Aruban Olympians Daniella Van Den Berg and Jemal Le Grand opened their 2016-2017 collegiate season at home against interstate rivals the University of Florida. The duel meet was held on Thursday Oct 13 at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee Florida.
Jemal, who competed in the 100 metre freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, had his best finish at the meet in the 400 yard freestyle relay. His Seminoles B team finished 3rd in the event. Jemal swam the 3rd leg with a split of 46.25.He was 7th in the 500 yard freestyle in 5:00.46.In the 200 yard freestyle he placed 8th in a time of 1:42.76 (split time 49.26). Jemal, who is a senior, swam for exhibition purposes in the 100 yard freestyle and clocked 46.49 (split time 22.12).
Daniella competed in the 1000 yard freestyle where she placed 7th in a time of 10:27.41. She was also 7th in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:07.59. Her Seminoles C was a 7th place finisher in the 400 yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:39.07. Her anchor leg split on the relay was 53.86. Daniella competed in the 800 metre freestyle at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Seminoles went down to the Gators in both competitions. The men lost 130 to 170 while the women went down 143 to 157.