Florida State Swimming and Diving: Garnet Conquers Gold

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created September 21st, 2012 05:20:27 PM

Modified September 21st, 2012 05:20:27 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The men’s and women’s Florida State swimming and diving teams were divided up for their annual Garnet versus Gold battle, which took place today at the Morcom Aquatics Center.  Both Garnet teams defeated the Gold teams with score of 146-114 for the men and 139-121 for the women.

“I thought we did well today,” Head coach Neil Harper said. “We had another week of hard work and today we forced them to race each other. By dividing them in half, you can see who you can count on, who loves to race and who is going to be able to push through adversity. The main thing is we had some great races today. I like where we are and I look forward to unifying and going against the next opponent.”

Leading the way for the men’s Garnet team was sophomore Juan Sequera, who grabbed two first place finishes. Sequera won the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.54 and followed with another victory in the 400 IM at 4:01.29.

Sweeping the 500 free for the Garnet team began with a first place finish from junior Lucas Akker, touching in with a time of 4:43.96. Following in second was senior John Jessell at 4:44.67 and rounding out the trifecta in third junior Jack Deedrick at 4:48.74.

The Garnet added a one-two punch in the 100 back with senior Brad Morrison taking first with a time of 51.88, followed by sophomore Josh Friedel at 52.26. Friedel added another win to the tally in the 200 back with a read out of 1:51.46.

Sophomore Kevin Rogers contributed a first place showing for the Garnet team in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.74, while junior Paul Murray outlasted the field in the 100 free with a time of 45.97. In addition, sophomore Connor Knight broke the 50 –second barrier in the 100 fly, touching in first with a time of 49.76.

The Garnet divers took over on the boards, as senior Nick Klein and juniors Nick Klein and Kelsey Goodman scored 30.5 points between both men’s and women’s Garnet teams.

Winning three events on the day for the ladies was junior Julia Henkel, as she touched first in the 1000 free with a time of 10:17.05. She added another win in the 500 free, touching in at 5:01. 54 before finishing her day with a 4:27.65 showing in the 400 IM.

Junior Tiffany Oliver contributed two first places in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.06 as well as the 100 free at 50.22.

Adding more wins for the Garnet were freshman Samantha Pochowski in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.11 and junior McKayla Lightbourn in the 200 back at 2:04.08.

The men’s Gold team first place finishers were senior Tyler Ball, who won the 1000 free with a time of 9:41.43. Senior Danny Ngyuen took the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.38 and senior Mark Weber followed that performance with a victory in the 50 free with a time of 20.18.

On the ladies Gold team, sophomore Elizabeth Pepper added two victories, winning the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.67 and the 100 fly at 57.56. Senior Kristine Polley cruised to the wall in the 200 breast with a time of 2:18.70 and sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel won the 50 free at 23.26.

The Seminoles will travel to Gainesville, Fla. for the All-Florida Invite starting on Sept. 28 and will run through the weekend until Sept. 30.  For more information check back to Seminoles.com , twitter (@FSU_Swimming) and Facebook for more information.