FSU Ready for Minnesota
The Florida State Swimming and Diving team will host Minnesota at 10 a.m. on ‘Paint it Pink’ weekend.
By Christa Salerno
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams will open the 2015-16 dual meet season by hosting Minnesota at 10 a.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The meet is designated to support the seventh annual ‘Paint it Pink’ campaign for breast cancer awareness.
In addition to raising money for the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial, the Seminoles joined forces with eight other NCAA Division I teams to compete in inaugural philanthropic fight against breast cancer.
“There has been so many people impacted by cancer,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “To be able to go out there on Saturday and support breast cancer awareness along with the university it’s great. It’s cool to see the colors change a little bit and it brings the awareness to the forefront.”
Duke invited nine teams to contest for a chance to win an extra $9,000 towards their charity. Each team is responsible for finding a $1,000 donor and the team that raises the most money wins the pot.
“It means a lot to us,” senior Josie Cuda said. “It’s good for us to represent things like this because it keeps us involved in things that are bigger than us and causes that mean more.”
The four-time Big 10 women’s champs along with the men’s squad will travel to Tallahassee for the first time in program history to open the 2015-16 season. Both Gopher teams finished last season ranked in the CSCAA poll.
“I think for us this is going to set the tone for the year,” Bradley said. “We’re coming off a great All-Florida Invite and we had a good little block of training and now we’re vamping up the competition now and it’s keeping us focused.”
“It’s early but it’s going to be a great test for our kids,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “We’re getting ramped up and I think Saturday will be good.”
Prior to the 16-event formatted competition, the Seminoles will recognize their 11 seniors.
T-shirts will be available for a $10 donation and other contributions will be accepted at the door. Following the meet, pink caps will be auctioned off via Seminoles.com.