Florida State University, founded in 1851, is located in Tallahassee, Florida — within a few hours’ drive of the high school where Dry Land takes place. As Amy mentions, “Like half of the people who I know who graduated last year go there.”
In the Fall 2014 semester, 41,773 students made up the student population of Florida State, and the in-state tuition rate for undergrads was $5,644/year. FSU’s school colors are garnet and gold, and their mascot is the Seminole.
In the play, Ester’s visit to Florida State for her swimming tryout is the only time we leave the high school’s locker room. The prospect of attending college and possibly getting a swimming scholarship is a big deal for Ester, and while we don’t see swim test, she does share her anxiety about it with Victor, a current FSU student. While sitting and talking in a dorm hallway, they touch on the sports culture of the school:
Sorry, it’s just that this school can make you a little sports-averse if that’s not your thing.
I’m sorry it’s just like hard for me not to see you as like—I don’t know I’m sure this sounds completely ludicrous to you, but— an oppressive force.Ester
An oppressive force?Victor
Not you. But like. I don’t know. You’re getting scouted for swimming.
Like you’ll probably get some boyfriend like my roommate you know? Or at least your picture on the wall or something with your whole team, smiling, being really physically fit together. Eating all the meat in the dinning halls in your sweat pants and wet hair—at your reserved table. Smiling.
And I’ll be like listening to the Vampire Weekend Pandora station in the common room with my RA named Fred.
Florida State’s sports teams compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level, which is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. They have a robust athletic program that includes nine men’s and eleven women’s teams, ranging from football and basketball, to track and field, swimming, and tennis. FSU has been ranked among the top fifty NCAA Division I athletic programs in the country since the early 1990s, and spent nearly $87 million for its sports teams and facilities in the 2014-2015 school year.
Below are some images of the FSU campus, including the swimming facilities that Ester likely used for her tryout. You can also take a virtual campus tour online, or check out more Florida State swimming photos and information at the Seminoles Swimming and Diving webpage.