January 26, 2018
FSU Swim & Dive to Honor Seniors at Final Dual

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The nationally-ranked (No. 25/20) Florida State swimming and diving teams will honor its senior class on Saturday prior to facing Florida Atlantic at 11 a.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

“Saturday should be a great way for us to close out our dual meet season,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re looking forward to honoring our seniors. They’ve really helped lead us in the right direction as a program and for that we’re thankful and proud.”

Senior recognition will begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by a 13-event formatted dual with the Owls where the slate contains the 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 50 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 back, 500 free, 100 breast, 200 free relay along with 1-meter and 3-meter diving.

The Seniors

Florida State will honor 16 seniors prior to the meet.

Matthew Ankerholz – Lake Mary, Fla., breast, social science

Calvin Bryant – St. Petersburg, Fla., free, criminology

Connor Kalisz – BelAir, Md., back/IM, sports management

Chad Mylin – Longwood, Fla., free/back, sports management

Joe Plechy – Bradenton, Fla., free, biological science

Jonathan Ratliff – Panama City, Fla., fly/free, biochemical engineering

Tyler Roberge – Edmonton, Alb., diving, psychology

Jacob Urbano – Kailua, Hawaii, fly/free, sociology & international affairs

Ariel Baraber – Meadowbrook, Pa., back/free, sociology

Caroline Gerhardt – Jacksonville, Fla., diving, exercise science

Tayla Lovemore – Durban, South Africa, fly/free, environment & society

Blaire Mulka – Boca Raton, Fla., diving, sport management

Natalie Pierce – Birmingham, Mich., breast, international affairs

Brenna Ruth – Boca Raton, Fla., free, Studio Art

Alexi Smith – Lawrenceville, Ga., free, editing, writing and media

Alex Wittman – Clearwater Beach, Fla., free, sociology

The Series

Florida State has faced Florida Atlantic 28 times on the women’s side and 21 on the men’s, as both teams hold a perfect record against the Owls.

This will be the first time Studd has coached against his alma mater while at the helm of the Garnet and Gold.

The Last Time Out

The Seminoles fell to No.22/22 Notre Dame in a close two-day battle. The No. 25 women (4-7) lost 160-193, while the No. 20 men (3-5) dropped their contest 162-191.

Senior Natalie Pierce led the Noles in the breast events, taking the 100 and 200. It was the seventh win for the Birmingham, Mich. native in the 100 this season.

Florida State reloaded for the second day of the meet, winning six of the nine events competed.

The men’s team had a pair of wins from senior Matt Ankerholz in both the 100 and 200 breast while junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha won the 100 fly and 100 IM.

Kaleoaloha and Ankerholz also teamed up on the winning 200 medley relay and Kaleoaloha helped the Noles finish first and second in the 400 free relay to close out the meet.

On Florida Atlantic

Hailing from Conference USA, the women’s team is 3-4 on the season while the men are 2-3.

Sophomore Spence Atkins was awarded C-USA Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 17 after she won three events in the tri-meet with Fordham and Central Connecticut. She won the 200 free (1:52.56) and 500 free (4:59.13) and 200 fly (2:01.26).

The men also earned a pair of C-USA Performers of the Week on Jan. 9. Will Smith and Logan Downey have collected their second nods of the season after the Owls faced NJIT and William and Mary before traveling to Florida. Smith finished second in the 1000 free (9:45.24) third in the 500 free (4:47.25) in the tri-meet before taking second in the 1000 free (9:37.35) and 400 IM (4:15.86) against UF.

Downey had three wins on the weekend in diving, two at the tri-meet, one against UF.

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