TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams continued to shine with personal best swims on the second day of the Auburn Invite.
“There were some very fast swims today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We are very excited about how we performed today.”
Sophomore Nate Samson highlighted the night, winning the 100 back with a personal best time of 47.27, clocking the fifth fastest swim in school history. Samson’s previous mark was set on Friday night as the lead-off leg of the 400 medley relay, where he split a time of 47.44.
His classmate, Griffin Alaniz also posted a second place finish in the 400 IM, which was his career best time of 3:49.68, remaining fifth all-time.
“Nate was lights out today,” Studd added. “He’s looking great right now. It was awesome to see Griffin back on his best. He swam very aggressively.”
Sophomores John Mataxas and Alex Cronin led the way for the Noles in their events, also turning in career best times. Cronin finished sixth in the 200 free, touching at 1:36.98, which was one-second under his previous best. Mataxas followed with a 47.62 in the 100 fly, for second place.
Freshman Julio Horrego pulled double duty, first placing third in the 400 IM after a two-second drop (3:54.66). He followed that swim by finishing fourth in the 100 breast (55.27) after posting his career best in prelims at 55.01. Rookie Paxton Rhoads also competed in the top heat, touching sixth with a final time of 55.67 after swimming his best in the morning at 55.21.
Freshman Patrick Butkovich also swam in the final heat of the 400 IM along with Alaniz and Horrego, touching fifth at 3:57.09. Senior Jacob Urbano was a top finisher in the 100 fly, placing sixth with a mark of 48.71.
Sophomore Derek Peeples joined Samson in the final heat of the 100 back, touching eighth at 50.87.
The women took fourth, fifth and sixth in the opening 400 IM, led by freshman Kile Carriger (4:26.30), who swam her career best in prelims of 4:23.38. Sophomore Elizabeth Zubero followed in fifth (4:27.86) and junior Oliva Jacobi was sixth (4:29.50).
Freshman Hailey Ladd continued to turn in best times, touching in seventh in the 200 free (1:51.40) just ahead of senior Alex Wittman (1:51.43).
Carriger added an eighth place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.10 before sophomore Mykala Arnold took seventh in the 100 back (56.16).
Prelims on Sunday will begin at 9:30 CT and finals will start at 3 p.m. The events scheduled are the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay.
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