February 4, 2018
More Career Bests Close Out Auburn Invite

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The Florida State swimming and diving teams closed out the Auburn Invite with more career best swims on Sunday.

“We had a great weekend of racing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had at least five guys that could potentially be point scorers at the ACC Championships.”

Sophomore Griffin Alaniz was just off his best time in the 200 back, winning with a time of 1:43.37.

In the 200 breast, freshman Julio Horrego broke the two-minute barrier for the first time in his career, touching fourth at 1:59.56. Freshmen Paxton Rhoads (2:03.79) and Chad McGuire (2:04.17) placed seventh and eighth respectively.

Seniors Jonathan Ratliff and Jacob Urbano led the Noles in the 200 fly as Ratliff saved his best swim for last, posting a personal best at 1:47.77 for third place. Urbano followed in fifth with a time of 1:48.78.  Rookie Alex Cronin rounded out the field in eighth at 1:51.30.

In the mile, the Seminoles were led by freshman Patrick Butkovich, who touched in fourth with a time of 15:37.42, edging out sophomore Keagan Finley 15:37.83 in fifth. Rookie Clay Riemenschneider was also seventh at 16:08.27.

Freshman Hailey Ladd continued her strong weekend outing, leading Florida State in the 200 back, touching third with a time of 1:59.79, which was her best mark by two-seconds. Sophomore Mykala Arnold followed in seventh at 2:01.47.

In the 100 free, junior McKenna Keith led the Noles, touching fourth clocking 50.49, which was her best time. Senior Brenna Ruth followed in seventh at 51.49.

Three Noles competed in the top heat of the 200 breast, led by rookie Bella English in fifth place, who clocked her personal best at 2:18.59, just ahead of her classmate Kile Carriger (2:18.61) in sixth. Sophomore Elizabeth Zubero was eighth at 2:19.88.

In the final event of the meet, freshman Madi Tyle posted a time of 2:03.95 for fourth place ahead of sophomore Macie Beairsto in sixth (2:04.35).

Prior to the start of finals, the Noles placed second and third in the 1650 free as junior Melissa Marinheiro finished as the runner up (17:05.23) ahead of senior Alex Wittman in third (17:09.58).

The Seminoles will head to Greensboro, N.C. for the ACC Championships. The women and both diving teams will compete Feb. 14-17 and the men’s swimming will be held Feb.21-24 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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