TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After the first of two sessions, the (No.25/20) Florida State swimming and diving teams narrowly trail (No.22/22) Notre Dame after the 10 events competed on Friday. The meet will resume on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
“I thought we had a solid first day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “There are just some things we need to tune up for tomorrow. I think Saturday’s events swing more in our favor, so we’ll just have put ourselves in a better spot in order to take advantage.”
The men trail the Irish by eighth points, (97-89) while Notre Dame holds a 112-74 lead in the women’s meet.
The men started off the session edging out the Irish in the 200 medley relay as senior Joe Plechy pulled the Noles to victory in the anchor leg. Seniors Chad Mylin and Matt Ankerholz along with junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha clocked 1:28.49.
Notre Dame followed with a sweep in the 1000 free on top of claiming wins in the 200 free and 100 back, however the Noles got second place finishes in both those events behind sophomore Felipe Ribeiro de Souza (1:38.29) in the 200 free and senior Connor Kalisz (49.24) in the 100 back.
Ankerholz held on at the finish to win the 100 breast, touching with a time of 56.30 and freshmen Julio Horrego (56.47) and Ryan Telford (56.82) added crucial third and fourth place points.
After surrendering a sweep in the 100 fly, the Noles gained some ground in the 50 free as Mylin touched first with a time of 20.06 ahead of Plechy in third at 20.48 and junior Will Pisani in fourth with a mark of 20.49.
Kaleoaloha won the 100 IM with a fight to the finish with a time of 50.56 while sophomore Nate Samson placed third at 50.91.
The Seminoles and Fighting Irish were neck-and-neck in the final 400 free relay, as Plechy, junior Emir Muratovic and Ribeiro de Souza handed Pisani a slight edge. As the anchor, Pisani held on, touching with a time of 2:59.70.
The men also competed in 3-meter diving, led by freshman Josh Davidson who placed second with a total of 348.93 ahead of senior Tyler Roberge in third at 308.48.
In the women’s meet, the Seminoles were strong on 1-meter with a one-two finish as senior Blaire Mulka led the way with the win at 276.08 and sophomore Ayla Bonniwell followed in second at 276.38, edging out Notre Dame’s top diver by three one-hundredths of a point.
Florida State won the opening 200 medley relay behind the team of freshman Madeline Cohen, senior Natalie Pierce, junior Leila Johnston and senior Alexi Smith with a time of 1:40.69.
Notre Dame answered with a one-two finish in the 100 free and a sweep in the 200 free.
Cohen led the Noles in the 100 back, touching second with a time of 55.37, just ahead of her classmate Ana Zortea who touched third at 55.58.
Pierce continued her dominance in the 100 breast, using a strong back half to win the race, clocking a 1:01.34.
The Irish followed with a sweep of the 200 fly, but the Seminoles answered with a strong 50 free as Smith won with a time of 23.27 ahead of freshman Emma Terebo in third (23.56).
Notre Dame ended the meet with a one-two finish in both the 100 IM and 400 free relay.
Saturday’s events will feature the 400 medley relay, 500 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 IM and the 200 free relay along with women’s 3-meter and men’s 1-meter.
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