November 20, 2020

No. 16/25 Noles Take Second at Georgia Invite

ATHENS, Ga.  – The No. 16/25 Florida State swimming and diving teams closed out the Georgia Invite on Friday afternoon at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Both teams finished in second place (M 1,021; W 1,180) behind No.3/1 Georgia (M 1,480;1,447) and ahead of No. 22/NR Georgia Tech (M 1,006; 700).

The Seminoles added four more swims to its all-time top 10 list, including two from freshmen.

“It was a really great week of racing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The team was awesome supporting each other and they had incredible attitudes. It’s a great group that we get to work with this year, they really get it,

“We had some awesome performances and we saw our national rankings rise on both teams. I’m really happy where we are and we’re looking forward to seeing what these great teams can do this year.”

Freshman Pia Murray started off finals by finishing in fourth place in the 200 back with an NCAA B standard of 1:56.81, which ranks as the seventh fastest in school history.

Murray finished ahead of four other Seminoles in the championship heat, as her classmate Natalie Peterson (1:59.10) took fifth, followed by junior Maddie McDonald (1:59.42) in sixth, senior Madeline Cohen (2:01.27) in seventh, and freshman Ginevra Molino (2:02.91) in eighth.

FSU had four in the top heat of the 100 free, as freshman Zsofia Kurdi led the way by taking bronze with a time of 49.82. Junior Kertu Alnek followed in fourth (49.88), freshman Jenny Halden was fifth (49.97) and senior Rebecca Moynihan tied for sixth (50.25).

Senior Emma Terebo was the winner in the consolation heat, touching with a time of 49.74 for ninth place overall.

In the 200 breast, junior Katherine Baker placed fifth (2:16.75) ahead of senior Kile Carriger (2:17.38) in seventh.

Junior Hannah Womer was the lone Seminole in the 200 fly, placing sixth with a personal best swim at 1:59.08 (NCAA B). The performance keeps her eighth on the FSU all-time top 10.

The Seminoles had three swimmers score in the top eight of the 1650 free, led by junior Maggie Emary (16:44.13) in fifth, followed by freshman Phoebe Griffiths (16:48.44) in sixth, and Sydney Cole (16:50.81) in seventh.

Terebo led off the 400 free relay with her fastest 100 free split of the weekend, clocking 49.55. Kurdi, Halden and Alnek followed, turning in a final time of 3:17.95 for silver.

Fresh off his school record in the 400 IM last night, sophomore Nick Vance finished in fifth place in the 200 back with a final time of 1:44.49 after setting a personal best in prelims at 1:44.28 (NCAA B), which is the ninth fastest time in school history.

Senior Jackson Lucas finished just behind Vance in sixth at 1:44.55 (NCAA B), followed by freshman Mason Herbet (1:45.16) and redshirt freshman Noah Young (1:47.97) in seventh and eighth respectively.

Sophomore Peter Varjasi took silver in the 100 free with a season best of (NCAA B) 42.91 ahead of sophomore Blake Moran in seventh place (44.08).  Junior Max McCusker was the winner in the B final, touching with a mark of 43.57.

In the 200 breast, junior Izaak Bastian was just off his career best time (1:56.23) as he turned in an NCAA B standard time of 1:56.72 for bronze. Sophomore Nevada Wood clocked 1:59.12 for fifth place.

Senior Paxton Rhoads took home the victory in the consolation heat, touching at 1:59.88.

Freshman Tommy Eaton wrote his name in the FSU record book after swimming a time of 1:45.93 (NCAA B) in the 200 fly for sixth place. His performance was the sixth fastest in school history.

Vance also swam in the top heat, placing seventh (1:47.54).

FSU was led by freshman David Quirie in the 1650 free, touching with a time of 15:16.82, ahead of his classmate Will Hoogenboom (15:21.24) in fifth. Both swims were NCAA B standards.

The Seminoles closed out the meet by finish third in the 400 free relay behind Moran, sophomore Domen Demsar, McCusker and Varjasi at 2:53.50.

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