February 25, 2020
Men’s Swimming Set to Begin Wednesday at ACCs

Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The ACC Swimming and Diving Championships will resume on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and run through Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, featuring men’s swimming.

The No. 14 Seminoles will kick off the session as the No. 2 seed in the 200 medley relay (1:24.80 NCAAB), followed by the 800 free relay (6:18.68) approximately an hour later, where they are the top seed.

“We’re excited for a great week,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The guys look great and they’re ready to go.”

The divers got Florida State the team lead with 127 points in three events. Miami was the only squad that scored more (197), however the Hurricanes do not field a men’s swimming program. Diving events will be factored into the team total at the end of each day.

FSU was led by junior Joshua Davidson, who dove in two springboard finals, taking home the gold on 1-meter with a total of 382.95. It was the first diving ACC win for the Noles since Terry Horner won 3-meter in 2010.

Notes on the Meet:

  • There are seven men’s teams ranked in the CSCAA Top 25 – No. 5 NC State, No. 9 Louisville, No. 14 FSU, No. 15 Virginia, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 23 North Carolina. Georgia Tech was recognized by receiving votes.

 

  • Florida State finished the previous two ACC meets in fifth place. In 2019, the Seminoles score 819 points, just 1.5 behind Virginia Tech in fourth place. In 2018, FSU tallied 828.5, which was the highest total since Studd took over at the helm.
  • Starting Thursday, finals will be streamed via the ACC Network Extra starting at 6 p.m. On the call will be Matt Schumacker alongside the legendary swimming analyst Rowdy Gains.
  • The Seminoles will be powered by nine freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and five seniors.
  • The freshman class has valuable experience competing internationally at meets including the FINA Junior World Championships and Youth Olympics. Additionally, two Americans are Olympic Trial qualifiers.
  • 11 swims rank in the top 50 nationally, performed by sophomore Jakub Ksiazek (15. 50 free – 19.30; 22. 200 free – 1:33.89), freshman Peter Varjasi (25. 50 free – 19.45; 33. 100 free – 42.86; 40. 200 free – 1:34.78), rookie Aziz Ghaffari (42. 200 free – 1:34.79; 40. 500 free – 4:18.38), senior Griffin Alaniz (8. 100 back – 45.44; 22. 200 back – 1:41.84), sophomore Max McCusker (28. 100 fly – 46.26) and sophomore Izaak Bastian (48. 200 breast – 1:56.23)

 

  • After the first week of championship season across the country, the Seminoles are still among the fastest in the country in all five relays:

200 free relay: 6. 1:16.98 – Varjasi, Ksiazek, Alaniz, McCusker

400 free relay: 19. 3:09.92 – Varjasi, Ksiazek, McCusker, Vladimir Stefanik

800 free relay: 20. 6:25.20 – Ghaffari – Ksiazek, Varjasi, Stefanik

200 medley relay: 12. 1:24.80 – Alaniz, Bastian, McCusker, Varjasi

400 medley relay: 23. 3:09.92 – Alaniz, Bastian, McCusker, Varjasi

ACC Schedule:

Wednesday

Finals – 4 p.m.

200 medley relay, 800 free relay

 

Thursday

Prelims – 10 a.m.

500 free, 200 IM, 50 free

Finals – 6 p.m.

500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=2c65c463-a1cc-44f8-a7e4-76cff9f1b916

 

 

Friday

Prelims – 10 a.m.

100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back

Finals – 6 p.m.

100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=0af9537d-2560-4476-824f-1737c4c18c76

 

 

Saturday

Prelims – 10 a.m.

200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free

Finals – 6 p.m.

1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=d7ab6ca5-2fd9-428d-88cb-e791e993770d

 

 

 

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