February 27, 2017 - by
Noles Drop Time in Opening ACC Relays

ATLANTA, Ga. – The No. 21 Florida State men’s swimming team opened the 2017 ACC Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center with time drops in both the 200 medley and 800 free relays.

The Seminoles started off with a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay, touching with a time of 1:25.36, dropping 0.27 off their seed behind the team of seniors Stefan Stojmenovic and Jason Coombs along with sophomore Kanoa Kaleoaloha and junior Chad Mylin.

Florida State followed with an eighth place finish in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:25.83. It was just off the FSU school record that was set in 2009 at 6:25.11.

“We’re off to a solid start,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Both relays went faster than their Georgia Invite times and our 800 free relay was just off the school record. It’s a good start.”

Kaleoaloha led off with a mark of 1:37.03, which was just shy of his career best (1:36.88), with a split of 1:37.03, while freshman Rudo Loock, sophomore Emir Muratovic and rookie Felipe Ribeiro de Souza all performed splits of 1:36.  As mid-year additions, Loock and de Souza were a big help the near six-second drop from the Georgia Invite.

“Our mid-year additions have been huge,” Studd said. “They’re swimming fast and I can’t wait to work with them more.”

With scores factored in from men’s 3-meter diving that included both senior Dylan Grisell and junior Tyler Roberge in the final, the Seminoles are in third place through three events with a total of 146.

Tuesday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. with the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. Finals will start at 6 p.m. and will be streamed through the ACC Network Extra with Sam Gore and Rowdy Gaines on the call.

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