TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior Max McCusker took home the gold medal in the 100m free at the Irish National Championships at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Saturday.
McCusker went into the meet seeded eighth at 51.17. In prelims on April 23, he improved his best time to 50.10 before breaking the 50-second barrier in semifinals, touching at 49.78 for third place.
In finals on April 24, McCusker went for the lead and turned second at the 50m mark. Down the stretch, the field tightened, but McCusker pulled out the victory in the final five meters, touching at 49.51.
Both of his semifinal and final performances were FINA B standards, which are considered for the Olympic Games.
McCusker also placed fifth in the 200m free (1:51.13) and won silver in the 50m free (22.95).
Other swimmers with ties to Florida State have also competed at international meets that serve as qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Alumni Jared Pike (2012-13) and Tayla Lovemore (2016-18) competed at the 2021 South African Olympic Trials in Durban from April 7-11.
Lovemore won bronze in both the 50m fly (27.01) and 100m fly (1:00.36). She also placed 16th in the 100m free (59.33).
Pike took home the silver medal in the 50m breast (28.22) and bronze in the 100m breast (1:02.91). He also placed eighth in the 200m breast (2:21.81).
Former Seminole Ida Hulkko represented Finland at the Stockholm Open from April 8-11. Hulkko won silver in the 50m breast (30.78) and bronze in the 100m breast (1:06.88), which was a FINA A standard.
Hulkko also raced in the 50m fly (17. 28.02) and 50m free (21. 26.71).
Signee Gloria Muzito also raced in the Stockholm Open, touching in 15th place in the 50m free (25.99), 21st in the 100m free (57.13) and 22nd in the 50m fly (28.84).
“We’re really excited to see our Noles competing so well around the globe,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Some current and former Noles are doing big things. With the group here, it has been amazing how focused they are, even during finals. They’re working hard in the pool and weight room; just love the hard-working culture we have here.”
Others looking to qualify for Tokyo include:
Jakub Ksiazek – Polish National Championships: April 28-May 5
Lauren Hew – UANA Qualifier for Tokyo: April 29-May May 1
Nina Kucheran, Aryanna Fernandes – Canadian Olympic Trials: May 24-28
Katrina Young, Joshua Davidson – USA Diving Olympic Trials : June 6-13
Nick Vance, Noah Young, Jackson Seith – USA Swimming Olympic Trials Wave 1 : June 4-7
Izaak Bastian – Bahamas: June 13-17
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