that bring so much energy and happiness to our team, their passion for diving is always clear to us.
The girls that competed in ACC's this week are all going to be glued to our computers this week watching the Men's ACC Championships in Atlanta and the Senior Championships in Orlando. We are excited to see some fast SEMINOLE swimming and great results! We also have four girls going back to Atlanta to compete in a last chance meet on Sunday (Stephanie Sarandos, Tiffany Oliver, Tori Richmond and myself). We are all going to be on the bubble with qualifying for NCAA's; therefore, are going to repeat certain swims to try and go a few tenths/seconds quicker! I have the upmost confidence that we can put in great swims while back at the Georgia Tech pool! GO NOLES!! J
Basketball games inside the Tucker Center have now become even better. Check out these great prizes Seminole basketball fans have won just for showing up to the game!
Some of the winners pictured here took home brand new flip cameras, Keurig coffee makers, flat screen TV's, and much more courtesy of Best Buy. In the next two homes games against Miami and North Carolina, we'll have even better prizes, as fans will have the chance to win computers, GPS, headphones, flip cameras, and even a 40" flat screen TV!
Make sure to pick up your tickets for the remaining two home games against Miami on February 26th at 2:00 p.m. and North Carolina on March 2nd at 7:00 p.m., and you could be our next winner!
By Barbara Caridad Ferrer
Florida State head basketball coach Leonard Hamilton announced that junior forward Chris Singleton underwent successful surgery on his right foot on Monday. The procedure was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bill Thompson of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. Singleton's rehabilitation will begin immediately and will be overseen by the Florida State athletics training staff. No timetable has been established for his return to the court.
Singleton (Canton, Ga./Dunwoody) has played in all 25 of the Seminoles' games this season and is averaging 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
Florida State, the second winningest program in the ACC in the last three seasons, is 18-7 overall and in third place in the ACC standings with an 8-3 record. The Seminoles travel to play at Wake Forest on Saturday in a game that will be televised by the ACC Network.
Hello Seminole Fans!
As ACC's draw closer and closer, we are starting to feel AWESOME in the pool and have more energy outside of the pool. During taper time the work intensity and mileage in the pool decreases, so personally I never know where to direct the new found energy I have suddenly gained! I usually end up being really hyper at practice! I think, speaking from the whole team's perspective, there isn't one person who doesn't enjoy taper time! Depending on what group you are in (sprint, middle distance, Stroke/IM or distance) the amount of work that decreases differently, for example, the sprint group decreases their work in the water a whole lot more than the distance group does! With myself being in the distance group, we get one morning off during taper, which feels like heaven! Sleeping in, instead of waking up at 5.30 a.m. is just great! That in itself gives us so much extra energy. You wouldn't believe the difference a 7 a.m. practice can make to you instead of 6 a.m.! It's just great and we are all getting really excited for the big meet!
A team tradition leading up to a major meet, is secret psyche. This is where each girl picks a name out of a hat of a girl on the team. A week prior to the meet, we decorate the girl's locker with encouraging, creative posters and include small gifts that usually include things such as power bars that can be used at the meet! It's something that we all look forward too, it's really great to see your locker decorated with pretty posters, but my favorite part is when you tell the person the day we leave for the meet who their mysterious secret psyche has been! It gets exciting trying to guess who your secret psyche is!
Another team tradition we have for ACC's is to make a CD prior to the meet consisting of a song that each girl and coach has chosen. These songs tend to be great pump up songs that we listen to during the meet. For the past two years a fellow junior, Lisi Rowland and I, have made the CD for the girls and we're in the process of making them this year! Because there are 30 girls on the team and five coaches, there are always two CDs given to each girl. The first song on the first CD is always the FSU Warchant which is played as we get out of the van and walking into the pool so that everyone knows FSU is present and ready to rock! I really enjoy making these for the girls. We decorate the CDs to make them look pretty so that they are a good keepsake; it's just a fun thing to do for each girl on the team!
We will travel to Atlanta, Georgia by bus, Tuesday morning. Once we arrive, will we get in the pool for a quick dip, then head to the hotel to relax and get ready for the 4x200 freestyle relay and the 4x50 IM relay Wednesday afternoon. These are always two great events for us. The girls that swim these relays always step up and do a great job, which encourages everyone for the next three days of individual events. Everyone is also really excited to see their families at the meet. My mother and grandparents are taking a trip from across the pond in England to come to the meet. It's really great to see your parents up in the stands cheering for you at a meet that means so much to you. With parents coming from all over the USA from Wisconsin to Miami, it will be great for us all to catch up with parents we may not have seen since last ACC's!
We are three days out from leaving to go to ACCs. The excitement is building, some nerves are forming, but we can't wait to actually get to the meet! We hope that all our fans follow our results from the meet through Seminoles.com!
Seminole fans, get ready for one of the longest off-seasons in your life. Florida State football ended 2010 on a fantastic note, and has all us eagerly awaiting for one of the most anticipated seasons in a long time, and that excitement is well warranted.
Now, if you're a Seminole fan, you're always excited about the upcoming season. But this year feels different than recent years. Our success in 2010 was clearly a step in the right direction, and these players and coaches have made believers in 'Nole fans everywhere again.
If I may first offer some perspective here, FSU rang in the 21st Century as National Champions and was a game away from doing it again the following year. After that unfortunate loss to OU in the 2001 Championship Game, we found solace in the fact that it was probably only a matter of time until we were back in the National Championship game again. We would regroup and reload like we had the previous seasons and get back on the national stage. Yet as we all know getting back is harder than it has ever been.