Jan. 19, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The nationally ranked Florida State swimming and diving teams went 2-1 on Friday against South Carolina and No. 18 Arkansas in Colombia, S.C. The 13th ranked men defeated the Gamecocks 180.5- 117.50 while the No.22 women defeated South Carolina 190-109, but fell to the Razorbacks in a tight 167-133 decision.
The men (6-2) started off strong with a sweep in the 200 medley relay, jumping out to a 15-2 lead.
"It was a good test," head coach Neil Harper said. "I think any time you can get a good SEC win is awesome. The guys stepped up - coming together and traveling and it was a total team effort. We got ahead and stayed ahead. South Carolina got on a roll, but we battled back. I was really proud of the team camaraderie and sportsmanship the guys showed. They did a great job."
Entering the stronger part of the lineup, the Seminoles won the next five events starting with senior Danny Nguyen in the 200 fly. Nguyen took the event in a tight race with a 1:49.03. His teammate, sophomore Connor Knight was third at 1:49.67.
Florida State recorded a sweep in the 50 free, with the junior Paul Murray taking the event with a 20.07. Senior Mark Weber was second with a time of 20.27 while freshman Jake Kingsford placed third at 21.24.
Out of the break, Murray and Weber swam a one-two punch in the 100 free as Murray won with a 44.64, while Weber touched in second at 45.51.
Sequera got his first win of the season in the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.79, just ahead of Rodriguez who swam a time of 2:05.27.
After a third place showing in the 200 fly, Knight came back to win the 100, swimming a 48.95.
Sequera finished out the day with another win in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.83, just one one-hundredth ahead of the South Carolina swimmer.
The divers did their part of the boards as junior Tom Neubacher won the 1-meter event with a score of 380.95. On three meter, junior Mikey Lewark grabbed a win with a score of 371.60, while Neubacher finished three points behind him in second at 368.40.
The 22nd ranked women split their meets, moving to 11-1 on the year.
"The girls had a great day to be honest," Harper said. "For a mid-January meet in the heat of training, I think that we are right where we should be this season. We controlled what we could control. Our kids did a great job, we were winning at one point but are girls kept battling back and they never quit." Sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel led the way in the 200 free, touching with a time of 1:49.01, while sophomore Elizabeth Pepper was third at 1:50.58.
With a quick turnaround, Pepper came back and cruise to a win in the 200 fly with a 1:59.05.
Junior Tiffany Oliver battled to win the 50 free with a time of 23.36. Oliver and Dressel would show a one-two assault in the 100 as Oliver took first at 50.13 just ahead of Dressel in second at 50.46.
Arkansas would finish ahead of the Seminoles in the next five events, thus giving them the edge in the meet.
"Our goals are to compete really well in the ACC," Harper said. "Tomorrow, we have two schools that want to beat us. It's a challenge facing two good teams and with NC State being at home, it will be a tough test. It seems that everyone loves when FSU comes to town - no matter what sport it is. They give us the utmost respect .I except both teams to give us their best shots, but hopefully we'll bounce back, go to battle and come out with two more wins."
Florida State is back in the pool for an ACC matchup with NC State and Georgia Tech on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. Check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter (FSU_Swimming) for updates.