INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 21 Florida State swimming and diving team scored its first points of the 2017 NCAA Championships on Thursday night behind a 13th place finish in the 200 free relay.
The team of senior Jason McCormick, junior Chad Mylin and sophomores William Pisani and Kanoa Kaleoaloha finished tied with ACC foe, Louisville with a time of 1:17.23.
The Seminoles picked up their seventh All-America honor in the race in school history and it was the first points scored in the event on the national level since 2012.
“We had a very solid relay today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was great to see those guys go from not having the relay at the meet the past two seasons to scoring and All-American honorable mention.”
Florida State qualified for the consolation heat with a mark of 1:17.34 in 14th place with McCormick, Mylin sophomore Emir Muratovic and Pisani.
The seven points scored put the Noles on the board in 25th place after Thursday’s finals.
In addition to the relay, senior Jason Coombs appeared in his fourth NCAA Championships in the 200 IM, placing 42nd with a mark of 1:46.63. Mylin was just off his personal best in the 50 free, touching in 28th place at 19.48 while McCormick finished 39th at 19.74.
The Seminoles closed out Thursday’s prelims by taking 23rd in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:09.10 behind junior Connor Kalisz, Coombs, Pisani and McCormick.
Senior Dylan Grisell led the way for the Noles in 1-meter diving, placing 28th with a final score of 300.75 and junior Tyler Roberge followed in 34th at 283.20.
“This was such a deep 1-meter field,” FSU head diving coach said. “Dylan was so close to making it back, he was right there. Tomorrow is another day and we’ll ready to get up and go.”
Friday’s Prelims will feature Kalisz and Mylin in the 100 back in addition to Coombs and McCormick in the 100 breast. The Seminoles will also compete in the 200 medley relay before Grisell and Roberge take on 3-meter.
Prelims will start at 10 a.m. and finals will follow at 6 p.m. with the top 16 advancing, including relays.
Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.
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