TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Just like the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team, the men made drastic improvements under first-year head coach Neal Studd.
“Our men made huge improvements this year,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Just like the women’s team, I thought our men’s program took a huge step in the right direction. I’m very proud of our achievements this season.”
The Seminoles highlighted 2016-17 by taking 11 competitors to the NCAA Championships after jumping four spots in the team race at the ACC Championships, finishing fifth.
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Grisell Writes History at NCAAs
• Senior Dylan Grisell finished his collegiate career by placing ninth on platform with a score of 389.00, earning an All-America honorable mention.
• By placing ninth, Grisell became the first Seminole to earn back-to-back All-America honors (placed seventh in 2016) on platform and just the seventh ever to achieve the feat dating back to 1958 on any board.
• The Seminoles also earned an 11th place finish from the 200 free relay behind the team of senior Jason McCormick, junior Chad Mylin along with sophomores Kanoa Kaleoaloha and William Pisani. Sophomore Emir Muratoivc helped qualify for finals by contributing in the morning swim.
• McCormick, Mylin along with junior Connor Kalisz, senior Jason Coombs, junior Tyler Roberge and freshman Aidan Faminoff were all individual qualifiers in addition to Grisell.
• It was the first time in school history that FSU had three divers competing at the meet.
• FSU also fielded four relays after not having any compete at the past two NCAAs.
• Florida State finished 31st at the meet.
• McCormick added his best efforts in the 100 free, touching in the individual event with a time of 43.00 before leading off the relay with a time of 42.98. It was the third-fastest time in school history.
Three Noles Earn NCAA Bids
• Dylan Grisell and Tyler Robege earned their bids on the second day of the NCAA Zone B qualifier by placing eighth and ninth respectively in the men’s 3-meter competition. Both Canadians qualified for NCAA’s with a full list after placing within the top 12 of 1-meter and platform.
• Grisell was 10th on 1-meter (632.20), ninth on 3-meter (710.40) and fourth on platform (707.30) while Roberge was ninth on 1-meter (640.15), eighth on 3-meter (718.10) and fifth on platform (685.85).
• Aidan Faminoff added a bid on platform by placing third with a score of 711.15.
Noles Improve Four Spots in 2017
• Florida State finished fifth at the 2017 ACC Championships, jumping up four places after finishing ninth in 2016.
• As a walk-on, Chad Mylin picked up the bronze medal in the 50 free, touching with a time of 19.39. It was the first individual ACC medal for the Seminoles since 2015.
• Mylin followed by helping the Noles take silver in the 200 free relay with the team of Jason McCormick, Emir Muratovic and William Pisani. It was the first relay medal at the event since the 2014 meet.
• The Seminoles earned eight performances in the championship finals of events in addition to having 38 individual performances that scored points towards the team total.
• The 200 free saw drastic improvement, starting with Kanoa Kaleoaloha when he won the C final from lane 8, touching at 1:36.09. Newcomer, Felipe Ribeiro de Souza placed 10th with a time of 1:35.17. Riberio de Souza’s swim was over six seconds faster than his seed time and was the third fastest in school history. Kaleoaloha’s race ranked fifth.
• McCormick had one of his best swims at ACCs when he won the B final of the 100 breast from lane 1, touching with a personal best of 53.40 for ninth place.
• Connor Kalisz won the consolation heat of the 200 back, swimming a 1:41.90 which was just off his personal best time.
• Diving took place with the women’s swimming and diving meet, scoring 152 total points, second to Virginia Tech.
• Dylan Grisell won the silver medal on platform in his seventh career ACC final, earning his first All-ACC honors with a total of 391.95.
• Roberge joined Grisell in the final of 3-meter. Roberge finished fifth with a score of 391.50 and Grisell followed in sixth at 352.30.
• Rookie Aidan Faminoff made his ACC Championship final debut with a sixth place finish on platform with a score of 336.90
• Florida State had six swimmers earn second swims in the 100 free – which was the most since the meet switched to a three-final format in 2005.
• The Seminoles scored points in every individual and relay event.
• Freshman Vladimir Stefanik led the Seminoles with a fifth place finish in the 100 free with a time of 44.41.
• Freshman Rudo Loock won the B final of the 100 fly, touching with a time of 48.80 just ahead of Stefanik at 48.94. Minutes later, Loock won the B final of the 200 free, touching at 1:38.23.
• The Seminoles had three competing in the A final of the 50 free – Chad Mylin was third (19.54), Jason McCormick was fourth (19.57) and Kanoa Kaleoaloha was eighth (20.23).
• Mylin, McCormick, Kaleoaloha and Will Pisani helped the Seminoles place second in the 200 free relay. It helped the Seminoles secure a bid to the NCAA Championships for the first time since the 2014 meet in a relay.
• FSU was also second in the 200 medley relay (1:25.63) with Stefan Stojmenovic, Jason Coombs, freshman Nate Samson and Mylin.
• Coombs finished fourth in the 100 breast with a season best time of 52.71 and was also the runner-up in the 200 breast (1:55.27).
• Connor Kalisz and Stojmenovic competed in the 100 back final, as Kalisz placed fourth (47.18) and Stojmenovic was seventh (47.93) after swimming his personal best in prelims at 47.23.
• Kalisz was also third in the 200 back (1:41.73) with a new career best time. McCormick was sixth in the 100 free (43.40) in addition to Muratovic, who was eighth (43.88).
• Freshman Max Polianski was seventh in the 200 fly at 1:45.03 after swimming a personal best in prelims at 1:44.64.
• Individually, the Seminoles would hope to qualify Kalisz, Mylin, McCormick and Coombs individually for NCAA’s after their performances.
• Dylan Grisell was victorious on platform – winning with a score of 371.35.
• Tyler Roberge finished eighth on 1-meter (267.95) and second on 3-meter (347.90) and third on platform (337.65).
Fall Diving Invites
• The FSU diving squad attended two diving invitationals this season, first at the House of Champions Invite at the IUPUI Natatorium in November. The Auburn Invite followed in December.
• Between both diving invites Dylan Grisell finished within the top eight in five events, producing his best finish on platform at the House of Champions Invite with a score of 346.65.
• Tyler Roberge added a top eight finish on 1-meter at the Auburn Diving Invite, scoring 303.95. He also won the consolation round of 3-meter at 363.60. He also finished sixth on 1-meter at the House of Champions Invite scoring 343.70.
• Aidan Faminoff debuted on platform at the House of Champions Invite, placing sixth at 337.50.