November 18, 2021
Kucheran Breaks 200 IM School Record

Atlanta, Ga.  –  The No. 19/RV Florida State swimming and diving teams opened the Georgia Tech Invite with an NCAA qualifying standard and a school record-setting performance on Thursday night at the McAuley Aquatics Center.

Nina Kucheran set the FSU record in the 200 IM with a personal best time of 1:57.56, finishing third. The Sudbury, Ontario, native took down McKayla Lightbourn’s mark (1:58.11) that was set back in 2014. Her swim was also an NCAA provisional time.

Kucheran set her second school record, as she holds the 200 breast record at 2:08.78, which was set at the 2019 ACC Championships.

The 19th-ranked men’s team officially qualified for the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in March after posting an NCAA automatic time standard of 1:16.96 in the 200 free relay behind Peter Varjasi, Mason Herbet, Jakub Ksiazek and Max McCusker. The team earned silver.

The Seminoles also earned a provisional time in the 400 medley relay, finishing third with the team of Herbet, Izaak Bastian, McCusker and Varjasi turned in a time of 3:06.81.

“We had some incredible swims tonight,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We do need to wake up in the morning and bring that same intensity. Nina had an amazing day. Anytime you break a school record, that’s special and of course the men getting relays into NCAAs is huge.”

The women’s team started the night by taking bronze in the 200 free relay behind Zsofia Kurdi, Maddie McDonald, Hannah Womer and Rebecca Moynihan with a time of 1:30.00.

Emily Trieschmann was the highest finisher for the Noles in the 500 free, touching 19th with a final time of 4:54.11 after posting a 4:53.85 in prelims.

In addition to Kucheran, Womer competed in the top heat of the 200 IM, finishing eighth with a time of 1:59.77.

Moynihan won bronze in the 50 free, touching with a time of 22.43, which was just off her personal best (22.38).

Yordan Yanchev led the way for the Noles in the men’s 500 free, tying for seventh behind a NCAA ‘B’ standard of 4:19.15.

Herbet established a new personal best in the 200 IM, touching with a time of 1:44.87 for fourth place. His time still ranks as the third-fastest in school history. His swim was an NCAA provisional time.

The Seminoles showed their depth in the 50 free by putting four swimmers in the top heat.

McCusker led the way, finishing fourth at 19.41 after swimming his best time in prelims of 19.35.

Ian Cooper followed in fifth (19.55) with his best time, Jakub Ksaizek was sixth (19.57) and Varjasi took eighth (19.68). All four swims were NCAA ‘B’ standards

On the boards, the Seminoles had two in the finals of both events.

The women were paced by Samantha Vear, who finished fourth on 1-meter with a final total of 282.95, followed by Isabel Gregersen in 10th (248.40).

Jesco Helling placed fourth on 3-meter, scoring 353.80 ahead of Darwin Nolasco in sixth at 344.85.

“I thought we had a good first day,” FSU head coach John Proctor said. “This is our first big meet as a team and our student-athletes are excited to be here and have the opportunity to compete against some of the best divers in our zone. I like where we are for this time in the season and we’re pumped to come back and do it all again tomorrow.”

Friday’s events are the 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. with the top 30 advancing to finals.

The women are in fourth place with a total of 213 behind No.9 Georgia (393), No. 8 Florida (348) and No. 15 Auburn (273). The men are in third with a total of 271.5, trailing No. 5 Florida (452.5) and No. 20 Auburn (297).

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