October 29, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Florida State women’ swimming and diving team extended its season winning streak to eight with wins over Virginia Tech, Duke and UNC-Wilmington Saturday in Christiansburg, Va.
The Seminoles (8-0 overall, 3-0 ACC) defeated Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Virginia Tech, 169-129, and Duke, 179-155 and also defeated UNC-Wilmington, 222-76.
FSU sophomore Tiffany Oliver won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.21 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in a pool record 50.53. Oliver led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that also won in a pool record time of 3:26.14.
The Seminoles “A” 200-yard medley relay, with Oliver anchoring, was disqualified for early take-off.
SOFLO’s Ashley Hicks led off the Seminoles “B” 200-yard medley relay that finished fourth in 1:45.48.
Hicks was also fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.94 and 13th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:07.62.
SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper was third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.92.
The Seminole men’s team (5-1, 1-1) defeated Duke, 177-121, and UNC-Wilmington, 211.5-86.5 but lost to Virginia Tech, 182.5-117.5.
SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez was sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.49 and eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.66.
Rodriguez and Paul Murray were members of the disqualified “A” 200-yard medley relay.
Murray was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.02 and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.95. Murray was a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that was second in a pool record 3:03.72.
For the third straight meet, FSU senior Mateo De Angulo of Colombia won all three of his individual races in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:22.90), 200-yard freestyle (1:39.17) and 500-yard freestyle (4:32.76). De Angulo is nine-for-nine in first places this season.
“I thought the team did well,” FSU coach Neil Harper said after the meet. “It was a great experience to get a meet in at the pool where ACCs are.
“We need to learn to be tougher on the road and fight through adversity and when things aren’t going our way. We’ll continue to train and do well this year.”
The Seminoles travel to Gainesville to take on University of Florida on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
O’Shaughnessy Leads Seton Hall
SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy won two events, one relay and finished second in another individual event to lead undefeated Seton Hall to a 216-84 win over Lafayette and 162-136 victory over Loyola Saturday on the road in Baltimore.
The junior won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.74 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.91 and was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.29 just getting out-touched by Lafayette’s Cory Schutz.
He was also a member of the Pirates’ winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:36.10.
On Tuesday, Seton Hall will host Iona College and O’Shaughnessy will share the same pool deck with former Coral Springs Swim Club and SOFLO swimmer Justin Grigull of Iona.
Florida Gulf Coast Tops Florida Atlantic
Florida Gulf Coast won seven events to spoil Florida Atlantic University’s season-opener on Saturday.
Princeton also competed but used the meet as a scrimmage meet since Ivy League rules forbid teams to compete before November.
“It was a good team effort and we are working very hard right now,” said Florida Gulf Coast coach Neal Studd, a former FAU coach. “The girls are very tired and sore so all things considered, it was a good day.”
SOFLO’s Eszter Bucz, 20, a national record holder in Hungary, led the Owls with three wins. She won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:28.10, 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.41 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.36.
She was also a member of FAU’s second-place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:47.17.
SOFLO’s Anthony Fermin anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay with the fastest split of 21.06 for the 1:35.37 relay. Fermin also swam second leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle with a 21.14 split and winning time of 1:25.50
Fermin was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.08 and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.84.
Fort Lauderdale Aquatics’ Damaris Iriondo, a freshman at Princeton, returned home for the first time for the college meet. She was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.52 and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.31.
Florida Gulf Coast travels to Boston this week to face ACC foe Boston College, with SOFLO’s Brittany Williford, and Maine on Friday at 5 p.m.
Former Douglas swimmer Catalina Mendieta of Parkland, a senior at James Madison University, was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.68 in her team’s 156-144 win over West Virginia at the WVU Natatorium on Saturday. James Madison won seven events and had nine second place finishes. Mendieta also was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.49) and 200-yard medley relay (1:47.22) teams.
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