January 17, 2012
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
In the midst of heavy training, Florida State women’s team, led by South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver picked up three wins this past weekend over Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Florida Atlantic University.
Oliver, a sophomore, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.39 in the Seminoles’ 185-106 win over Georgia Tech and 160-135 over North Carolina State in Atlanta. Both are Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
Oliver was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.76.
Oliver anchored and SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper swam third leg of FSU’s runner-up 200-yard medley relay team (1:45.53).
In the backstroke, sophomore Ashley Hicks came up with her first victory of the season in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.86. She was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.61.
Cooper, also a sophomore, was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.22 and 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.84.
In the men’s competition, FSU defeated Georgia Tech, 162.5-137.5, and lost to N.C. State, 176-122.
Alex Rodriguez was ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.69.
Against Florida Atlantic Friday in the Seminoles final home meet of the season, Oliver won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.65 as FSU’s women’s team won 127-96 and the men’s team won 131-96. Oliver’s splits were 25.89, 28.45, 28.53 and 27.78.
Oliver also anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:45.11. Ashley Hicks was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.70.
Alex Rodriguez was a member of FSU’s winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:32.96. Anthony Fermin was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.83.
“With our dual meet season coming to a close, we’ve put in a lot of hard work and we’re going to continue on and get ready for our conference meet,” FSU coach Neil Harper said.
“I’m proud of the team. It’s difficult and challenging to swim Friday night at home against Florida Atlantic and then get on a bus and head to Atlanta to take on two ACC opponents.”
Kuczynski Wins Big For Arizona State
Junior Caroline Kuczynski of SOFLO was a double winner in the Sun Devils’ 122-117 victory over Brigham Young after the holiday break.
Kuczynski, a Canadian Olympic hopeful, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.95 and 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.69. She was also a member of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:44.07.
The meet came down to the last event for the No. 24-ranked Sun Devils.
Against Utah in a 178-100 victory, Kuczynski won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:04.76, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.03 and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:42.72).
ASU will be on a California swing on Friday against Stanford and Saturday against defending national champion California.
Gautieri, Bucknell Survive Busy Schedule
Bucknell freshman Gina Gautieri, after more than a month’s break with her teammates, finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.12 and fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:33.35 in Bucknell’s 198-97 win over Army. In Bucknell’s 165-133 win over Colgate, Gautieri was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.20 and ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:34.82. Gautieri was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best 2:29.98 in a loss against Rutgers.
Grigull Takes Third During Training Trip
Last Tuesday former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Justin Grigull, a sophomore at Iona College, was third in the 100-yard freestyle against Loyola and Butler during Iona College’s seven-day, 14 workout training trip in Puerto Rico in what was called a 15-event friendly invitational format.
Western Kentucky Tops NSU, FAU, IUPUI
Western Kentucky University, training at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines during the holiday break, swept Florida Atlantic, IUPUI and host Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale last Tuesday.
The Lady Toppers defeated FAU, 127-75; IUPUI, 148-53; and NSU, 136-65. The Hilltopper men’s team downed FAU, 110-88; IUPUI, 148-53 and NSU, 121-90.
WKU women improved to 8-1 and men are now 6-1.
“I thought they got up and raced really well,” WKU coach Bruce Marchionda said. “We did a very hard work out before the meet started to challenge them to step up. I thought they did a great job of racing even though they were a little tired. They competed very well.”
Gators Elliott SEC Freshman of the Week
University of Florida’s Matt Elliott earned his fourth Southeastern Conference Male Freshman of the Year honor for his performance at the SMU Classic last weekend in Dallas.
The freshman led the Gators to a third place finish. He was the only freshman to win an individual event at the meet. Elliott won the 200-yard breaststroke in a lifetime best and NCAA “B” provisional time of 1:57.79. His time is the fastest in the SEC this season and ranks 20th in the nation.
The Gators will host their final home meet of the season on Saturday against SEC opponent Auburn at 10 a.m.
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