TEMPE, Ariz. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams fell to Arizona State in the first ever meeting on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatics Center.
The women (0-4) suffered a tough loss after a hard-fought battle, 152.5-147.5, while No. 21 FSU men (2-2) fell to No. 8 ASU, 176-124.
The Florida State women won eight events on the day, including the opening 400 medley relay by over two seconds, behind freshman Madeline Cohen, senior Natalie Pierce, rookie Elise Olsen and senior Alexi Smith with a time of 3:41.03.
Cohen then picked up a win two events later in the 100 back, touching with a mark of 55.20, just ahead of her classmate Ana Zortea in second at 55.49.
Smith was strong in the sprint events, winning the 50 free (23.37) before taking 100 free by three one-hundredths of a second (50.67).
Senior Blaire Mulka was dominant on 1-meter, winning the event with a score of 313.73, almost 20 points ahead of the next competitor.
The Seminoles gained more ground after junior Shelly Drozda broke the two-minute barrier in the 200 back, cruising to a win at 1:59.61, while Cohen took third (2:02.10).
After ASU took the next two events, Olsen stepped up and won the 100 fly with a season-best effort of 54.38 ahead of senior Tayla Lovemore in third (55.57) and junior Leila Johnston in fourth (55.80).
The Sun Devils finished first and second in both platform diving and the 200 IM, however the Seminoles fought until the very end, placing first and second in the 200 free relay.
The team of sophomore Nika Blank, Johnston, freshman Emma Terebo and Smith won at 1:32.07, while the ‘B’ squad of Olsen, Lovemore, senior Ariel Barber and Zortea was second at 1:33.17, holding off ASU’s top team (1:33.47).
“We had some great swims and some amazing relay performances,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We were so close to winning on the women’s side especially after placing first and second in the last relay.”
The men’s team was led by senior Chad Mylin and freshman Julio Horrego who brought home a pair of individual wins.
Mylin won the 50 free with a time of 20.04 before leading off the 200 free relay with a split of 19.93 to close out the meet. Mylin, along with Will Pisani, Joe Plechy and Emir Muratovic held off the Sun Devils for the win with a time of 1:19.96.
Horrego brought home his first collegiate race in his third individual event of the day, the 200 IM, after he made his move on the breaststroke leg with a 30.80 split. Horrego was the victor of a three-way battle with a time of 1:51.47, while sophomore Max Polianski placed third at 1:51.72.
Prior to the 200 IM, Horrego helped the Noles place second, third and fourth in the 100 breast as he was the runner-up with a time of 56.41 ahead of senior Matt Ankerholz in third (56.95) and freshman Ryan Telford in fourth (57.08).
Horrego also led FSU in the 200 breast, touching second at 2:02.34.
Contributing second and third place showings were sophomore Griffin Alaniz (9:34.55) and senior Daniel Bis (9:36.81) in the 1000 free, Polianksi (1:50.03) and senior Jacob Urbano (1:50.90) in the 200 fly before junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha (44.52) and sophomore Felipe Ribeiro de Souza (44.97) in the 100 free.
On the boards, senior Tyler Roberge had a season-high score on 3-meter, placing second at 391.20, while freshman Josh Davidson was third with a total of 373.88.
“It was a great meet and an awesome experience,” Studd said. “ASU were wonderful hosts. We learned a lot and we’re looking forward to being at home next weekend.”
Florida State will return to Tallahassee to face Florida Southern, North Florida and West Florida on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
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