TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams brought home four wins on Saturday, defeating West Florida, North Florida, and Florida Southern on Saturday at the Morcom Aquatics Center in front of an energetic crowd on Youth Day.
The women took home three victories on the day, moving to 3-4 on the year with scores of, 187-101.00 (UWF), 187.00-95.00 (UNF) and 186.00-91.00 (FSC). The 21st-ranked men (3-2) defeated Florida Southern College 176.00-84, behind 12 event victories.
“We had some great swims today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We got to see some new kids step up and some others compete in their third or fourth events and they all competed very well. It was great to perform well in front of a bunch of young swimmers.”
The Florida State women secured 11 event wins that were mostly by freshmen.
The Seminoles opened with a win in the 200 medley relay, behind freshmen Ana Zortea and Bella English along with senior Natalie Pierce and junior McKenna Keith with a time of 1:44.90.
Freshman Kathryn Petrone picked up a win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:20.83. The Seminoles swept the 100 back behind four rookies, led by Emma Terebo (56.55) followed by Kara Couglin in second (58.93), Hailey Ladd in third (59.25) and Madison Holland in fourth (59.46).
Terebo was also second in the 50 free (23.41) behind senior Alexi Smith (23.27).
Freshman Madeline Cohen provided a spark for the Noles behind an excellent performance, securing the 100 free win (51.62) after placing second in the 200 free (1:53.05) behind junior Alex Wittman (1:52.56).
Zortea showed her versatility and squeezed out a victory over junior McKenna Harris (1:04.82) by almost one second in the 100 breast, posting a time of 1:04.00. English completed the sweep at 1:05.31. Zortea also turned in the top time in the 200 breast (2:20.22).
In addition, freshman Madi Tyle won her first collegiate race, touching with a time of 2:04.61 ahead of junior Meg Brown in second (2:05.8) in the 200 fly.
Newcomer Mykala Arnold also contributed her first win in the Garnet and Gold, taking the 200 back at 2:04.64. She was also second in the 100 IM (1:01.35) behind sophomore Elizabeth Zubero (58.56).
On the boards the Seminoles were dominant, led by senior Blaire Mulka, who swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions, posting scores of 297.83 and 311.03 respectively.
The men’s team also started the day off winning the opening relay behind junior Emir Muratovic, junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha, senior Jacob Urbano, and senior Chad Mylin won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:29.54.
Freshman Patrick Butkovich saw his first action of the season and started off the individual races strong, winning the 1000 free in a time of 9:24.99.
Senior Connor Kalisz enjoyed a successful day by winning the 100 back (49.28) and 200 back (1:48.20) while Kaleoaloha followed with a victory in the 100 breast (56.47).
The Seminoles exercised their depth in the 50 free, sweeping the event led by freshman Oszkar Lavotha (21.06) while sophomore Rudo Loock (21.10) followed in second, sophomore John Mataxas (21.28) placed third and freshman Gavin Jones (21.38) was fourth.
Sophomore Alex Cronin secured a victory in the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.55 while his classmate Keagan Finley took home the 500 free, touching at 4:38.01.
Mataxas led the Noles in the 100 fly, winning with a time of 49.56 ahead of sophomores Griffin Alaniz in second (49.74) and Felipe Ribeiro de Souza in third (50.16).
Loock (50.65), junior Will Pisani (50.92), Kaleoaloha (51.43) and Lavotha (53.21) teamed up to sweep the 100 IM to close out the individual events of the meet.
The Seminoles competed in 3-meter diving as exhibition. Senior Tyler Roberge scored his highest tally of the season on 3-meter at 393.60 ahead of sophomore Cameron Thatcher at 375.30.
Florida State will return to action Nov. 16-18 at the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta, Ga.
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