TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams will host their first dual meet of the season on Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m., at the Morcom Aquatic Center. The women will square off with conference rival Miami and Florida Gulf Coast while the men face Florida A&M.
“We love it when other teams come to swim against us because of our great home pool advantage,” head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s our “Paint it Pink” weekend and we are really looking forward to a great meet.”
The Seminole women, (3-0) hope to continue their undefeated run to begin the season. The Garnet and Gold hold a 22-11 advantage against the Hurricanes, but have not lost to their in-state foe since they joined the ACC. FSU is 3-0 against Florida Gulf Coast including last year’s victory, but coach Harper knows that both programs are on the upswing.
“I have to say that both of these programs are on the right path,” Harper said. “Miami has made some great acquisitions and it will be interesting to see how prepared they are for this meet.”
On the men’s side, Florida State (2-0) continues their tough training and will use the meet against a short-handed Florida A&M squad to gauge their progress.
“We know that Florida A&M has a small team and are really trying to keep their program going,” Harper said. “By swimming them it gives Florida A&M a chance to compete and us an opportunity to see who can step up and swim well while we are training hard.”
The women’s team will also don pink caps and suits on Saturday for the “Paint it Pink” campaign. Donations will be accepted at the marketing table and any donation of at least $10.00 will get fans a commemorative t-shirt. The funds from the "Paint it Pink" campaign will enable the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker BreastHealth Center to reach more women with its comprehensive array of services which include digital mammography, early diagnosis breast cancer counseling, patient navigation and image recovery services. The team is excited to support such an important cause.
“It’s a great weekend to support breast cancer awareness,” Harper said. “A lot of people on our team have been affected by this and we are excited to do our part.”
“It’s exciting for the girls because we get to wear our pink caps and suits,” senior Brittany Selts said. “It’s for a great cause and we want to do whatever we can to show our support.”
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