TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team learned it will be represented by five swimmers individually at the 2019 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. The meet will take place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center from March 27-30.
Between the lanes, the Seminoles will be represented by junior Griffin Alaniz, seniors Kanoa Kaleoaloha, Emir Muratovic and Will Pisani along with junior Max Polianksi. Kaleoaloha, Pisani and Polianski will be competing individually in their second NCAAs, while Alaniz and Muratovic will race in their first.
“We’re delighted we got all five swimmers in that we were hoping for,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It’s a bit special that we qualified all five relays with automatic times. I think that says a lot about our team and its depth.”
The Seminoles will also be seeded high in all five relays after earning automatic qualifying times at the ACC Championships for the first time since the NCAA relay selection process was revised.
On Tuesday, sophomore Joshua Davidson secured the final NCAA qualifying spot on 1-meter at the Zone B Championships. He will represent the Garnet and Gold for the second time at NCAAs in both springboard events.
Pisani and Kaleoaloha were selected to swim in the 50 and 100 free in addition to the 100 fly. Pisani (19.17) is seeded ninth in the 50 free and 13th in the 100 free, while Kaleoaloha is ranked third in the 100 fly (44.93), 18th in the 50 free (19.25) and 21st in the 100 free (42.34).
Polianski will be seeded 26th in the 200 fly (1:42.09), Alaniz is ranked 28th in the 200 back (1:41.29) and Muratovic is 26th (42.46) in the 100 free.
Polianski can exercise his option to compete in the 200 IM (1:45.66) and 400 IM (3:48.29), while Alaniz can also race in the 100 back (46.49) and 50 free (19.62). Muratovic can also compete in the 50 free (19.59) and 100 back (46.22).
The Seminoles will look to score big points off its relays as the No. 2 seed in the 200 free relay (1:15.81) and No. 4 seed in the 400 free relay (2:48.51). FSU is also ranked in scoring position in the medleys, seeded 10th in the 200 medley relay (1:23.63) and 15th in the 400 medley relay (3:05.50).
The 800 free relay will kick off the meet on March 27th seeded 17th (6:18.35).
Freshmen Izaak Bastian and Jakub Ksiazek along with junior Rudo Loock and Vladimir Stefanik will make the trip as relay swimmers.
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