GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 14 FSU men’s swimming and diving team will be paced by 10 individual swims on Thursday night in finals at the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
FSU had the most swimmers advance to finals in the 50 free, qualifying six. Freshman Peter Varjasi will compete in his first ACC championship final after qualifying tied for sixth at 19.52.
Senior Griffin Alaniz (19.57), sophomore Jakub Ksiazek (19.70) and freshman Ian Cooper (19.71) will compete in the B final after placing tied for ninth, 13th and 14th, respectively. Both Alaniz and Cooper clocked career best times.
Senior Vladimir Stefanik tied for 19th at 19.84 with a personal best and sophomore Max McCusker took 22nd at 19.88. Both Noles will compete in the bonus final.
The Seminoles qualified three back in finals of the 200 IM, led by senior Max Polianski in 10th at 1:45.57, followed by his classmate Rudo Loock in 15th at 1:46.38, which was a personal best. The performance for Loock moves him up to sixth on the FSU all-time top 10 list. Both will compete in the consolation heat.
Freshman Balazs Berecz clocked a 1:46.79, which was his personal best as well, moving him up to eighth all-time. He placed 20th and will compete in the bonus heat.
Freshman Aziz Ghaffari will represent the Noles in the bonus heat of the 500 free, after swimming a time of 4:20.38 in prelims.
The Seminoles will also look to defend their title in the 200 free relay to close out the session.
Finals will start at 6 p.m., which will air on the ACC Network Extra with Dave Armstrong and legendary swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines on the call.
Prelims – 10 a.m.
500 free, 200 IM, 50 free
Finals – 6 p.m.
500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay