August 14, 2017
Blank Places Eighth At Junior Nationals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Rising Florida State sophomore Nika Blank closed out the summer with an eighth place finish in the 50m free at the 2017 Speedo Junior National Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center on Saturday.

Blank posted a time of 25.80 in prelims, earning the fifth seed for finals.  At night, Blank swam a time of 25.98, finishing eighth.

Earlier in the meet, Blank competed in the 100m free, touching with a time of 57.71 for 38th place.

Mulka Competes at National Championships

Rising senior dive Blaire Mulka competed in the springboard events at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships in Columbus, Ohio at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.

Mulka opened with a 16th place finish on 1-meter on Aug. 8 with a score of 213.90 after five dives. Her forward 2 ½ somersault pike in the second round tallied 49.40 points, which was the second highest dive of the round.

The Boca Raton, Fla., native went on to compete 3-meter on Thursday, scoring 217.95, finishing 22nd.

Sankovich Closes Out World Cup with Another Gold

Fresh off his seventh place finish in the 50m back at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, former FSU standout Pavel Sankovich collected three medals from the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup series.

He first won the gold medal in the 50m back at the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Moscow (Aug. 2-3) with a time of 23.20.  He continued on, winning bronze in the 100m back at the next World Cup stop in Berlin, Germany (Aug. 6-7) with a time of 50.70.

Finally, Sankovich added his second gold in the 50m back on the circuit, touching with a time of 22.84 at the Eindhoven, Netherlands (Aug. 11-12) stop. He also added a fourth place finish in the 100m back (50.49) and took eighth in the 100m IM (55.05).

The World Cup will continue on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Hong Kong, China.



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