TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Before shifting its focus to the 2018 portion of the season, the 19th-ranked Florida State men’s swimming and diving team had several highlights from 2017.
“I am happy that we continue to take the steps forward in everything that we’re doing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Our athletes are achieving best times, NCAA cuts and we’re consistently ranked. We’re really excited for championship season.”
Florida State saw its first school record under second-year head coach Neal Studd, and first since 2015, when the team of Will Pisani, Joe Plechy, Kanoa Kaleoaloha and Emir Muratovic clocked a 2:51.27 at the GT Invite, taking down a mark that was set back in 2009.
Like the women’s team the men are showed strength in relays and have posted swims that rank within the top 30 in the country.
50 free – 14th, 19.35
50 free – 24th, 19.54
100 free – 17th, 42.79
200 back – 26th, 1:42.15
200 free relay – 7th, 1:16.95
400 free relay – 8th, 2:51.27
200 medley relay – 16th, 1:25.95
400 medley relay – 20th, 3:10.66
Florida State had three divers recognized as the ACC Diver of the Week.
Senior Tyler Roberge was first to win the honor after his performance at the All-Florida Invite, followed by freshman Joshua Davidson after his big 1-meter win against Virginia Tech and Duke. Sophomore Cameron Thatcher was awarded his nod following his outing at the GT Invite, where he won 1-meter and placed fifth on 3-meter.
Also, junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha took home the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week after his performance at the All Florida Invite in September.
For the first time since the 2012 season, Florida State won the GT Invite with a total of 1,569.5 ahead of No. 14 Alabama (1,174.5), Georgia Tech (890) and No. 19 South Carolina (846).
The Seminoles exercised their depth in the sprint events, qualifying seven swimmers for the top heat of the 50 free, with five breaking the 20-second barrier at finals.
In the 100 free, Florida State had six race in the ‘A’ final of the meet.
Including both sprint events, the Seminoles had 58 performances scoring in the top 10 at the meet, including victories from J Davidson on 3-meter with a score of 410.85 and Thatcher on 1-meter at 384.90.
Florida State heads into the 2018 portion of the season with three wins, over No. 21 Minnesota (179-121), Duke (208-145) and Florida Southern (176-84).
The Noles fell to No.19 Virginia Tech (194.5-158.5) at the quad meet in Durham, N.C. and No. 8 Arizona State (176-124) on the road.
Florida State has been recognized in every poll in the CSCAA, making its 2017-18 season debut at No. 20. Since then, the Noles have been ranked 21st (Oct. 25) and 18th, (Nov. 8) before landing at No. 19 in the current poll that was released on Dec. 6.
Also, the Noles are currently ranked 21st in the collegeswimming.com poll.
Davidson ended his junior career on a high note by taking gold on 3-meter and silver on 1-meter while representing Team USA at the 2017 Junior Pan American Games. He joined his teammates Molly Carlson and Cameron Thatcher as a gold medalist at the event.
Sophomore Vladimir Stefanik represented Slovakia at the 2017 LEN European Short Couse Championships, placing 39th in the 100 fly (52.71), 41st in the 200m free (1:48.48) behind two career best times. He was also 50th in the 100m free (49.04).
Davidson and Thatcher competed at the 2017 USA Diving Winter Nationals at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from Dec 13-19. Davidson competed in three event finals, finishing seventh on 1-meter, 10th on 3-meter before teaming up with Thatcher to take fourth in 3-meter synchro. Thatcher advanced to the semifinals of 3-meter, finishing 14th.
Thatcher was selected to his second term as an athlete representative for USA Diving during 2018-19 after previously serving in 2016-17. Thatcher will act as a voice for USA Diving on various committees and will attend the annual convention every fall.
The Seminoles will return to action on Jan. 5 to face sixth-ranked Florida in Gainesville, before hosting No. 17 Alabama (Jan. 12), No. 20 Notre Dame (Jan. 19-20) and Florida Atlantic (Jan. 27) before preparing for the ACC Championships (Feb.21-24) and NCAA Championships (March 21-24).
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