March 10, 2021
Nine Noles Headed to NCAA Championships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  –   The No. 15 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team qualified nine student-athletes and five relays for the 2021 NCAA Championships from March 24-27 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

FSU will have 24 individual entries contested by one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.

“We’re excited to have nine individuals qualify,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “And with all of the relays, that’s a new high since I’ve been at FSU. We’re very delighted to have so many opportunities to score points.”

Since the NCAA switched the selection process for the 2013 meet, nine Seminoles selected for individual events is the highest.  FSU will also bring two relay swimmers, marking the largest squad to compete at NCAAs since 2009 at 11.

Izaak Bastian – Jr. – Nassau, Bahamas – 100 & 200 Breast

  • A two-time NCAA individual qualifier
  • A 2019 All-American as a member of the 200 medley relay that finished 7th at NCAAs
  • Set the school records in the 100 breast (51.84) and 200 breast (1:53.81) en route to placing ninth at the 2021 ACC Championships
  • Also apart of the 200 medley relay the qualified for NCAAs that took fourth at ACCs

Joshua Davidson – Sr. – Tomball, Texas – 1-meter & 3-meter

  • • A four-time NCAA qualifier in both springboard events; the first diver to accomplish the feat since Terry Horner

    • Placed sixth on 1-meter (675.55) and was fourth on 3-meter (789.05) at the 2021 Zone B Championships

    • A 2019 All-American HM after a 14th place finish on 1-meter; won All-America in both springboard events in 2020

    • Took sixth on 1-meter at ACCs with a total of 332.20 in 2021

    • A five-time ACC medalist

    • 2020-2021 team captain

Aziz Ghaffari – So. – Tunis, Tunisia – 500 free

  • Qualified for his first NCAAs
  • Was chosen as an All-American in 2020 for the 800 free relay
  • Earned his NCAA bid by swimming a personal best in the 500 free at 4:16.59 at the Georgia Invite

Mason Herbet – Fr. – Oviedo, Fla. – 100 Back

  • One of three freshmen competing at NCAAs for the Noles
  • Placed fifth in the 100 back at 46.10 after posting his personal best in prelims at 45.93 at the 2021 ACC Championships
  • Helped the Noles earn NCAA automatic times in the 200 medley and 200 free and 400 free relays
  • Holds the Morcom Aquatics Center Pool Record in the 100 back at 47.43

Max McCusker – Jr. – Harlow, Essex, UK – 100 Fly & 100 Free

  • A two-time NCAA qualifier
  • Was an All-American in the 100 fly, 200 & 400 free relay and 400 medley relay in 2020
  • Helped the Noles swim NCAA automatic times in the 200, 400 free and 200 medley relays
  • Finished 10th in both the 100 fly (45.97) and 100 free (42.88) at the 2021 ACC Championships
  • 2020- 2021 team captain

David Quirie – Fr. – Nepean, Ontario – 1650 Free

  • One of three freshmen competing at NCAAs for the Noles
  • Placed fifth in the 1650 free at 14:57.82 at the 2021 ACC Championships
  • Is the first Seminole to compete in the 1650 free at NCAAs since John Jessell in 2013
  • Swam the fourth-fastest time in school history in the mile at ACCs. It was also the fastest since Mateo DeAngulo’s school record at NCAAs back in 2012 at 14:42.77
  • Holds the Morcom Aquatic Center pool record in the 1650 free at 15:29.19

Nick Vance – So. – St. Charles, Ill. – 400 IM

  • Set the school record in the 400 IM at 3:45.50 at the Georgia Invite
  • Took down the mark set by Juan Sequera back in 2012 at 3:45.83. Is also the first qualifier in the race since Sequera
  • Finished 11th at the ACC Championships in the 400 IM (3:47.54)

Peter Varjasi – So. – Erlangen, Germany – 100 Free

  • A two-time NCAA qualifier
  • A 2020 All-American in the 200 free, 200, 400 & 800 free relay and 400 medley relay
  • 2020 Team MVP & Rookie of the Year
  • FSU record holder in the 200 free – 1:32.76 and holds the Morcom Aquatics Center pool record in the 50 free at 19.76
  • Placed sixth in the 100 free (42.65) and seventh in the 200 free (1:34.32) at the 2021 ACC Championships

 

Yordan Yanchev – Fr. – Sandanski, Bulgaria – 500 Free

  • One of three freshmen competing at NCAAs for the Noles
  • Swam the second-fastest time in FSU history in the 500 free at 4:15.02 in prelims at the 2021 ACC Championships
  • Finished sixth in the 500 free at ACCs at 4:16.66
  • Helped the Noles to an NCAA provisional time in the 800 free relay
  • Joined the team in January

Relay Swimmers

This season, relay swimmers attending the meet must compete and relays are timed finals. Junior Jakub Ksiazek has been a part of FSU’s 200, 400 and 800 free relays, while junior Santi Corredor swam the second leg of the 800 free relay at the ACC Championships.

Santi Corredor – Jr. – For Myers, Fla.

  • Helped the Noles swim a provisional time in the 800 free relay at ACCs
  • A member of the Colombian National team

 

Jakub Ksiazek – Jr. – Sczecin, Poland

  • Has competed at the 2019 NCAAs where he was a two-time All-American and was an NCAA qualifier in 2020
  • A part of the 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams that hold the school record
  • Helped the Noles automatically qualify for NCAAs in the 200 and 400 free relays at ACCs and was also a part of the 800 free relay that swam a provisional time

 

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