Oct. 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State women's swimming and diving team (2-1) will host its first dual meet of the 2013-14 season against Florida Gulf Coast (2-0) on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
"It's going to be great," head coach Frank Bradley said. "It's a great training and racing facility and obviously, this is home. Hopefully, we'll have a leg up. It's `Paint it Pink' and it's excellent. It's something that whole school is supporting and it think it's going to be an awesome weekend and I'm all for it."
The Seminoles opened up dual meet season with a pair of victories on Oct.11 over West Florida (249-59) and Tulane (232-68) in Pensacola, Fla. before falling to Alabama 167-133 on Oct.12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Florida Gulf Coast is coming off its sixth-straight victory over Miami as they defeated the Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla.(Oct.12) 175-123. In the all-time series, the Seminoles are 6-0 against the Eagles by way of winning six-straight duals since 2008.
Friday's meet will follow a 16-event format and both teams will race the 200 medley relay to start off the meet before concluding with the 200 free relay.
"It's really exciting," senior Ariel Rittenhouse said. "You can feel all the support and love when we compete here (at home). It's just the atmosphere and the spirit that comes with it and it makes it a lot more fun."
The meet plays a role in Florida State's fifth annual `Paint it Pink' campaign. Each of the ten FSU women's sports teams have teamed up with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to raise money while contributing to the breast cancer awareness cause.
"It's a very important meet," sophomore Madison Jacobi said. "My family has been touched by cancer and there has been a lot of families that have as well. We get to do something that we love and that we're good at and at the same time, show how important this is and how much the means to us personally and as a team."
After four seasons, the Seminoles have helped raise over 43,000 for the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. Fans will be able to purchase a shirt for a $10 donation. All proceeds benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center.
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