Nov. 25, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team put up some fast times, but in the end fell to Florida at the Bobby E. Leach Center on Tuesday evening. The 20th-ranked men fell 167-133 to No. 6 Florida while the women were defeated 197-98 by the fifth-ranked Gators.
“This was a battle between two teams that are training hard and we brought the best out of them,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I was very excited with the way our kids swam and I am happy with the way we raced against Florida.”
The FSU men (6-2, 1-1) led the meet a third of the way through and were led by the fifth-year senior trio of Jarryd Botha, Ed Denton and Kyle Young. Denton was a part of two winning relays (200 medley and 400 free) while Botha (200 medley) and Young (400 Free) both swam on one winning relay a piece. They each won an individual event as well with Denton taking the 50 free (20.88), Botha taking the 100 back (49.26) and Young winning the 1000 free (9:11.46).
“We went without them last year in order to have them this year,” Harper said. “They bring a lot to the team and obviously they perform very well and lead the team by example.”
The men also got a great performance on the diving board from senior Dan Frebel. The Indianapolis, Ind., native swept the one-meter (358.58) and three-meter (398.03) competitions.
“I think my body has adjusted from working out a lot and my body is not as tight right now,” Frebel said. “My muscles are more relaxed and I have all the confidence in the world when I step on the diving board right now.”
On the women’s side, the Garnet and Gold (7-4, 2-1) were paced by senior Georgia Holderness who swept the breaststroke events with her best times of the season. She won the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.60 and touched the wall in 2:18.09 in the 200 breast.
“I was happy for her because she’s been sick for a week and a half now,” Harper said. “She’s not fully recovered, but she’s coming around and I’m excited she did well in front of the home crowd and got us a couple of big wins.”
The Seminoles’ are done until 2009 when they welcome Boston College to town on Tuesday, January 6. For more information and complete results from the dual meet against Florida, log onto www.seminoles.com.