February 21, 2020
Career Performances Ignite Noles on Day Three of #ACCSD

GREENSBORO, N.C. –  The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team was powered by career best performances on the third day of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

“Tonight we really caught fire,” FSU head coach Neal Stud said. “Almost all of our swims that came back went faster. It was just an awesome evening and it was a lot of fun.”

The Seminoles had nine individual swims on the night, claiming two consolation heat victories behind freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren and sophomore Nina Kucheran.

VanOvermeiren posted a season best in prelims in the 400 IM at 4:14.44 to earn a spot in the B final in 11th place.

At night, VanOvermeiren took the lead during the 100 breast leg and finished strong with a best time by two seconds at 4:10.39 (NCAA B) to win the heat. The time was the third fastest in school history and just shy of the 2019 NCAA invited time (4:10.00).

Nina Kucheran

Kucheran qualified in ninth place out of prelims in the 100 breast at 1:00.76 and held her place in finals with a time of 1:00.68.

The session started with sophomore Aryanna Fernandes clocking a time of 52.83 in the 100 fly, and senior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp touched at 53.76 for 21st place. Both swims were NCAA B times.

Sophomore Hannah Womer joined VanOvermeiren in the final of the 400 IM after touching in 19th place with a career best time of 4:19.30 in prelims. Womer swam faster at night, clocking 4:18.05 for 21st.

In the 200 free, sophomore Kertu Alnek put up her best time at 1:47.27 for second place in the C final and 18th overall. The swim was the seventh fastest in FSU history.

Kertu Alnek

In the 200 free, sophomore Kertu Alnek put up her best time at 1:47.27 for second place in the C final and 18th overall. The swim was the seventh fastest in FSU history.

Florida State had a solid showing in the 100 back, qualifying four swimmers for finals with NCAA B standards, two in the consolation heat and two in the bonus final.

Junior Emma Terebo was in a close race in the consol heat and finished second for 10th overall with a time of 52.79, which was a career best, keeping her in fifth on the FSU all-time top 10 list. Sophomore Madeleine McDonald tied for 14th at 53.42 after swimming a season best in prelims at 53.39.

In the bonus heat, junior Madeline Cohen led Noles in second (53.44) and 18th overall, just ahead of her classmate Ana Zortea in 19th with a personal best of 53.64, moving her up to ninth all-time.


The Seminoles closed out the night with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay behind Terebo, Kucheran, Fernandes and Alnek with a time of 3:33.11, which is an NCAA consideration time.

With one day to go, the (RV) Seminoles are in seventh place (417) just behind No. 9 Duke (462.5).

Senior Aidan Faminoff finished in ninth place in prelims of the men’s platform with a total of 278.10 just ahead of his classmate Cam Thatcher in 10th place at 274.20.  With those performances added to the team total, the No. 14 Seminoles will have 127 points added for next week’s men’s swimming competition, which only trailed Miami.

After winning silver on 3-meter last night, senior Ayla Bonniwell was chosen as one of the 48 recipients for the 2020 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award, which was announced by the league on Friday.


The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

Thatcher was selected as an honorary award recipient.

Saturday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and women’s platform.


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Prelims: 10 a.m. – 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly • Women’s platform, 1650 free

Finals – 6 p.m. – 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, women’s platform, 400 free relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=62556353-fac7-4357-9020-e755a8014722

Other links:

Live Timing: https://theacc.co/wsd20results

Live Scoring: https://theacc.co/wsd20results1

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