Oct. 13, 2007
Atlanta, Ga.- Florida State swimming and diving began their season in style combining to go 5-1 in a quad meet against Alabama, Clemson and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.
The No. 7 Seminole women defeated all three teams handily to begin the season 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the ACC. The men beat Alabama and Georgia Tech with their only defeat coming against Clemson by eight points.
"I think we swam well, I'm excited with how we competed," said head coach Neil Harper. "We wanted to come to Georgia Tech and have a great experience and we did."
The star for the seventh ranked Seminole women was freshman Lowri Tynan. The newcomer from Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales was victorious 11 times in the four events she participated in including a sweep in the 100 breast (1:03.79) and 200 breast (2:21.04). Freshman Holly Mills also made an instant impact winning the 200 back in a time of 2:01.93. Distance swimmer, junior Caroline Robertson won the 500 free (4:57.07) and finished second in the 1000 free (10:12.68). Sophomore Kylsie Grimes led a dominating Seminole performance in the 200 free with a winning time of 1:51.79. Florida State took four out of the five top spots in the event including the top three.
"Top to bottom our team did really well," said Harper. "Caroline Robertson did a great job in the distance events and our freshman started out really strong."
On the men's side, defending one meter NCAA Champion sophomore Terry Horner began his title defense with a victory on the one meter board (388.85) and a second place finish on the three meter (310.40). In the pool it was junior Scott Baker who stood out with nine victories in his four events. The junior college transfer from Indian River Community College swept the 100 free (45.48) and took home two wins in the 50 free (20.55). The 15th ranked Seminoles also had an impressive one-two-three finish in the 200 breast with sophomore Scott Thacker getting the victory with a time of 2:05.64. Sophomore Nick Graves won the 1000 free (9:21.97) and finished second in the 500 free (4:35.67).
Next up for the Seminoles is a home meet, with the men and women taking on Florida A&M and the women also facing conference foe Miami.