TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Career best times paced the Florida State swimming and diving teams on the first day of the UF Last Chance meet at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
“We had a great day of fast swims,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re very excited about what this group did today and we’re looking forward to another great day tomorrow.”
Freshman Griffin Alaniz swam a personal best by five-seconds in the 500 free, touching with a time of 4:22.71, placing fourth. In addition to Alaniz, newcomer Keagan Finley was fifth with a mark of 4:28.95, which was also his personal best, while Connor Thorne (4:36.95) added his best time for seventh and Jonathan Ratliff (4:37.73) finished eighth.
Sophomore Christi DiPaolo finished in third in the 200 IM, with a mark of 2:06.37. For the men, freshman Nate Samson was the runner up, swimming a time of 1:49.50 after posting a season best of 1:48.88 in the morning swim. Freshman Derek Peeples was fifth at 1:51.78, and his classmate, Giorgio DelGrosso followed in eighth (1:55.56).
Closing out the session tying for third in the 50 free was senior Lydia Ware, touching at 22.82 after a 22.74 prelim swim. Ware scored points individually in the 200 IM, 100 fly and 100 free at the 2016 ACC Championships that took place from Feb. 13-16.
Sophomore John Vann finished fourth at 20.63 after swimming a career best time of 20.40 in prelims. His classmate Kunmi Ogunfeibo followed in seventh 20.90 and senior Jemal LeGrand finished eighth at 21.06.
In addition to Friday’s events, several Seminoles participated in time trials of the 100 fly. Freshman Paige Schendelaar-Kemp led with a time of 55.00 with sophomore Natalie Purnell touching in second (56.74) and freshman Macie Beairsto was third (56.81).
Saturday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will contain the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Finals will follow at 5 p.m.
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