GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Rebecca Moynihan lead the RV Florida State swimming and diving team on the second night of the 2021 Women’s ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Moynihan swam the four fastest times in the 50 free of her career that included an eighth place finish behind her best of 22.38 in her first ACC Championship final.
The team captain later matched that time, leading off the 200 free relay that finished in fifth place with a time of 1:29.28 along with freshman Zsofia Kurdi, sophomore Tania Quaglieri and senior Emma Terebo.
Individually, Moynihan’s performance was an NCAA B standard and now ranks fourth in school history.
Moynihan came into the meet seeded 22nd at 22.99 and established a new personal best at 22.45 in prelims, to qualify in seventh place, becoming the first to compete in the A- Final of the event since Kaitlyn Dressel won bronze back in 2015.
The Palmerston North, New Zealand, native, also added a time trial of the 50 free at the end of the night, touching in at 22.49, which was still faster than her previous personal best of 22.75.
“We had another great day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The ladies were awesome. Rebecca had some great swims today and she really deserves it. She works so hard every day. We’re looking forward to what should be a strong day for us tomorrow.”
In addition to Moynihan, the Seminoles were represented individually by senior Emma Terebo, junior Hannah Womer, freshman Phoebe Griffiths and Kurdi at finals.
Griffiths qualified for the consolation heat of the 500 free in 12th place out of the heats, with a time of 4:46.59, which was slightly off her best (4:46.16).
Working from lane six at night, Griffiths took over the lead at the 150-yard mark, but was challenged and passed by Louisville’s Liberty Williams near the turn at the 350. Griffiths touched in second in the heat and 10th overall with a personal best of 4:44.91, which is an NCAA B standard and fourth fastest time in school history.
Womer turned in her best time in the 200 IM in prelims at (NCAA B) 1:59.74, which ranks ninth in school history. In the B-Final, The San Jose, California, native touched in seventh for 15th overall, holding her place, with a time of 2:00.17.
Kurdi made her ACC debut by finishing 15th in the 50 free with a time of 22.71 after clocking her personal best in prelims at 22.70. Terebo added 22nd place points with a time of 22.62, which was a season best. Both Seminoles swam NCAA B standards in the event.
Senior Joshua Davidson along with freshmen Jesco Helling and Darwin Nolasco competed on 3-meter.
Helling led the way for the Noles, finishing in 13th place with a score of 319.25 just ahead of Davidson in 14th at 318.60. Nolasco was 24th with a total of 290.00.
Florida State sits in ninth place with a total of 214 points, trailing closely behind Miami (238), No. 14 North Carolina (244.5), No. 13 Notre Dame (276) and No. 24 Duke (290).
Friday’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. and will feature the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. The top 24 will advance to finals starting at 7 p.m. The 400 medley relay will conclude the session.
The meet will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and live timing will be available through meet mobile. Live scoring for diving will be available on divemeets.com.
No spectators will be allowed at the meet.
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