August 8, 2017
Pisani, Telford Highlight August Competitions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State swimmers opened August by competing all over the world in five different meets, capturing eight medals.

“Most of our athletes were focused on these competitions at the start of summer and I’m really pleased with how they performed,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “I thought we finished on a great note and I couldn’t be more excited to get ready for our season.”

Pisani, Telford Win Gold at Canadian Nationals

Rising junior William Pisani and incoming freshman Ryan Telford both turned in gold medal performances at the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships which were held at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Montreal, Quebec from Aug. 4-7.

Pisani swam in four championships finals during the meet highlighted by his gold medal in the 50m fly (24.23), while Telford won the 200m (2:13.47) breast on opening night.

Pisani added a fourth place finish in the 50m free (22.86), a fifth place showing in the 100m fly (54.36) before taking ninth in the 100m free (51.49) to close out the meet.

Representing AJAX swimming, Telford also competed in four championship finals and one consolation heat. Following his victory, Telford grabbed silver in the 100m breast at 1:03.01 and added seventh place finishes in both individual medley races. He also tied for 13th in the 50m breast, touching at 29.73.

Rising sophomore Paige Schendelaar-Kemp represented Club Seminole in the women’s events, placing 19th in the 50m fly at 28.96 and 33rd in the 100m fly (1:05.04).

Sankovich Continues to Roll on the World Cup Circuit

Fresh off his seventh place finish in the 50m back at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, former FSU standout Pavel Sankovich won the gold medal in the 50m back at the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Moscow (Aug. 2-3) with a time of 23.20.

Continuing on the circuit, Sankovich won bronze in the 100m back at the next World Cup stop in Berlin, Germany (Aug. 6-7) with a time of 50.70.

Sankovich currently sits in 14th place in the World Cup standings with 18 points. The third meet will be held in Eindhoven, Netherlands from Aug. 11-12.

Blank, Lovemore Earn Second Swims at US Open

Sophomore Nika Blank and senior Tayla Lovemore earned second swims in the 50m free at the 2017 US Open, which was held at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y. from Aug. 2-6.

Blank won the D final, touching with a time of 25.90 while Lovemore finished eighth in the C final, at 26.53 for 24th place.

Lovemore also competed in the 100m fly, touching with a time of 1:02.06 for 41st, however she also time trialed the event, turning in a faster mark of 1:01.15.

Freshman Maddie Cohen represented Swim Atlanta, earning a second swim in the C final of the 100m back, touching in 23rd place with a time of 1:03.90. She also placed 65th in the 100m free (58.41) and 58th in the 50 free (26.90).

Senior Joe Plechy also competed at the meet in the sprint free events, finishing 45th in the 100m free (52.45) and 42nd (23.94) in the 50m free.

Blank will remain in New York to compete in at the 2017 Speedo Junior National Championships, where she is seeded seventh in the 50m free. She will race the 100m free on Wednesday.

Ratliff, McGuire Headline ISCA Summer Senior Champs

Junior Jonathan Ratliff and freshman Chad McGuire headlined the 2017 ISCA Summer Senior Champs in St. Petersburg, Fla. From Aug. 4-6. Both represented the Panama City Swim Team.

Ratliff raced in three events, finishing in third place in the 100m fly (57.27), eighth in the 200m free (1:59.55) and 13th in the 100m free (54.59).

McGuire showed tons of improvement during his full slate, racing in seven individual events posting his highest finish in the 100m breast (1:05.37), taking second. He was also third in the 200m breast (2:20.53), fourth in the 50m breast (30.03) fifth in the 200 IM (2:12.44) and eighth in the 400m IM (4:44.75).

Riemenschnieder Takes on Futures Championship

Freshman Clay Riemenschnieder represented Swim Florida at the 2017 Futures Championship in Nashville, Tenn. over the weekend in the distance events.

He placed 28th in the 800m free (8:54.24), 45th in the 400m free (4:16.85) and 62nd in the 200 free (2:01.70).

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