Jan. 3, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a long break in competition, the nationally-ranked Florida State swimming and diving squads are eager to dive back into action by heading to Gainesville, Fla. for a dual meet against Florida on Saturday at 1 p.m. The meet will take place at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
“We’ve had a little over a month of solid training,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “I think it will be a good test for our team as it comes right at the turn of 2014. This will gear us up as we start tuning up for championship season. It’s going to be a good meet.”
The 16th-ranked men’s team (3-0, 2-0 ACC) will face the No. 3 Gators (4-0, 3-0) as Florida will be the fifth ranked team FSU has faced this season.
In addition, the No. 23 FSU women’s team (5-1, 2-0 ACC) will battle their fourth ranked team of the year when it meets the fifth-ranked Gators (2-2, 2-1).
Both teams showed vast improvement at the Auburn Invite on Nov. 22-24, turning in 22 career-best times, including two new FSU record from sophomore Madison Jacobi. Jacobi lowered her own 500 free mark to 4:40.18 before setting a new standard in the 1650 free at 16:16. 29. In addition, the men’s 400 medley relay team of Pavel Sankovich, Jared Pike, Connor Knight and Paul Murray swam an NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 3:09.93. The Seminoles were surpassed by Auburn and Georgia, taking third at the meet.
The Gators lead the all-time series on both sides (Men – 24-52, Women – 4-35), however the women took their fourth win in school history over Florida last season. The men were last victorious over the Gators in the fall of 2010.
The meet will be broadcasted live on the Florida Swim Network, followed by a 60-minute show at 9 a.m. on Sun Sports on Sunday, Jan. 12. The dual will also be available on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 11:00 p.m.
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