February 26, 2018
ACC Swimming & Diving Recap


Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams closed out the ACC Championships that were held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Saturday.

After 10 days of competition over two weeks, the Seminoles had two champions crowned, earned three relay medals and four school records.


Week One, Women’s Swimming & Diving and Men’s Diving:

  • FSU had two champions at the meet – senior Natalie Pierce (59.71) in the 100 breast and senior Blaire Mulka on 1-meter diving (317.50).
  • Mulka’s 1-meter win was the third in the last four ACC Meets (2015 – Katrina Young, 2017 – Ayla Bonniwell).
  • Pierce became FSU’s 10th ACC Champ in the 100 breast and first since 2007.
  • Pierce set a new school record in the 200 breast at 2:09.05 and won silver.
  • Senior Tayla Lovemore won bronze in the 100 fly at 51.85 after turning in the top time in prelims at 51.68.
  • Mulka, Molly Carlson and Ayla Bonniwell tallied the second highest total of the meet, scoring 135 points between 1-meter, 3-meter and platform diving.
  • Carlson and Bonniwell competed in the 3-meter final. Carlson won bronze with a score of 330.95 and Bonniwell followed in fourth at 314.95.
  • The team of Madeline Cohen, Pierce, Lovemore and Emma Terebo set a new FSU record in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:32.80, winning the bronze.
  • FSU had 32 scoring performances from the women’s team, while all four men’s divers contributed 12 scoring performances.
  • The Seminoles had 14 swims that made it into the FSU all-time top 10 list.
  • FSU placed eighth with a total of 578.5, scoring 121 more points than the 2017 meet.
  • In men’s diving, freshman Joshua Davidson won two medals over the weekend, talking silver on 3-meter (415.40) and bronze on 1-meter (368.20). He became the first Nole to medal in a pair of diving events since Landon Marzullo won a pair of silvers in 2011.
  • Behind Davidson and sophomores Cameron Thatcher and Aidan Faminoff the Seminoles had three in the final of 1-meter, marking the first time three Noles competed in a springboard final since 2012. Faminoff ended the meet with bronze on platform, scoring 333.65.
  • Thatcher contributed a pair of fifth place finishes in the springboard events. He scored 367.90 on 3-meter and 347.00 on 1-meter.
  • The men scored the second highest total of 195 points behind Duke, who had 212.

Week Two, Men’s Swimming

  • The Seminoles set three new relay records at the ACC Championships, erasing two that were set back in 2009 and 2012.
  • The team of sophomores Rudo Loock, Felipe Ribeiro de Souza, Vladimir Stefanik and junior Will Pisani swam almost three seconds faster than the previous mark (6:25.11) set back in 2009. The four placed eighth in the race despite seeing over a three-second drop from 2017.
  • FSU won silver in the 200 free relay behind Pisani, seniors Chad Mylin and Joe Plechy along with junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha in school-record timing of 1:16.30. The squad replaced the mark that was set back in 2012 behind Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber.
  • Florida State added its final record of the meet and second silver in the 400 free relay with junior Emir Muratovic, Ribeiro de Souza, Pisani and Kalealoha with a time of 2:50.63. The Seminoles lowered their record that was set back in November at 2:51.27.
  • The No. 20 Seminoles tallied a total of 828.5, which was 98.50 scored more points than the 2017 meet, but for the second straight season finish fifth. FSU was behind No.5 NC State, No. 15 Louisville, No. 23 Virginia and No. 19 Notre Dame.
  • Pisani led the way, competing in his first two career ACC ‘A’ finals. In the 50 free, Pisani swam a new personal best at 19.28 in prelims before tying for fifth at 19.35 in finals. Pisani was also fifth in the 100 free after swimming a new best time of 42.72 – which is the second fastest time in school history behind Paul Murray (42.59 -2014).
  • Mylin competed in his third career ACC Championship heat of the 50 free. He placed eighth at 19.43.
  • Muratovic, Ribeiro de Souza and sophomore Max Polianski all raced in their first ACC ‘A’ finals.
  • Muratovic finished eighth at 43.29 in the 100 free after posting his personal best in prelims of 43.08.
  • Polianksi was seventh in the 200 IM at 1:45.59 after swimming a best time in prelims of 1:45.12. He also swam a time trial of the 100 fly, touching at 1:42.44, which was the third fastest swim in FSU history. He also finished 16th in the 400 IM (3:51.08) and 10th in the 100 fly (1:44.11).
  • Ribeiro de Souza was just off of the school record in the 200 free that was set in 2014 by Kevin Rogers (1:34.52). He placed fourth at 1:34.91 after posting his best in prelims of 1:34.65.
  • The Seminoles had 36 scoring swims.
  • Pisani, Polianski, Kaleoaloha and senior Connor Kalisz scored in all three of their individual events. Among the ACC team, all but one swimmer scored in at least one event.
  • FSU had 16 swims that made the FSU all-time top 10 list.

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