GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 15/20 Florida State swimming and diving teams fell short at the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown meet against the No. 9/1 Florida on Friday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The men (3-2, 2-1 ACC) suffered a 188-107 loss and the women (2-3, 1- 2 ACC) fell 195-104.
“We did some good things and had some great performances today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We just fell to a very good team.”
Sophomore Nina Kucheran was the winner in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.93, which was a near three-second win. The divers were led by senior Ayla Bonniwell (301.35) and junior Joshua Davidson (363.68), who both took first on 1-meter.
The diving squad kicked off the men’s meet by competing on 3-meter, as senior Cam Thatcher finished in second place, just .45 points short of a victory with a total of 366.60. Davidson followed in third (356.03) and senior Aidan Faminoff added fourth place points with a total of 336.00.
The Seminoles were dominant later on 1-meter after the second break with a one-two-three finish led by Davidson with his season best score, Faminoff (318.08), and Thatcher (313.95).
Freshman Mohamed Ghaffari battled in a tight race in the 200 free and finished in second with a time of 1:38.77. He later turned in his season best swim in the 500 free for a close second place finish at 4:27.53, taking two-seconds off his previous best that was set against Minnesota (4:29.93)
Senior Vladimir Stefanik led the Noles with a time of 45.50 in the 100 free for second place and Francesco Peron and sophomore Kuba Ksiazek (45.74) tied for third.
In the 100 fly, sophomore Max McCusker timed in at 48.81 for his season best, edging his prior high of 48.83 by .02.
Over at the women’s meet, the Seminoles took first on 1-meter to start the afternoon led by Bonniwell, outlasting Gators’ diver Ashley McCool for the victory by .45 with a score of 301.35. Senior Molly Carlson placed third adding 291.53 points.
Kucheran led the Noles to a two-three-four finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.05, freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren followed at 2:22.18, with junior Kile Carriger clocking in 2:23.04 for fourth. Kucheran was also second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.91.
Sophomore Hannah Womer clocked in at 2:01.94 for second in the 200 fly and junior Emma Terebo followed with a second place finish in the 50 free at 23.20, just shy of her season best of 23.19 achieved against Minnesota.
In the 200 back, sophomore Madeleine McDonald took second with a 2:02.62 and sophomore Aryanna Fernandes added a runner-up in the 100 fly with a mark of 54.83 and Womer followed third at 55.51.
The Seminoles look to rebound Saturday as they return home to host Florida Southern, West Florida, and North Florida in the third annual quad meet at 1 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
Florida Southern will field both a men’s and women’s team, while West Florida and North Florida will only compete in the women’s meet.
Saturday’s meet has been designated as the annual FSU Kids Club Day and FSU’s Gold Letter Meet by SAAC.
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