ATLANTA, Ga. – The No. 21 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team picked up a pair of podium finishes from its sprinters at the ACC Championships on Tuesday at the McAuley Aquatics Center.
Junior Chad Mylin first won bronze in the 50 free with a personal best time of 19.39 before splitting 18.66 on the 200 free relay to help the Seminoles take silver.
“I am so proud of these guys,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We swam very well today and it was great to see Chad and the relay breakthrough and get on that podium.”
As a walk-on, Mylin moves up to third on FSU’s all-time list behind Paul Murray (19.07) and Brendon Dedekind (19.17). In addition to Mylin, senior Jason McCormick swam in his third-career ACC Championship final, touching fifth at his best of 19.41, which keeps him fourth all-time.
McCormick and Mylin along with sophomore Emir Muratovic and William Pisani touched with a time of 1:16.84, just eight-one-hundredths off the school record that was set back in 2012 with the team of Mark Weber, Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Paul Murray at 1:16.76.
“These guys work really hard,” Studd said. “I’m just really happy for them because they deserve this honor.”
With silver, the Seminoles end a two-year drought without an ACC relay medal as the last relay to make the podium was in 2014.
Senior Jason Coombs also competed in the championship final of the 200 IM, placing eighth with a final time of 1:45.05. Coombs posted a career best of 1:44.03 in his morning swim, remaining in second on FSU’s all-time top 10 list behind Pavel Sankovich (1:41.92).
As the lone Seminole in the 500 free, junior Calvin Bryant started off the meet by placing 22nd, with a time of 4:25.89 after touching with a time of 4:23.68 for 19th in the morning swim.
Junior Connor Kalisz finished was also 22nd in the 200 IM with a final time of 1:46.94 after posting near his personal best in prelims at 1:49.49.
Muratovic was second in the C final, touching with his career best time of 19.94. Pisani followed in the consolation heat finishing 14th overall with a final time of 20.03 after clocking his best in prelims of 19.92.
Florida State sits in fifth place after Tuesday’s events with a total of 337 points with 1-meter diving factored into the team total. The Seminoles are just behind No. 19 Notre Dame (365.5) and Virginia Tech (384). No. 3 NC State leads (471) and No. 10 Louisville is in second (402.5)
“The ACC has had some deep swims in both the men’s and women’s meets,” Studd said. “If you slip up a tenth or two, you’re out. We’ve got to get it done in the morning and I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow.”
Wednesday’s events will include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. and finals will follow at 6 p.m. and will be streamed through the ACC Network Extra with Sam Gore and Rowdy Gaines on the call.
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