Seminoles Knock Off Gators, SOFLO’s Oliver Breaks School Record

Seminoles Knock Off Gators, SOFLO’s Oliver Breaks School Record


November 26, 2010

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, enjoying a successful first year of college swimming at Florida State, broke her first school record and helped the Seminoles knock off University of Florida in a dual meet earlier this week.

Taking advantage of the fan-friendly home atmosphere at their new outdoor Morcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee, FSU women’s team defeated University of Florida, 187-113 as Oliver broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.26.

The No 20-nationally ranked men’s team upset the No. 4 ranked Gators, 184-116 to make it a clean sweep for FSU.

“There was a terrific atmosphere here tonight,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “We saw our team swim very fast. I’m thrilled with the way things turned out.”

The losses by both UF teams marked the first time in more than four years that both the men’s and women’s teams lost at the same dual meet since Nov. 21, 2006 at FSU.

It was only the second time in school history the FSU women have defeated the Gators.

“The experience was really nice and I feel really good about what we did,” Oliver said. “It was a lot of hard work. I’m ready to do more so I can show the people what I can do.”

The Seminole women (6-1, 1-0) started off strong winning the first two events of the night.

Oliver anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:40.89) that also included Brittany Selts, freshman Kendall Sieron and C.J. Hendry. Charlotte Broadbent (9:52.87) and Caroline Smith (9:55.42) finished 1-2 in the 1,000-yard freestyle to maintain the momentum.

“I think once we won that relay and the kids came out and did well in the 1,000, the kids knew we had a chance,” Harper said. “If we band together we can do a really nice job here.

Hendry won the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.80) and then Oliver came up with her school-record performance to widen the gap. Oliver was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.84. Oliver also led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:20.21.

“I don’t think we have done this since my junior year in high school,” said Hendry, a senior. “Ever since I have been here we have wanted to beat them. This is a perfect way to top off my senior year.”

SOFLO’s Ashley Hicks, also a freshman, led off FSU’s fourth-place 200-yard medley relay team. She was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.37 and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.19.

The Seminole men (4-1) were led by senior Rob Holderness who swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 (53.99) and 200 (1:56.32). Holderness was also a member of the winning medley relay team (1:28.98) with Brad Morrison, Matt Shead and Mark Weber.

SOFLO’s Tyler Sell, a freshman, was fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:14.13, fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:29.06 and was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.54. Paul Murray was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.74.

“Hats off to FSU,” said Gators coach Gregg Troy, a day after being named Coach of the Year at the Golden Goggles in New York City. “They have a very good team and are in championship form. We are not as good as they are right now.”

The Gators competed without Elizabeth Beisel and Teresa Crippen because of Golden Goggles. The U.S. national team members were both nominees. The men’s team was missing Jeffrey Raymond, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Scott Sommer and Marco Loughran.

The Seminoles are now in the midst of a break from competition until the New Year. FSU is headed for Naples for its annual winter training trip in December and will return to competition on Jan. 8 against Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington at home.

Florida will compete at the Dec. 2-4 at the AT&T Short Course National Championships at Ohio State’s Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. A day after nationals, a group of Gators will head to Princeton for the Tigers’ Big Al Open, Dec. 3-5.

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