GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Florida State men’s swimming teams had eight races in finals on Thursday of the 2016 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
“We had a pretty solid morning session today,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We had a lot of best times and we had a big 50 free and our guys are starting to get going.”
Florida State was fueled by the 50 free, where it scored 60 total points behind five swims in finals.
Sophomore Chad Mylin first qualified for the championship heat after swimming his personal best time of 19.73 in prelims. He would swim faster at night, placing seventh with a 19.70.
The performance was the seventh best in FSU history.
“He had a great swim,” Bradley said. “You think a year ago at this meet, Chad didn’t score a single point for us. Now, he’s a key part of relays and he made an A final. That’s a long way in a year. I’m very happy for him.”
Prior to Mylin’s race, junior Jason McCormick stepped up and won the B final with a time of 19.68, finishing ninth.
Freshmen Kanoa Kaleoaloha and Emir Muratovic along with senior Ian Apple scored their first career individual ACC points by swimming in the C final of the event.
Apple won the heat, swimming a personal best time of 19.99 for 17th just ahead of Kaleoaloha who was 18th at his top time of 20.04. Muratovic placed 24th at 20.46 after posting his personal record of 20.10 in prelims.
“All of those guys in the 50 were awesome,” Bradley said. “I thought we could get five back in finals and we did and they all came back and did better. Those guys got it done today.”
Sophomore Connor Kalisz started the session off for the Seminoles in C final of the 200 IM after posting a 1:46.60 in prelims.
Kalisz made his move on the back half of the race, climbing up to finish second and 18th overall with a personal best time of 1:46.41, holding his spot in fourth place on the FSU all-time top 10.
Following Kalisz in the B final was junior Jason Coombs, who placed 11th in the race with a time of 1:45.50.
Coombs jumped from sixth to first during his breaststroke leg where he split 29.76, however he held his place, finishing third in the heat, matching his prelim time of 1:45.50.
“Both Coombs and Kalisz were right on what they went mid-season,” Bradley said. “They wanted to be faster, but Kalisz moved up in finals and Coombs held his place and their best events are yet to come.”
The Seminoles closed the session with a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay behind the team of McCormick, Kaleoaloha, Mylin and Apple with a time of 1:18.20.
“It was a solid relay,” Bradley said. “Our exchanges were a little safe but the splits were there. As a group, those guys had a heck of a day but we’re not done. We’re just getting started.”
Friday’s prelims will contain the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back with finals following at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.
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