November 16, 2017
NCAA Cuts, Sprints Spark Noles on First Day of GT Invite

ATLANTA, Ga. – The 18th-ranked Florida State men’s swimming and diving team jumped out to a sizable lead after the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational at the McAuley Aquatics Center. The Seminoles scored 459 total points, leading No. 14 Alabama (345) by over 100 points.

The Seminoles will also be represented at the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships in March after both squads earned automatic qualifying standards in the 200 free relay.

“It was an awesome night all around,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The team really stepped up and had a lot of fun and supported each other. We had some fast swims and NCAA cuts, I could not be happier.”

The divers brought home a pair of wins as sophomore Ayla Bonniwell was victorious on 1-meter by two points with a score of 288.85, while freshman Josh Davidson was dominant on 3-meter, posting a season high score of 410.85.

“It was a good looking day at a midseason meet,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “I’m happy with how they did. They are checking a lot of boxes off on the list of things we’ve been working on.”

The women’s team started out the night with a new school record in the 200 free relay behind freshmen Emma Terebo, Elise Olsen along with seniors Tayla Lovemore and Alexi Smith with a time of 1:28.49.

Terebo led the squad off with a split of 22.60, which was faster than her individual prelim time of 22.87. Olsen followed at 22.25 and the senior veterans closed it out at 21.84 and 21.80 to hold off the top squad from Auburn (1:28.76).

The men’s team followed with an NCAA A standard of their own, touching with a time of 1:16.95 behind junior Will Pisani (19.54), senior Chad Mylin (18.70) and juniors Emir Muratovic (19.24) and Kanoa Kalealoha (19.47).

Florida State put on a show in the men’s 50 free as the seven swimmers competed in the top heat, all earning best times.  At night, five swimmers broke the 20-second barrier, led by Mylin who posted a new personal best of 19.35.

Pisani followed in third (19.64), Muratovic placed sixth (19.86), Kaleoaloha was seventh (19.86), senior Joe Plechy was eighth (19.94), sophomore John Mataxas was ninth at 20.10 and his classmate Felipe Ribeiro de Souza was 10th at 20.22.

Mylin’s mark of 19.35 keeps him third in FSU history, while Pisani’s relay split of 19.54 ranks him seventh.

The men also scored some big swims from sophomore Max Polianski (1:46.91) and Rudo Loock in the 200 IM along with freshman Ryan Telford (1:47.75), finishing fourth, fifth and sixth.

As the second fastest qualifier in the morning heats, Polianski was just off his personal best, touching at 1:46.37. Telford (1:47.60) and Loock (1:47.68) posted new career best times in prelims, however Loock lowered his time to 1:47.45 at night.

Senior Connor Kalisz was just off his personal best in the 200 IM as he took home the B final with a time of 1:46.65.

Polianksi holds the fourth fastest mark in school history (1:46.09) followed by Kalisz (1:46.41) and now Loock (1:47.45) in eighth and Telford in ninth (1:47.60).

The women’s 50 free saw three Seminoles in the top heat, led by Lovemore at 22.56 for fifth. Terebo went even faster than her relay lead-off leg, touching at 22.58 for sixth, which ranks sixth in FSU history. Smith placed eighth at 22.66, just off her best mark of 22.63.

In the B final, Olsen led the way for the Noles, posting her fastest time of 22.71 for 12th.

In diving, all six of Bonniwell’s dives score above 40 points as her final two went for tallies of 54.60 and 52.50. Senior Blaire Mulka placed fourth scoring 263.10.

Davidson was brilliant, especially on his last three dives where he scored about 70 points on each one, saving his best for last scoring 76.50 on his forward 2 ½ 2 twist pike. Senior Tyler Roberge joined the rookie in the final, placing seventh with a final score of 321.60 for seventh place.

Junior Shelly Drozda had a busy day, first leading the Seminoles in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.48 for ninth place after posting a time of 4:53.26 in prelims. She followed that swim by taking 16th in the 200 IM at 2:04.22 after swimming a time of 2:03.51 in the morning.

Newcomers Kile Carriger (2:04.43) and Elizabeth Zubero (2:05.13) followed in 17th and 18th respectively.

Junior Meg Brown also won the C final of the 200 IM, touching with an NCAA B standard of 2:01.48, leading the team.

Also in the B final of the 500 free, sophomore Manuella Ribas Andrade led the team, placing 15th at 4:54.29, which was a new personal best.

In the men’s 500 free, sophomore Griffin Alaniz (4:27.26), senior Calvin Bryant (4:27.89) and sophomore Alex Cronin (4:28.15) finished seventh, eighth and ninth, while sophomore Keagan Finley lowered his personal best from prelims to 4:27.80, placing 14th.

The Seminoles finished the night with a dominating victory in the women’s 400 medley relay behind freshman Madeline Cohen, senior Natalie Pierce, Lovemore and Smith with a time of 3:33.45, which was just off the school record (3:33.43).

Pierce’s split matched her performance last year, as she split 57.98, which was almost two seconds faster than any other in the field.

The men’s team placed second  in the 400 medley with a time of 3:10.66 behind Mylin, Telford, Kaleoaloha and Pisani.

The women’s team sits in third place behind No. 13 Auburn (384) and No. 11 (286) Alabama with a total of 277.5.

Friday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back with diving prelims starting at 11 a.m. with women’s 3-meter, while men’s 1-meter will take place at 2:30 p.m. Finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the top 30 swimmers from each race in addition to the 400 medley relay and 800 free relay.


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