February 17, 2022

Medley Relays Capture Bronze at ACCs


ATLANTA, Ga. – The No. 21/24 Florida State swimming and diving teams were fueled by two podium performances on the third night of the 2022 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.

The women’s 200 medley relay started the night off by winning bronze behind Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden and Rebecca Moynihan at 1:35.40.

Mason Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi followed by taking bronze in the men’s race, touching at 1:23.15.

Both squads established new school records and improved their NCAA seed times after previously earning automatic qualifying standards.

“Those two relays were amazing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The ladies smashed the previous record and got the evening off to a great start and the men followed suit. We’re excited to see what they can do at NCAAs.”

Medley Relays Capture Bronze at ACCs

200 medley relay

Working out of the final heat, Quaglieri led off with a 24.38  in the 50 back and Kucheran split 26.87 in the breaststroke leg to put the Noles in third. Halden took over in fly (22.43) and Moynihan brought it home in 21.72, securing the bronze over the heat two winners, North Carolina (1:35.58).

The Seminoles shattered the previous record that was set by Maddie McDonald, Ida Hulkko, Leila Johnston and Kertu Alnek at 1:36.28 in 2019.

In the men’s event, Herbet led off with a 20.92 split, Bastian (23.55) and McCusker (19.74) followed before Varjasi anchored at 18.94, finishing fourth in the heat, however due to a disqualification, the Seminoles moved up and won bronze.

The Noles lowered their own FSU record, which was set back in November of 2021 at 1:23.57.

Florida State had two swimmers in the bonus heat of the 400 IM, led by Sydney VanOvermeiren in 19th place at 4:17.11. Sydney Boals contributed another personal best swim and placed 20th at 4:19.38.

FSU had three women swim under the 2021 NCAA invited time cut in the 100 fly (52.70), led by Edith Jernstedt, who came on strong to finish 11th at a personal best of 52.46, just ahead of Halden in 13th at 52.70, after she posted a 52.37 in prelims.

In the bonus final, Aryanna Fernandes came from behind, surging off the final wall to take a commanding lead, touching at 52.68 to place 17th. Hannah Womer followed in 24th at 54.01, after posting a 53.99.

“That was a big event for us,” Studd said. “Three ladies went under the time that was invited last year. Let’s hope it holds and they all qualify.”

Medley Relays Capture Bronze at ACCs

McCusker came back to win the consolation heat of the 100 fly, using his powerful underwater kicks off the final turn to surpass the field, touching with a personal best of 45.74 for ninth place.  His performance now ranks fourth in FSU history.

Varjasi came back with a season-best in the 200 free, touching at 1:34.51 for 13th place.

David Quire led the way for the Noles in the bonus heat, battling back on the final 50 yards to place 18th at 1:34.88, which was a personal best. The performance now ranks seventh on the FSU all-time top 10 list.

Jakub Ksiazek placed 24th at 1:35.84 after turning in a time of 1:34.41 in prelims.

“We didn’t have the best morning, but we made the most of what we had in finals tonight,” Studd said. “Tomorrow is probably our best day, and we’ll have to be ready to get it done in prelims.”

Medley Relays Capture Bronze at ACCs

On the boards, the women competed on 3-meter, with Vivian Johnson scoring 12th place points with a total of 270.80.

Johnson, who is competing at her first ACC Championship meet, scored five of her six dives above 40 points.

She scored back-to-back dives over 50 points in the third and fourth rounds, pushing her up to eighth place as her back 2 ½ somersault tuck scored marks of 6.5 and 7.0 and her reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck went for 7.0s.

In the final two rounds, Johnson was strong, but just finished outside of the top eight.

“Vivian was incredible today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “This is one of the deepest springboard fields I’ve seen at this meet and for her to be that competitive and just miss the final with that list was awesome. She just ran out of spices on taco night.”

Friday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 200 fly, 100 back and 100 breast, with the top 24 advancing to finals.

Men’s platform diving will start at 12:30 p.m., with the top eight advancing to finals.

“The guys had a little bit of an off day yesterday on 1-meter,” Proctor added. “But they’re all ready to get back out there and give it a go on platform.”

The No. 24 women sit in ninth place with a total of 268 points and the 21st-ranked men are in sixth place at 344.

All sessions will be available to watch through the ACC Network Extra. The ACC network will re-air certain sessions throughout the week:

Fri., Feb. 18: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. ET (Day 3 Finals)

Sat., Feb. 19: 8-11 a.m. ET (Day 4 Finals)

Sun., Feb. 20: 8:30 a.m.-Noon ET (Day 5 Finals)




Prelims, 10 a.m. – https://noles.co/3BpwlYd

Finals, 6 p.m. –  https://noles.co/33pSyJm


Prelims, 10 a.m. –  https://noles.co/3GQo7JZ

Finals, 3:30 p.m. – https://noles.co/3sJoCk4

Finals, 6 p.m. – https://noles.co/3JyzVCv


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