TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The nationally-ranked (No. 21/21) Florida State swimming and diving teams will host (No. NR/14) Arizona State at the Morcom Aquatics Center on Friday at 3 p.m.
The meet will serve as the annual ‘Paint it Pink’ contest and it is also tabbed as alumni weekend.
“We are looking forward to competing against a very good ASU team,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Last year, we dropped both meets to them so we will have to be at our very best if we want to win. It will be fun to have all of the alumni back for the weekend supporting us, so it should be a great day at Morcom.”
FSU vs Arizona State all-time
The Last Time Out:
The No. 25 women’s team (3-0, 2-0 ACC) pulled off a big upset on the road against no. 13 Minnesota, 176-124.
It was the first win over a ranked team since the fall of 2012 and first under third-year head coach Neal Studd.
Freshman Ida Hulkko continued her impressive start to her collegiate career, dominating the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.77, which marks the fifth fastest time in the national this season, and fifth in school history. Hulkko also split over one second faster than any swimmer in the field in the 50 breast at 26.91. For her efforts she was named the ACC Swimmer of the Week.
The Seminoles got a boost from their newcomers in the pool as freshman Kertu Alnek had a solid day, finishing second in the 200 free (1:50.00) before placed second in the 50 free (23.39) behind junior Nika Blank (23.24) and winning the 100 free (50.44).
FSU also produced a sweep in the 200 fly behind freshman Hannah Womer (2:03.09), freshman Boglarka Boneca (2:03.24) and junior Dorothy Halmay (2:04.57).
Junior Molly Carlson led the Noles in diving as she was the lone diver that scored above 300 points on 3-meter, earning a score of 327.45. Her performance landed her 30.15 points above her teammate and second place finisher freshman Grace Cable. On 1-meter, Carlson placed second with a score of 273.08 and her 13 points contributed off of diving events was the most by an individual.
Carlson was awarded her second ACC Diver of the Week honor this season following her performance.
The 20th-ranked men’s team (1-3, 1-1 ACC) fell to No. 18 Minnesota, 119-181.
FSU was led by senior Kanoa Kaleoaloha, who won the 100 fly with a season best of 47.66. He was also a part of the 200 medley relay that touched first at 1:28.43.
His classmate, Emir Muratovic also picked up a victory in the 100 back with a time of 49.39 and both student-athletes helped the Seminoles bring home the 200 free relay win at 1:20.19.
On the boards, Joshua Davidson was the victor on 1-meter with a score of 336.83. he also added a third place finish on 3-meter (314.48).
On Arizona State
The men enter the 2018-19 season off of a campaign where they went 4-4 in dual meets, were 2-3 in the Pac-12 and finished fifth place at NCAA’s. The Sun Devils are led by junior Cameron Craig who is a two-time defending Pac-12 champion in the 200 free, a Pac-12 champion in the 100 free (freshman year) and was named to the USA swimming national junior team as a freshman.
The women enter Friday’s meet three weeks removed from a season-opening 153-96 victory at Oregon State.
Looking to build off of a 2017-18 season that 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-12, the Sun Devils return five contributors who qualified for NCAA’s. Junior Silja Kansakoski leads the women after earning all-America honors in the 100 breast and finishing second in the Pac-12 championships in the event a season ago.
On the women side of the boards, the Sun Devils return two divers that qualified for NCAA competition. Sophomore Ashley McCool, who competes for the Canadian national team, finished second in the Pac-12 in the 3-meter, and set a school-record and pool record in the event at Stanford in 2018.
Sophomore diver Frida Kaellgren also returns to the boards for the women. Kaellgren finished first in the 1-meter at the Pac-12 championships and ultimately was tabbed an all-American in the event after finishing fifth at NCAA’s
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