Tallahassee, Fla. – Men’s swimming will take to the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from Feb.21-24 with 21st-ranked Florida State sitting in second place after the diving events took place last week.
“The men’s team is built for ACC competition,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They’re very deep. We have guys that aren’t going to ACCs that could have scored. This week, we’re looking for them to step up on the top end and get medals and compete for relay titles.”
The men’s diving competition took place along with the women’s swimming and diving meet. The Seminoles scored the second highest total of 195 points with all four divers contributing in every event behind Duke (212).
For the first time since the 2012 ACC meet, the Noles had a medalist in each of the three diving events, led by freshman Joshua Davidson who won silver on 3-meter (415.40) and bronze on 1-meter (368.20). Sophomore Aidan Faminoff also took home bronze on platform (333.65). In addition, sophomore Cameron Thatcher finished fifth in both 1-meter (347.00) and 3-meter (367.90).
Florida State has 36 swims seeded in scoring position, including 11 in the top eight heading into the meet in addition to all five relays being ranked within the top four.
Competition will start on Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay will begin at 5 p.m.
Individual events will start on Thursday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals following at 6 p.m. each day as the top 24 swimmers will advance to finals with opportunities to score points for the team.
Thursday’s events include the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay. The Seminoles are expected to score big points in the 50 free as seven swimmers are ranked within the top 24 before challenging for gold in the 200 free relay.
Friday will feature the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay before the meet closes on Saturday with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and 400 free relay.
Just like the 50 free, Florida State’s deep sprinting contingent is expected to cash in with eight swims seeded within the top 24 before pushing for gold in the 400 free relay after the team of junior Will Pisani, senior Joe Plechy along with juniors Kanoa Kaleoaloha and Emir Muratovic set the school record at the Georgia Tech Invite at 2:51.27.
In addition to FSU, The ACC currently has five more teams ranked in the CSCAA poll including No. 5 NC State, No. 14 Louisville, No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 23 Virginia. Georgia Tech also received votes.
“It’s very fast to be in the top 24,” Studd said. “But then you look at it and realize it’s not much faster to be top 16 or top eight. It makes a huge difference.”
The Seminoles faced four ACC teams, three in duals this season finishing 1-2 with its win over Duke and losses to No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 22 Notre Dame.
The Seminoles jumped up four spots from its finish in 2016, placing fifth with a total of 730 points, scoring 124 more point than the previous season.
FSU took silver in the 200 free relay behind Jason McCormick, Chad Mylin, Muratovic and Pisani with a time of 1:16.84 in addition to senior diver Dylan Grisell finishing second on platform at 391.95. Mylin also won bronze in the 50 free at 19.39.
On the final night of competition, the Seminoles had six swimmers score in the 100 free, which was the most in school history.
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