ATLANTA, Ga. – The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships concluded on Thursday night at the McAuley Aquatic Center with 21st-ranked Florida State finishing fifth overall with a total of 730.
It was the largest one-year improvement at the ACC Championships in school history as the Seminoles jumped four spots from the 2016 meet where they placed ninth.
FSU held off No. 14 Virginia (709.5) and North Carolina (700) on the final day. No. 3 NC State won the meet (1297.5), No. 9 Louisville was second (1134), followed by No. 19 Notre Dame (923.5) in third and Virginia Tech in fourth (883.5).
“I’m just very happy to see such a huge first year improvement,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “I’m proud of the guys. They worked hard and swam and dove great. I want to thank my whole staff for making this happen.”
Junior Connor Kalisz started the night off by winning the consolation final with a time of 1:41.90, taking over the lead on the last 25 yards. Kalisz was just off his personal best of 1:41.76, a mark that he set at the Georgia Invite in December.
The Seminoles made a piece of history by returning six swimmers to the finals in the 100 free. Since the ACC switched the format of the meet to three heats, Florida State had previously qualified five in 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2005, but never scored with six swimmers.
Sophomore Kanoa Kaleoaloha placed third in the consolation heat, swimming a personal best of 43.12, which is the third fastest swim in FSU history. In addition, senior Jason McCormick finished his ACC career by placing 14th at 43.28.
FSU had four of the six competing in the C final, as sophomore Joseph Plechy scored his first individual ACC points by placing 19th with a career best time of 43.71. Freshman Vladimir Stefanik followed in 20th at 43.85 and sophomore William Pisani was 22nd at 43.89. Sophomore Emir Muratovic rounded out the field in 23rd at 43.90.
In addition to Kaleoaloha, Plechy and Pisani’s morning swim of 43.54 rank inside the FSU all-time top 10. Pisani’s performance ties for eighth while Plechy’s mark is 10th.
Senior Jason Coombs also competed at his final ACC Championships, touching with a time of 1:57.09 in the 200 breast, placing 13th.
Freshman Max Polianksi closed out the individual events, touching at 1:46.89 after posting a 1:46.35 in prelims.
The Seminoles finished the meet behind the team of McCormick, Kaleoaloha, Plechy and Pisani, who touched in sixth with a time of 2:54.00.
Earlier, in heat three of four in the 1650 free, junior Calvin Bryant captured 17th place points, touching with a final time of 15:28.33.
Senior Dylan Grisell, juniors Tyler Roberge and Cameron Johnson along with freshman Aidan Faminoff will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships in March at the Zone B qualifier at Auburn from March 6-8.
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