TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite trailing by one point heading into Saturday’s meet, the 23rd-ranked Florida State men’s swimming and diving team fell to No. 7 Louisville at the Bobby E. Leach Center. The Cardinals outscored the Seminoles 119-67 in the second session resulting in a 203-150 final score.
“I knew where we are in our training cycle that we’d be a little hot and cold,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “The energy was high today but we came out a little flat and it cost us, but overall as a team I like where we are as we head down the stretch for the season.”
Louisville had the slight edge, 84-83 heading into Saturday’s 10-event session, which started with the 200 medley relay.
The Cards added to their lead by winning the event, however the team of freshman Noah Hensley, junior Jason Coombs, senior Cole Hensley and junior Jason McCormick posted a time of 1:29.59 for second and the squad of junior Stefan Stojmenovic, sophomore Rafa Van Leeuwaarde, freshman Kanoa Kaleoaloha and sophomore Chad Mylin followed shortly behind in third, at 1:30.03.
Louisville extended its lead following a first, second and fourth place showing in the 1000 free.
The Seminoles would gain a point in the 50 free by placing second, third, fourth and fifth as Kaleoaloha led the way at 20.67 followed by McCormick (20.69), Mylin (20.71) and Apple (21.00).
Sophomore Connor Kalisz put up a fight in the 100 back, taking second at 49.01. Stojmenovic (49.92) and Noah Hensley (50.39) followed in fourth and fifth respectively.
Coombs contributed second place points in the 200 breast with a time of 2:01.66.
Cole Hensley stepped up and got his hands on the wall first in the 100 fly with a time of 48.78.
The Cardinals pulled away after putting up a one-two finish in the 200 free as freshman Emir Muratovic avoided the sweep, touching in third with a time of 1:40.12.
Louisville followed its near-sweep with a one-two-three finish in the 400 IM.
The Seminoles added a one-two punch from 3-meter diving, as junior Dylan Grisell won the event with a score of 376.65 ahead of his fellow countryman, sophomore Tyler Roberge (343.65). Sophomore Cameron Johnson added fourth place points, scoring 324.00.
In the final event of the meet, Mylin ran down Louisville’s Matthias Linderbauer, however he could not pull McCormick, Kaleoaloha and Muratovic to victory, touching in second with a time of 2:59.01.
“I thought we took another step in the right direction,” Bradley said. “We started off flat and couldn’t shift gears, but we had a great week of training and Louisville has some great swimmers.”
The women fell to the 11th-ranked Cardinals 238-115.
After falling behind in the first 200, freshman Summer Finke took over the lead at the 500 mark of the 1000 free and never looked back, winning the event with a season-best time of 10:02.06.
Sophomore Natalie Pierce grabbed second place in the 200 breast, finishing with a time of 2:21.31.
Freshmen Lelia Johnston and Gracie Redding produced a second and third place showing in the 100 fly, touching at 56.31 and 56.49.
Meg Brown added a second place finish in the 400 IM touching with a time of 4:23.95.
“After this meet it’s time to pick up the energy and focus on speed,” Bradley said. “And we need to really dial into those fine details. I think they’re on the right track but we need to work on it.”
The Seminoles will hit the road to face Auburn and Wisconsin for one more contest before the ACC Championships on Jan. 29 at Auburn.
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