Seminoles Ready for ACC Battle

By: FSU Sports Information
By: FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a combined 5-0 start to the 2012-13 season, both Florida State swimming and diving teams take to the road once again this weekend to visit Durham, N.C. for a quad-meet against Duke, Virginia Tech and UNC - Wilmington. The meet will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday and will be hosted by the Blue Devils.

“Both Duke and Virginia Tech have great individual swimmers and divers as well as and great relays,” head coach Neil Harper said. “This meet will be a big threat and early look for us as we’re on the road. We have an opportunity to race and see how our training is going. I expect everyone, regardless of the circumstances to get up and race well and make the most of the opportunities we have.”

The No. 15 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team began their dual meet season with a victory against Florida Atlantic last weekend. Leading the way for the Seminoles was sophomore Connor Knight who grabbed two victories in the fly events, swimming two career best times in each the 100 (49.12) and 200 (1:49.47) distances. Also scoring a personal best and a win was senior Nick Klein on the 3-meter board at 356.75.

Florida State enters the meet with all-time records against the Hokies at 4-1, Blue Devils at 3-0 and the Seahawks at 8-0. Last season in Christiansburgh, Va., the Seminoles took two wins for the meet against Duke and UNC-Wilmington before dropping its final match to Virginia Tech.

The women enter this weekend’s battle with a record of 4-0 (1-0 ACC) this season, behind wins against Florida Gulf Coast, Miami, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

Helping the Seminoles surpass the hurdles last weekend was senior Ariel Rittenhouse as she won three out of her four events between the two meets. Rittenhouse earned ACC Diver of the Week honors for her performances. On 3-meter against Florida International and Florida Atlantic, Rittenhouse dove to a score of 361.75, a mark that is just under four points off the FSU school record.

The women hold perfect records against UNC- Wilmington (8-0) and Duke (3-0) in the all-time series, while the Seminoles are 5-1 in facing Virginia Tech.

During the meet in 2011, Florida State swept all three teams en route to a perfect 5-0 overall ACC dual meet record.

“It’s going to be a top to bottom effort,” Harper said. “The divers will have to perform well because it’s a tougher this weekend for them as well. These are the best three diving programs in the conference. All of our people will have to look to place just one place higher in each event in order to give us the chance to grab some wins this weekend. It’s going to be a battle. Every movement of each race could dictate the outcome of the meet.”

The meet will begin at 2 p.m. and run in a 16-event format. Livestats throughout the day can be found on this site: http://www.sportstiming.com/Clubs/NCAA-Duke/. Twitter can also be followed (@FSU_swimming or @Duke_Swim_Dive) for updates. Check back to Seminoles.com for more information.


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