GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The (RV/19) Florida State swimming and diving teams fell to (19/6) Florida on Friday night on the road in the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The women fell to the Gators 184-116 while the men lost 209-91.
“We had some fast swims today and competed well,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Hats off to Florida, they swam very well. We’re excited to get back into meets after the break. We saw things we need to fix, but we’ll move forward.”
Prior to the start of the swimming session, the Seminoles finished second, third and fourth in 1-meter diving, led by sophomore Ayla Bonniwell with a score of 262.28. Seniors Blaire Mulka (260.33) and Caroline Gerhardt (240.98) followed in third and fourth respectively.
In the opening 200 medley relay, the Gators edged out the Noles by one tenth of a second, touching with a time of 1:40.01 behind freshman Madeline Cohen along with seniors Natalie Pierce, Tayla Lovemore and Alexi Smith.
FSU then surrendered sweeps in the 1000 free and 200 free before Cohen (55.26) and senior Ariel Barber (56.06) provided a second and third place showing in the 100 back.
Pierce delivered the first individual victory for the Noles, leading wire-to-wire, touching with a time of 1:02.08.
After giving up a one-two punch in the 200 fly, the Noles answered by placing second and third in the 50 free as freshman Emma Terebo touched in second at 23.24, just ahead of Smith in third at 23.34.
Mulka and Bonniwell gained momentum for the Noles after placing first and second on 3-meter with scores of 318.00 and 316.43 respectively.
Terebo was out-touched in the 100 free, but finished second with a time of 50.26 before Cohen led from start to finish in the 200 back (1:58.26) and junior Shelly Drozda followed in third at 1:59.31.
Pierce added a second place finish in the 200 breast, touching with a time of 2:15.14.
The Noles suffered another sweep in the 500 free, but answered with one of their own in the 100 fly, led by Lovemore (55.69) followed by junior Leila Johnston (55.78) in second and freshman Elise Olsen (55.80) in third.
Florida State closed out the meet with Drozda turning in a time of 2:04.21 four third place in the 200 IM before the Noles placed second in the 400 free relay behind Smith, Johnston, Terebo and Lovemore.
Florida State falls to 3-5 on the year and will face both Alabama and Miami on Jan.12 at 12 p.m. in Tallahassee.
The evening started with a one-two punch in the men’s 1-meter diving as freshman Joshua Davidson continued to shine in his rookie season with a commanding victory of 318.23 over senior Tyler Roberge, who was second at 294.75.
Following the first diving event, the Gators were victorious in the first seven swimming races. Senior Chad Mylin produced a second place with a time of 19.75 finish behind UF’s World Champion, Caeleb Dressel (19.41) in the 50 free to highlight the front part of the meet.
After the women’s 3-meter diving break, the Noles picked up three second place finishes, led by sophomore Felipe Ribeiro de Souza in the 100 free with a time of 45.16. Junior Emir Muratovic (45.48) and Vladimir Stefanik (45.62) picked up fourth and fifth place points respectively.
Senior Matthew Ankerholz also turned in a runner up finish in the 200 breast with a mark of 2:03.49 before the Seminoles placed second, third and fourth in the 100 fly. Junior Will Pisani placed second at 48.99 just ahead of junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha (49.02) and sophomore Vladimir Stefanik (49.18).
The divers followed with another dominating performance on 3-meter, sweeping the event, once again led by Davidson. The Tomball, Texas native won with a score of 355.58 ahead of Roberge in second (334.65) and sophomore Cameron Thatcher in third (334.35).
FSU is now 3-3 on the year and will return home to face the Crimson Tide on Jan. 12 at 12 p.m.
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