March 26, 2021
No. 16 Noles Add Another All-America Honorable Mention

Results

GREENSBORO, N.C.  –   The No. 16 Florida State swimming and diving team picked up another All-America honorable mention finish on Friday night at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

The 200 medley relay matched its time of 1:23.91 from the ACC Championships in order to finish 14th behind freshman Mason Herbet, junior Izaak Bastian, junior Max McCusker and sophomore Peter Varjasi.

“We had a great day of racing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We just missed some finals, but the guys were great. It was awesome scoring in the relay to finish out the day.”

McCusker was slightly off his personal best in the 100 fly (45.97), touching in 20th place at 46.06. Bastian also worked from an outside lane in the heats and finished in 19th place in the 100 breast at 52.29.

 

Herbet battled in lane one of the 100 back and placed 25th at 46.50.

 

Four Noles competed in the 200 free, led by Varjasi at 1:34.59 for 29th. Freshman Yordan Yanchev followed in 37th (1:35.56) and freshman David Quirie was 41st (1:35.94). Sophomore Aziz Ghaffari placed 43rd at 1:39.97.

Sophomore Nick Vance opened the morning session by finishing 36th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:57.61.

Senior Joshua Davidson competed in prelims of 3-meter after missing 1-meter on Thursday due to injury.

The Tomball, Texas native’s first two dives scored over 60 points each, however he slipped to 38th after mishaps in the third and fourth round.

Davidson got back on track in the final two rounds, receiving marks from 5.5-6.5 for a total of 304.45. He finished in 36th place.

 

“I couldn’t be more proud of Josh for what he did today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “After hitting the board in warmup yesterday, I would have been willing to bet my house his hand wouldn’t allow him to dive today. I was wrong,

“He fought through a lot of pain for this team today and proved why he is such a great example and a leader. It wasn’t the ending he was looking for, but he immediately moved on to next year. I can’t wait until then.”

The Seminoles will have seven swims in prelims on Saturday, which start at 10 a.m. Vance will compete in the 200 back and 200 fly. Yanchev, McCusker and Varjasi will swim in the 100 free and Izaak Bastian will swim in the 200 breast. Quirie will compete in the 1650 free, which is scheduled for 4:27 p.m.

The 400 free relay will be swum with finals, which start at 6 p.m.

FSU has 24.5 points and is in 23rd place.

The top 16 in each individual race will advance to finals and the 400 free relay will be swum with finals, which start at 6 p.m. All events will be streamed via ESPN 3 and live timing is available on meet mobile.

The NCAA Team

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

Top Times: 100 breast – 51.84, 200 breast – 1:53.81

Events: 100 breast – 51.84, 21st; 200 breast – 1:53.81, 26th

  • 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

2020-21 Top Scores: 1M –351.90, 3M – 413.55

Events: 1M & 3M

  • 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

Top Times: 200 free – 1:34.79, 500 free 4:16.59

Events: 500 free – 4:16.59, 32nd; 200 free – 1:35.18, 43rd

  • 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

Top Times: 100 back – 45.93, 100 fly – 46.88, 200 IM – 1:44.94

Events: 100 fly – 46.88, 45th; 100 back – 45.93, 19th; 200 IM – 1:44.94, 45th

  • 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. Also placed 17th in the 200 IM at a career best of 1:44.94
  • Holds three times in FSU’s all-time top 10
  • 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

Top Times: 50 free – 19.68, 100 free – 42.88, 100 fly – 45.97

Events: 100 fly – 45.97, 25th; 100 free – 42.88, 32nd; 50 free – 19.68, 44th

  • 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 behind personal best swims
  • 2020-21 team captain

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

Top Times: 200 free – 1:35.43, 500 free – 4:18.59, 1650 free – 14:57.82

Events: 200 free – 1:35.43, 46th; 1650 free – 14:57.82, 28th; 500 free – 4:18.59, 43rd

  • 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

Top Times: 400 IM – 3:45.50, 200 back – 1:44.22, 200 fly – 1:45.28

Events: 400 IM – 3:45.50, 31st; 200 back – 1:44.22, 39th; 200 fly – 1:45.28, 41st

  • 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 2021 ACC Championships in the 400 IM (3:47.54)

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

Top Times: 50 free – 19.35, 100 free – 42.65, 200 free – 1:32.76

Events: 50 free – 19.54, 37th; 200 free – 1:34.32, 36th, 100 free – 42.65, 25th

  • 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

Top Times: 500 free – 4:15.02, 200 free – 1:35.25, 100 free – 43.75

Events: 100 free – 43.75, 54th; 200 free – 1:35.25, 44th, 500 free – 4:15.02, 25th

  • 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 and was also 17th in the 200 free
  • Helped the Noles to an NCAA provisional time in the 800 free relay
  • Joined the team in January

 

Relay Swimmers

Santi Corredor – Jr. – For Myers, Fla.

Top Times: 200 free – 1:38.98

  • Helped the Noles swim a provisional time in the 800 free relay at ACCs by splitting 1:35.84
  • A member of the Colombian National team
  • Joined the team in January of 2021
  • Finished 10th in the 500 free (4:18.74) and 18th in the 200 fly at ACCs (1:45.46)

 

Jakub Ksiazek – Jr. – Sczecin, Poland

Top Times: 50 free – 19.30, 100 free – 42.95, 200 free – 1:33.89

  • 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

 

200 free relay – 15th, 1:16.82

400 free relay – 15th, 2:50.74

800 free relay – 20th – 6:20.24

200 medley relay – 15th, 1:23.91

400 medley relay – 19th, 3:06.39

 

Links

 

Saturday – 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, 400 free relay

Prelims: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=36dd269e-a34e-43e2-bb6a-f4f288c2f988

Finals: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=6a9a9612-fcf5-4b8f-8361-c04c6e6062bb

Live Timing: https://swimmeetresults.tech/NCAA-Division-I-Men-2021/

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