October 14, 2017
Another Pool Record Highlights Final Day of ACC Battle

DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams set two pool records this weekend at the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion at Duke University while facing the Blue Devils and Virginia Tech.

“We had some good swims this weekend,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was especially fun to take down two pool records at a venue where a lot of good teams compete.”

After the women’s 400 medley relay set a new record on Friday, Saturday’s session was capped off with a pool record by the men’s 400 free relay with the team of junior Kanoa Kalealoha, sophomores Vladimir Stefanik and Felipe Ribeiro de Souza along with junior Emir Muratovic at 2:58.25.

Once again, sophomore Ayla Bonniwell was victorious, this time winning 1-meter with a score of 284.40, over 13 points ahead of the second place finisher.

Senior Natalie Pierce also won her second individual on the weekend, holding on to win the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.80.

The Seminoles got a huge boost from the men’s 100 fly with a sweep led by Kaleoaloha at 47.53, lowering his career best he set last week. Stefanik came in second clocking 49.43 and junior Will Pisani finished third at 49.88.

Senior Chad Mylin picked up his second win in the 50 free this season, touching at 20.12.

The men’s team moves to 2-1 on the year after defeating Duke 208-145, while suffering the loss to No.19 Virginia Tech 194.50-158.50. The women (0-3) fell to both Virginia Tech (223.50-129.50), and No. 20 Duke (192.50-160.50).

“We have a few things to work on,” Studd said, “We need to be better after we travel, but the kids fought hard and had an awesome team spirit.”

The women also had top performances from senior Alexi Smith in the 50 free as she took second in the with a time of 23.29. Also, rookie Madeline Cohen finished third in the 100 back at 55.26.

Both women’s relays placed second, starting with the 200 medley at 1:41.66 before closing out the weekend with the 400 free relay at 3:24.84.

The men had three second place finishers, as senior Connor Kalisz was the runner up in the 100 back at 49.26 and freshman Ryan Telford followed in the 200 breast at 2:02.80.

Sophomore Rudo Loock and  Ribeiro de Souza were second and third respectively in the 200 free, touching with times of 1:39.03 and 1:39.62.

On the boards, senior Tyler Roberge led the Noles, scoring a total of 350.20.

Florida State will be on the road to face Arizona State at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28.

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