SOFLO’s Cooper Wins First Event Of Season, Florida Sweeps Florida State
November 2, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Florida State sophomore Melissa Cooper won her first 100-yard breaststroke race of the season on Wednesday during a battle of in-state swim rivals.
Cooper, who transferred from Texas A&M and overcame shoulder surgery to return to top form, won in 1:03.99, her fastest time of the season.
Cooper’s victory was one of the highlights for Florida State which had its women’s team eight-win streak broken by University of Florida, 176-119, at the Stephen O’Connell Center in Gainesville.
The Gator men also topped the Seminoles, 175-121.
Cooper’s time was one of ten season-bests turned in by FSU swimmers. Cooper was also ninth in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.48.
Cooper along with SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver was also part of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:42.86 behind Florida’s winning team of Elizabeth Beisel, Hilda Luthersdottier, Sarah Bateman and Kaitlin Frehling in 1:42.67. Cooper’s split in the 50 breaststroke was 29.12 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Oliver was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.25, a Winter National qualifying time and third in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.52, another Winter National cut time. Oliver also was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.55. Oliver’s splits were 24.86 and 51.01.
Ashley Hicks was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.81 and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.11.
“It was a hard-fought meet,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “We swam tired. I thought our kids came in here and really battled.”
In the men’s competition, SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez was a member of the Seminoles’ runner-up 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:32.84.
Rodriguez was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.19 and Doug Ramos was eighth in 1:02.88. Rodriguez was also fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.36. Ramos was eighth in 2:16.48.
FSU will next compete at the Nov. 18-20 Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. The Gator women head to Michigan to take on Stanford and the Wolverines. The Gator men will remain home to train.
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