WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 18, 2012
Florida State is coming to town this weekend.
The Seminoles, led by South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, will compete against the University of Miami women’s team on Friday at 4 p.m.
The Seminoles men’s team will join the women for a dual meet against Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Saturday at 10 a.m.
“There is nothing like this rivalry,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “This weekend the girls are excited to travel to Miami and go against the Canes. The freshmen are new to this rivalry and they will get to see what it’s like first hand and I’m pumped for it.”
The Seminoles are 1-0 after their win at Florida Gulf Coast. FSU leads the series against UM, 24-11.
The women will swim a tri-meet against FAU and Florida International. FSU women are 6-0 against FAU and 8-0 against FIU.
“They are finally excited to go against a common opponent,” Harper said. “A lot of our guys are familiar with their team especially the Florida kids. They have had a great three or four weeks of training and they’re anxious to compete. We’re ready for a weekend of fast swimming in South Florida. It’s going to be great non-stop competition and hopefully we can come away with all wins.”
More College Swimming
Jacksonville Bolles swimmer Ryan Murphy has verbally committed to NCAA national champion University of California at Berkeley. “I am very happy for Ryan since he has been very methodical during this recruiting process and he is convinced that Coach Dave Durden and California will help him reach his goals as a student-athlete and world-class swimmer,” Bolles coach Sergio Lopez said. Murphy, 17, who holds eight national age group records, will not only swim the backstroke events, but also IM, butterfly and freestyle and is expected to make an immediate impact in NCAA competition. His best backstroke times are 21.77 in the 50, 46.72 in the 100 and 1:40.90 in the 200…University of Florida women’s team will compete Friday and Saturday at the SMU Classic in Dallas. The meet features six teams who finished in the Top 25 last season: No. 3 Southern California, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 Florida, No. 16 SMU, No. 19 North Carolina and No. 24 Louisville. The meet format limits each team to eight swimmers and one diver to showcase the versatility of each school’s athletes…Olympian Breeja Larson of Texas A&M was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week after winning the 100 breaststroke in 59.88 and 200 breaststroke in 2:10.90 and swimming the breaststroke leg on the winning medley relay.
FINA World Cup Series
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, a USC alum, continued her winning ways on the second day of the FINA World Cup Series in Moscow. Hosszu, 23, competing in the World Cup Series for the first time, has won $41,000 and 25 gold medals.
Hosszu posted a season-best in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.69. She won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:30.14 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.77.
In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago dipped under 21 to edge Anthony Ervin in 20.90.
Daiya Seto of Japan won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:03.02, winning by more than 20 seconds and 200-meter individual medley in 1:53.93.
Germany’s Britta Steffen won her fourth consecutive 100-meter freestyle in the series in 52.92.
South African Darian Townsend won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:44.26.
U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.29 and was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.74.
Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli won the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.32.
Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia won the 100-meter butterfly in 50.56.
Aussie Rachel Goh won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.80.
Russia’s Stanislav Donets won his fourth straight 50-meter backstroke title in 23.31.
Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.08.
Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.65.
Japan’s Yuki Shirai won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:50.80.
American Celina Li was disqualified in the 200-meter breaststroke final. She was the third American breaststroker to be disqualified in the meet.
Russia finished one-two in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay.
The next stop is Berlin on Saturday and Sunday.
Lawyers for the family of open water swimmer Fran Crippen, who died two years ago in a FINA-sanctioned open water event in United Emirates, have filed a civil action and legal papers for a personal injury case against FINA, the sport’s international federation, and USA Swimming. Crippen died at age 26 late in the race because of extreme heat and lack of safety measures. The family is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and requesting a non-jury trial for personal injury which can include a claim for wrongful death…
Michael Phelps was named the Fittest Man Ever by Men’s Health Magazine. Phelps finished ahead of Bruce Lee, Charles Atlas, Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, Chuck Norris, Michael Jordan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was selected for the “body he built” and what he did with it…In between golfing and sponsor appearances, the 27-year-old Phelps has been helping big sister Whitney, a former swimmer, train for next month’s New York City Marathon and will be at the 26.2-mile race to cheer her on. Whitney’s first marathon was in Baltimore three years ago…Hong Kong, Windsor, Canada/Detroit, Mich. and United Arab Emirates are the final candidates to host the FINA World Swimming Championships in 2016 and 2018…It’s been estimated that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will lose more than $150 million in career endorsement earnings potential after most of his sponsors have dropped him…Gary Hall of The Race Club has been elected President of the United States Olympian Association.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com