January 26, 2021 - by

Davidson Named ACC Diver of the Week Prior to Tri-Meet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State diver Joshua Davidson was named the ACC Diver of the Week by the conference on Tuesday, following his performance at 22nd-ranked Auburn.

The senior from Tomball, Texas placed first on both the 1-meter (327.15) and 3-meter (377.70), helping the Seminoles win 12 straight events in the 180-120 win over the Tigers.

The victory was also the first over Auburn in program history, snapping an 18-meet losing streak that began on Feb. 2, 1975.  It was also the first ranked win since the Noles defeated No. 21 Minnesota 179-121 on Oct. 7. 2017.

Davidson takes home his second ACC Male Diver of the Week honor this season, tallying six for his career.

“Josh had done a great job this season,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “He’s really stepped up into that leadership role and at Auburn, he was clutch whenever his teammates needed it. He deserves this award and I’m very proud of him.”

 

CSCAA Scholar All-America

Florida State was recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-America Team for both men and women for the Fall of 2020.

The women’s team posted a team GPA of 3.68, which was the highest GPA in the ACC. The men had a 3.41, which was second in the league behind Duke.

More than 450 institutions were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s Scholar All-America team for their grades during the Fall 2020 semester.

The women’s team has been recognized every semester as CSCAA Scholar All-Americans since the Fall of 2016, marking nine straight, while the men picked up their fourth-straight honor.

 

Next Up

The No. 15/21 Florida State swimming and diving teams will host the University of Tampa and the University of North Florida on Wednesday at the Morcom Aquatic Center at 2 p.m. The women will be competing against both Tampa and UNF, while the men will just be competing against Tampa.

This will be the Seminoles’ last competition before heading to Greensboro, N.C. for the ACC Championship meet next month.

“We are looking forward to a final tune-up meet before championship season,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “This is a good opportunity for our athletes to work in details that will be so important for success in February and March.”

 

The Meet

The meet will only feature swimming events in the 16-event format, including the 100s and 200s of each stroke in addition to the 50 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 200 IM, and the 200 medley and free relays.

No spectators will be permitted at the meet; however, live timing will be available.

 

The Series

The 15th-ranked Florida State men’s swimming team is 7-1 all-time against the University of Tampa, while the 21st-ranked women’s team for FSU is 7-0 all-time against Tampa.

The women’s team is also 9-0 all-time against the University of North Florida.

The last time the FSU faced Tampa was Feb. 2, 1991, where the men’s team won, 54-23, and the women’s team won, 47-39, over the Spartans. The FSU women’s team also faced UNF this past season and won, 260-47, against the Ospreys.

 

Last Time Out

The men’s team (5-0, 1-0) beat 23rd-ranked Auburn on the road, 180-120, winning 13 of the 16 total events to remain unbeaten on the season.

Sophomore Nick Vance won a team-high three events at the meet, taking first place in the 200 fly (1:47.92), 200 back (1:47.76), and 400 IM (3:53.60).

Juniors Izaak Bastian and Max McCusker both had two individual victories each, with Bastian winning the 100 breast (54.56) and 200 breast (2:00.13), while McCusker won the 100 free (44.40) and 100 fly (48.11). Bastian and McCusker were also part of the 200 medley relay team that finished in first place at 1:28.08.

The women’s team (2-2-1, 0-1) suffered their second loss of the season to 23rd-ranked Auburn, 114-186, as they only won six of the 16 total events.

Freshman Samantha Vear led the Noles with two wins on the springboards, taking home first in both the 1-meter (300.90) and 3-meter (312.75) dives.

Senior Rebecca Moynihan and freshman Jenny Halden both had an individual win paired with a team win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:22.47). Moynihan won the 50 free at 23.27, while Halden won the 100 fly at 52.66, which was her personal best and fifth fastest in school history.

 

On the Spartans/Ospreys

This will be the University of Tampa’s first meet of this season. The Spartans men’s team went 8-0 last season and won the SSC Championship, along with placing 19th in the NCAA D-II Championship meet.

The women’s team for Tampa went 6-2 last season, placed second in the SSC Championship meet, and finished eighth in the NCAA D-II Championship meet.

The University of North Florida women are 0-3 to start their season, with losses to Florida Gulf Coast, Florida, and Georgia Southern. They placed fifth in the CCSA Championship meet last season.

 

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