TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State swimming and diving team sent its senior class out with a bang on Saturday sweeping the Clemson Tigers at the Bobby E. Leach Center. The 25th-ranked women won 188-107, while the 19th-ranked men earned a 187-113 victory.
“I’m just really happy for the seniors, it was a great way to go out,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I was kind of worried not knowing how Clemson would come out because they are a dangerous program, but I was happy that we grabbed the meet by the horns and got after it.”
The meet was never in doubt thanks in part to a dominating performance by both the men’s and women’s diving teams. The Seminole divers went one-two-three on both the one and three-meter boards giving the Garnet and Gold the cushion they needed. For the women, senior Katherine Adham swept victories with scores of 288.45 and 320.92 on the one and three-meter respectively. On the men’s side it was another senior, Landon Marzullo who earned a sweep scoring 360.15 on the one-meter and 403.35 on the three-meter.
“I really feel like every kid stepped up and did a great job,” diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “I was particularly proud of my seniors with Kat capping her home career with a sweep and Landon doing the same thing. It really showed the depth of our team and I’m really excited to see how we taper off and perform in a couple of weeks.”
In the swimming pool, the women were paced by freshman Julia Henkel who earned three individual victories. Henkel began her streak with a win in the 200 free (1:51.59). She followed that win, with a victory in the 200 fly (2:04.87) and finished her individual performance with a win in the 400 individual medley (4:24.13).
“Julia is coming into her own and is training extremely hard,’ Harper said. “She gets pushed a lot by great teammates during the week so it’s good to see her step forward and win some individual events for the team.”
Junior Charlotte Broadbent was one of a trio of Seminole women to win a pair of events. Broadbent won both the 500 free (4:56.58) and 1000 free (10:11.92). Junior Stephanie Sarandos swept the backstroke events winning the 100 (56.66) and 200 (2:00.05) and sophomore Kristine Polley did the same in the breaststroke taking both the 100 (1:06.75) and 200 (2:20.85). Senior C.J. Hendry finished her home career with a come from behind win in the 100 fly (56.72).
For the men, it was the senior class who put on a show, with all five winning one event. Stephen Pendleton got the group started with his first event win of the season in the 200 free (1:42.81). Matt Shead earned the next win with a close victory in the 100 breast (57.28). After the first break of the meet Robby Hayes sprinted to a win in the 100 free (45.81), while Rob Holderness won his signature event, the 200 breast (2:06.62). Ian Rowe capped off the senior sweep with a win in the 400 individual medley (4:04.37).
“All five of the senior boys got wins today and that is a great way to go out,” Harper said. “All five earned their wins, we didn’t play around to get them those victories.”
Freshman Tyler Sell was the only multi-event winner for the FSU men, taking home first in the 500 free (4:38.56) and 1000 free (9:25.47).
The Seminoles hit the road for their final dual meet of the season next Saturday as they take on Alabama at 11:00 a.m.