GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 15 Florida State swimming and diving team was paced by two championship finalists and a school-record setting swim on the third day of the 2021 Men’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.
Junior Izaak Bastian set a school record in the 100 breast at 51.84. Sophomore Peter Varjasi placed seventh in the 200 free and freshman Mason Herbet touched fifth in the 100 back.
“We had a great night,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Most of the guys stepped up and went faster tonight. Izaak was on point. He hit everything perfect and just crushed his best for a new school record and NCAA invite time. I’m so happy for him. He’s a great guy and just works hard all the time.”
In prelims, Bastian ended up in ninth place with a time of 52.54, which was slightly off his career best of 52.36. At night, Bastian looked strong, leading wire-to-wire, touching for the consolation heat win at 51.84, just off the NCAA automatic time (51.67).
Bastian became the only Seminole in history under the 52-second barrier, surpassing the mark set by Jason Coombs back in 2015 at 52.11.
Seeded 14th heading into the meet, Varjasi dropped 1.09 seconds from his entry time in prelims (1:34.90) in order to qualify in seventh for his first-career championship final in the 200 free.
Working from lane one at finals, the German flashed his speed early and held his place, touching seventh at 1:34.32.
Herbet swam the third fastest time in FSU history to advance to the ‘A’ final in fifth place at 45.93. At night, Herbet was slightly off that mark, touching at 46.10 for fifth.
“Mason had an awesome day,” Studd added. “Sub-46 in the 100 back is another NCAA invite time. What a year he has had and he’s made such a huge impact.”
In addition to Varjasi and Herbet, the Seminoles had nine swimmers competing at finals.
McCusker was the top seed in the consolation heat after posting a 46.22 in prelims. At night, he matched his personal best of 45.97, which ranks fifth in school history, placing 10th overall.
Sophomore Nick Vance moved up in the consolation heat to finish third at 3:47.54 for 11th overall.
Freshmen Yordan Yanchev and David Quirie competed in the bonus heat of the 200 free. Quirie swam a personal best in the morning of 1:36.58, while Yanchev was just off his best (1:35.35) at 1:36.39.
Yanchev went out fast, turning at 46.16 with a commanding lead. The Bulgarian held on to win the heat with a new best time of 1:35.25, while Quire had a big final turn and surged to the finish to claim second at 1:35.44.
Yanchev still ranks eighth in school history, while Quirie climbed to ninth.
Senior Jackson Lucas posted his lifetime best swim in prelims of the 100 back to qualify 10th at 46.77, which ranks sixth in FSU history.
FSU ended the night by taking sixth place in the 400 medley relay behind Herbet, Bastian, McCusker and Varjasi with a time of 3:08.21.
Through 14 events, the Seminoles remain in sixth place with a tally of 502 points, trailing closely behind No. 18 North Carolina (545).
“Tomorrow is a big day for us,” Studd said. “We have to fight hard and finish off a great week.”
Saturday’s prelims will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. Timed finals of the 1650 free will start before finals at 6 p.m.
The meet will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and live timing will be available through meet mobile.
No spectators will be allowed at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
The men’s diving portion of the event took place last week, with the Seminoles scoring 110 points, which is the fifth-highest total in the meet.
ACC Network Extra Schedule
Saturday (10 am – 9 pm) – https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=25a9d9f0-fe4b-48ee-93b2-9d05f3c39bb8
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