DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams continued to perform well on the second day of the Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational at the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion at Duke.
“There were some great swims across the board tonight,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Our new additions to the team are really turning it up and swimming well before ACCs and we also had others swim very well today too.”
Florida State’s mid-year additions showed progress in Saturday’s finals as freshmen Rudo Loock and Vladimir Stefanik led the Seminoles in the 100 fly. Loock won the B final at 48.80 and Stefanik followed in 10th at 48.94. Both swims were the best this season.
Also swimming in the B final was freshman Derek Peeples, who touched in 14th at 51.17 while his classmate Nate Samson won the C final at 49.51.
Minutes later, Loock was back on the blocks for the 200 free, winning the B final with a time of 1:38.23 – another best. Sophomore John Vann was also in the heat, touching in 15th at 1:41.96.
Newcomer Keagan Finley won the C final at 1:41.12 while Stefanik finished in 20th (1:43.42).
Samson closed out the night for the Seminoles, finishing in 15th in the 100 back at 50.88, while Peeples finished 23rd at 52.97.
For the women, sophomore Caroline Nava led the Seminoles off by finishing 12th in the 100 fly with a time of 57.12 ahead of senior Caroline Page, who was 16th at 57.96
Freshman Manuella Ribas Andrade continued to have the best meet of her career after she turned in a personal best in the 200 free, touching fourth at 1:51.20. Junior Brenna Ruth followed in sixth at 1:52.17.
Also turning in a best time was freshman Macie Bearisto, winning the B final with a mark of 1:50.41. Nava reloaded, placing 11th with a time of 1:50.41, just ahead of sophomore Daniella Van den Berg, who was 16th at 1:57.24 after swimming a time of 1:55.29 in prelims.
Sophomore Christi DiPaolo won the C final at 1:54.69.
In the 100 breast, sophomore McKenna Harris took fifth place touching with a mark of 1:03.33 while freshman Haley O’Meara was 13th at 1:06.69.
The Seminoles closed out the session strong with the 100 back as three competing in the top heat led by sophomore Fabiana Ingram, who was fifth at 56.62. Natalie Chambers followed in sixth (56.82) and Page was eighth (58.39) after swimming a 57.20 in the morning.
In her third race of the session and sixth of the day, Nava placed 13th with a final time of 58.52.
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