TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Members of the Florida State swimming and diving teams continued to produce career best performances on the second day of the UF Last Chance Invite at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
“This bunch had another great day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had more best times and great swims. I’m excited to see how they close out the season tomorrow.”
The Seminoles we led off with freshman Griffin Alaniz placing second in the 400 IM with a career best time of 3:49.90, which was his second major time drop of the meet. His performance ranks fifth on the FSU all-time top 10 list.
Freshman Paige Schendelaar-Kemp finished third in the 100 fly, with her best of the season at 54.89. In the men’s race, rookie Nate Samson was second with a time of 48.59 while his classmate Derek Peeples followed in third with his personal best of 49.44. Sophomore Jonathan Ratliff was fourth with a mark of 50.32 after posting a 50.17 in prelims.
In the 200 free, freshman Macie Beairsto put up her best time, touching in sixth at 1:49.72 and sophomore Christi DiPaolo followed in eighth at 1:51.95.
Senior Jemal LeGrand had the fastest swim of his career in the 200 free, placing fourth at 1:38.06, while sophomore John Vann was at his best, touching fifth at 1:38.53. Newcomer Keagan Finley rounded out the top heat in eighth with a time of 1:39.40.
Sophomore Natalie Purnell was the winner in the 100 breast, swimming a time of 1:01.50, which was just off her personal best at 1:01.33. In the men’s event, freshman Giorgio DelGross was sixth, touching at 56.28.
In the final event of the session, sophomore Kunmi Ogunfeibo finished sixth in the 100 back swimming a time of 48.48 after going 48.45 in the morning prelims.
Sunday’s session will contain the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. with finals following at 5 p.m.
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