November 24, 2019

Alaniz, 400 Free Relay Claim Gold as No. 17 FSU Wins GT Invite

ATLANTA –  The No. 17 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team brought home two wins on the final night of the Georgia Tech Invite, claiming the team title for the second time in three seasons with a total of 983.50.

Alaniz won the 200 back by over one second with a time of 1:41.84, which was just off his personal best of 1:41.29 that ranks second in school history.

The men later capped off the meet with a first place finish in the 400 free relay behind freshman Peter Varjasi, sophomores Jakub Ksiazek, Max McCusker and senior Vladimir Stefanik with a time of 2:52.16, which is an NCAA B standard.

“It was another great day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was awesome for our men to win the whole thing over some good teams. We had some great swims across the board and just had an amazing team spirit all weekend.”

Sophomore John Yambor-Maul led the Noles in the 1650 free, touching with a time of 15:37.86 for 15th place.

Both sophomore Jackson Lucas (1:44.04) and freshman Nick Vance (1:45.02), joined Alaniz in the top heat of the 200 back and earned career best times, touching in fourth and sixth place respectively. Lucas now ranks eighth in FSU history and Vance is 10th.

The Seminoles had four swimmers in the top heat of the 100 free, led by Varjasi who took bronze at 42.86 followed by Ksiazek (43.20) in fourth and McCusker (43.28). Varjasi posted the fifth fastest time in FSU history, while McCusker captured the 10th.

Sophomore Izaak Bastian swam his career best time in the 200 breast, touching at 1:56.23 for bronze. Bastian now ranks third on the FSU all-time top 10 list.

Freshman Maurice Ingenrieth captured silver in the 200 fly at 1:45.83, which is now the fifth fastest time in school history. Senior Max Poliankski followed with bronze at 1:46.16.

The women made a move on the final day to finish in fourth place with a score of 561.50.

The Seminoles were led by sophomore Stephanie Holmes in the 1650 free, as she took ninth with a time of 16:41.51 ahead of her classmate Maggie Emary in 11th place at 16:49.51.

Sophomore Maddie McDonald touched in eighth place in the 200 back (1:56.65) followed by Madeline Cohen (1:57.14) in ninth, which were both season best swims.

In the 200 free, the women had three swimmers under the 50-second barrier, led by junior Emma Terebo (49.12) in 11th place. Freshman Tania Quaglieri (49.74) took 21st and sophomore Kertu Alnek (49.87) was 22nd.

Sophomore Nina Kucheran finished in third place in the 200 breast, with a season best of 2:11.41.Her classmate, Katherine Baker won the ‘B” final of the 200 breast, clocking her career best at 2:13.88, which ranks as the 10th fastest swim in school history. Freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren followed in 12th place with a time of 2:14.35.

Sophomore Aryanna Fernandes clocked her personal best time in the 200 fly, winning bronze at 1:57.22. The performance now ranks third in FSU history.

The Seminoles closed out the meet with a fourth place finish in the 400 free relay behind Terebo, Quaglieri, Alnek and Fernandes with a time of 3:18.17.

House of Champions Invite

Indianapolis, Ind. –  The Florida State divers took home a silver and two bronze medals on the final day of the House of Champion Invite in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Today was another great day,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “We’ve implemented a slower progression this season which seems to be working. Any time you make a change like that it can make you worry a bit. These guys have been very diligent and have worked hard and I’m proud of them. They’ve earned this little break coming up. I really feel like they are set up for the second half of the year now.”

Junior Joshua Davidson led the men on 1-meter, winning silver with a score of 355.35 ahead of senior Cam Thatcher (336.45) who took bronze.

All six of Davidson’s dives at finals scored above 50 points, including a front 3 ½ somersault tuck that tallied 72 points, scoring 8.0’s from the judges. Thatcher had his season best score, even with a miss on his first dive. Thatcher saved his best for last, tallying 67.50 on his front 3 1/2 somersault tuck, that received 7.5’s.

Senior Aidan Faminoff was also in the final round after scoring 278.95 in prelims. He finished eighth with a total of 261.35.

The women’s competed on 3-meter and were led by senior Molly Carlson in third place with a total of 340.15, followed by her classmate Ayla Bonniwell in fourth at 328.55.

Carlson scored five of her six dives above 50 points in finals, including a 64.50-scoring front 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike, which was the highest score of the round. Bonniwell also had five dives that scored above 50 points and she save her best for last, scoring 61.60 on her back 1 ½ somersault with 2 ½ free twists.



  • The men finished ahead of Utah (893.5), North Carolina (759), RV Georgia Tech (714), No. 6 Florida (674.5), RV Alabama (660) among others
  • The women’s team finished behind No. 1 Florida (1,211), No. 23 North Carolina (1,051.5), RV Alabama (934) and ahead of Georgia Tech (527), South Carolina (521), Utah (366) among others
  • FSU had eight performances that made the FSU all-time top 10 list



  • Men’s 200 free all-time top 10 ranks: 1. Ksiazek (1:33.89), 4. Varjasi (1:34.78), 5. Ghaffari (1:34.79), 7. Stefanik (1:35.22), 8. Loock (1:35.22)
  • Both 200 medley relays posted NCAA B standards
  • The Noles had 45 individual second swims


  • The FSU men had six swimmers under 20 seconds in the 50 free. Ksiazek (19.30), Varjasi (19.45), McCusker (19.72), Alaniz (19.81), Ian Cooper (19.99), Bastian (19.93)
  • Varjasi made the FSU All-Time Top 10 in seventh (1:47.09) in the 200 IM and 10th as the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay at 19.45.
  • In prelims of the women’s 50 free, Alnek, Quaglieri and Moynihan all tied with a time of 23.13.
  • The Noles earned 31 combined second swims over three individual events.
  • The men had nine in the ‘A’ finals including Ghaffari as the top seed in the 500 free


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