DURHAM, N.C. – A pool record, two relay victories and strong diving paced the (No.23/20) Florida State swimming and diving teams on the first night of the tri-meet against (No. 20/NR) Duke and (RV/19) Virginia Tech in Durham, N.C.
The Seminoles closed out the first night of competition by setting a new Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion pool record in the 400 medley relay behind freshman Madeline Cohen, senior Natalie Pierce, freshman Elise Olsen and senior Alexi Smith with a time of 3:41.54.
“The women’s team was able to get the pool record in the 400 medley relay,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re leaving our name on the board so that’s pretty cool.”
Florida State was strong on the boards against two of the top diving teams in the ACC, winning both the men’s and women’s events.
Sophomore Ayla Bonniwell edged out the defending ACC 3-meter champion, Ashlynn Peters (VT) by just over one point, winning the 3-meter with a score of 320.35. Her classmate Molly Carlson followed in third, scoring 315.75 while senior Blaire Mulka placed seventh (275.10).
Freshman Josh Davidson held off Evan Moretti (338.85) and Nathaniel Hernandez (337.65) of Duke for the win on 1-meter with a tally of 342.00. Sophomore Cameron Thatcher was also in the mix, finishing fourth at 337.26 while senior Tyler Roberge placed sixth at 321.00.
Pierce also contributed a dominant victory in the 100 breast, touching at 1:02.79.
The men’s 200 free relay also opened the night with a victory with a time of 1:20.61 behind senior Chad Mylin along with juniors Will Pisani, Kanoa Kalealoha and Emir Muratovic.
After the first of two sessions, the No. 20 men’s team leads Duke 90-77, but trails No. 19 Virginia Tech 93-74. The 23rd-ranked women trail both No. 20 Duke (96-71) and Virginia Tech 109.5-57.5.
“It’s great to get ACC competition going,” Studd said. “Duke and Virginia Tech swam very well today, but we put some good points on the board today but it’s great to see teams in our conference. We’re going to be battling out for those places at ACC’s later in the season.”
The men’s team also had solid showings in the 200 IM as sophomore Rudo Loock placed second with a time of 1:52.37 just ahead of freshman Ryan Telford in third (1:52.47). Telford also led the Noles in the 100 breast, touching fourth at 56.69.
Senior Calvin Bryant also led in the 500 free, finishing third at 4:35.34, ahead of newcomer Alex Cronin in sixth (4:36.85).
Sophomore Griffin Alaniz and senior Connor Kalisz put up a third and fourth place showing in the 200 back, touching with times of 1:48.75 and 1:49.54.
Kaleoaloha was the top FSU finisher in the 100 free, placing third at 45.15 while sophomore Max Polianski took second in the 200 fly at 1:51.01.
Junior Shelly Drozda had a fourth place finish in the 200 back for the women, touching with a time of 2:00.03, while Smith also grabbed fourth in the 100 free at 51.25 and Olsen placed sixth at 51.59.
“I think our travel today took the edge off of us a little bit,” Studd said. “Hopefully we can get a good night of sleep and be ready to go tomorrow.”
Saturday’s session will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 200 free, 100 fly, 1-meter diving (W), 3-meter diving (M) the 400 IM and the 400 free relay.
Live timing will be available on meet mobile and through sportstiming.com.
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