GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2016 Men’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close on Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with Florida State competing in nine swims in finals.
“We fought for it this morning,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We did our best to get as many back as possible, we had some best times and I thought overall we had a good meet.”
Swimming in his second career ACC A final in the 100 free, junior Jason McCormick placed eighth with a final time of 43.61 after posting his career best in prelims at 43.21, which ranks third on the FSU all-time top ten list.
Junior Jason Coombs competed in second championship heat of the meet, placing fourth in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.96 – a mark that was just shy of his school record of 1:54.30.
“I’ll take those swims,” Bradley said. “They swam well this week. I was very pleased with what they did and we’ll have to get some things cleaned up before NCAAs. But I think Coombs has set himself up to have a good meet next month and McCormick had a best time this morning. You’ve got to be proud of that.”
Competing in his second-straight ACC final in the 200 fly, senior Cole Hensley moved up from seventh to sixth, touching with a time of 1:45.69 after posting a 1:44.74 in prelims.
“Cole is such a great leader for us,” Bradley said. “He just does so much right as a student-athlete and I am very proud of the way he fought to get into that top heat for the second straight year.”
In the earlier heats of the 1650 free, sophomore Calvin Bryant posted a 15:19.34 for 13th place. The swim was the best of his FSU career.
After finishing just shy of the top heat, sophomore Connor Kalisz put forth his best effort in the 200 back, taking over the lead in the back half of the race turning in a time of 1:42.17.
“That was a great swim,” Bradley said. “Connor wasn’t really healthy his freshman year and this season he’s been improving and swimming very well. Last year, 1:41.95 got the NCAA invite, so it’s going to be close for him.”
In the C final, junior Stefan Stojmenovic placed sixth with a time of 1:46.30 after swimming his personal best of 1:45.86, which was the 10th fastest in FSU history. Freshman Noah Hensley also competed in the heat, touching in eighth with a final time of 1:47.68.
Freshman Kanoa Kaleoaloha saved his best race of the meet for last, winning the C final of the 100 free with a personal record of 43.58. It was the eighth fastest swim in FSU history.
“That was a breakthrough,” Bradley said. “He went for it in finals and that was what we were looking for.”
In addition, his classmate, Emir Muratovic placed 24th, touching with a final time of 44.46 after swimming a 44.27 in the morning.
Also competing in the 200 fly finals was sophomore Jacob Urbano, who touched in 24th at 1:49.89 following his prelims swim of 1:47.75.
The Seminoles closed out the meet with an eighth place showing in the 400 free relay behind the team of Kaleoaloha, Muratovic, senior Ian Apple and Jason McCormick, touching with a time of 2:55.43.
Florida State finished the meet in ninth place behind 606 points.
“On the men’s side, this conference has become very competitive from top to bottom,” Bradley said. “Looking back, we had a lot of best times and great swims, but we also left a ton of points on the board with two relay DQ’s and a few other bumps along the way and our guys fought to overcome those. Looking at it, of our 20 guys that competed, 16 scored. Hopefully we can keep building on that. We’ve got a lot of guys coming back next year that scored and our best events will be even better. Now it’s time to shift our focus to NCAAs.”
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