DURHAM, N.C. – Personal and season best times fueled the Florida State swimming and diving teams on the first day of the Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational on Friday.
The meet started at the Koury Natatorium on the campus of North Carolina, however a water emergency forced finals to be moved to the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion at Duke.
“We had some best times today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some fast in-season swims and we’re excited to see what we can do tomorrow.”
The women had eight athletes swim in the ‘A’ finals of three races, starting with the 500 free. Freshman Manuella Ribas Andrade turned in a personal best in the event in prelims, at 4:55.59 for the top seed. In finals, she swam faster, touching with a time of 4:54.87 for second place.
Her teammate, sophomore Daniella Van den Berg followed in third with a mark of 4:55.79, which was her career best time. Sophomore Kendall McIntosh also competed in the top heat, placing eighth at 5:09.48.
In the 200 IM, freshman Macie Bearisto touched sixth with a mark of 2:07.13 after swimming a season best at 2:06.42 in prelims, while newcomer Christi DiPaolo was eighth at 2:11.27 after touching with a mark of 2:06.62 in the morning.
The Seminoles had three ladies competing in the 50 free, as sophomore Fabiana Ingram turned in the fastest time at 23.58 for fifth place. Junior Brenna Ruth won the ‘B’ final, swimming a time of 23.63 and Natalie Chambers finished 11th (23.82). All three were season top times.
The men’s team started the session with a third place showing in the 200 free relay behind the team of freshmen Rudo Loock and Derek Peeples along with sophomore John Vann and rookie Vladimir Stefanik at 1:23.28.
Newcomer Keagan Finley swam in the ‘B’ final of the 500 free, touching in 15th at 4:38.97. In addition, Connor Thorne competed in the ‘C’ heat, finishing 24th at 4:55.69 after posting a time of 4:51.63 in prelims.
Loock reloaded and placed 14th in the 200 IM with a final time of 1:53.70 following his prelim performance of 1:52.41.
Freshman Nate Samson win the ‘C’ final of the 200 IM after dropping a near seven seconds from his morning swim, touching with a time of 1:51.22. Peeples was 19th at 2:00.97.
Stefanik was the lone Seminole swimming in finals of the 50 free, as he placed 11th with a time of 21.03 after posting a 20.83 in prelims.
Saturday’s sessions will be held at Duke and will contain the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back.
Prelims will start at 10 a.m. with finals following at 6 p.m. Live timing will be available on meet mobile. For more information, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.