March 25, 2021
No. 16 Noles Earn Three All-America Honorable Mention Accolades

Results

GREENSBORO, N.C.  –   Florida State sophomore Peter Varjasi guided the No. 16 Seminoles to three All-American accolades on the second night of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Erlangen, Germany, native helped the Noles finish 15th in the 200 free relay before placing 14th in the 50 free with a time of 19.41. He also anchored the 400 medley relay to an 11th place finish.

“Today was very exciting,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was a really great day, scoring in two relays, especially being seeded 18th and getting 11th in the medley.”

Varjasi started the night by leading off the 200 free relay with a career best of 19.23, which ranks fourth in school history.  Junior Jakub Ksiazek, freshman Mason Herbet and junior Max McCusker followed and touched with a time of 1:17.07 for 15th, which was slightly off their seed time of 1:16.82.

FSU has now earned five-straight All-America honors in the 200 free relay, which is the most in school history.

Varjasi became the 13th in school history to capture an All-American honor in the 50 free.

Working in heat three in prelims, Varjasi swam a 19.38, just off his personal best (19.35). He moved up from 36th to 15th in order to qualify for the consolation heat at night, he moved up a spot to finish 14th.

Will Pisani scored in the 50 free at the previous NCAAs in 2019 by finishing 11th, marking the first time scoring in the race in back-to-back meets since Mark Weber (14th) and Paul Murray (7th) in 2013 and 2014.

The Seminoles closed the night with a massive time drop in the 400 medley relay behind Herbet, junior Izaak Bastian, McCusker and Varjasi with a time of 3:04.83, which was just off the school record (3:04.47).

The same four posted a 3:08.21 at the ACC Championships back in February and was entered in the meet with an add-up time of 3:06.39.

Herbet opened with a split of 46.22 in the 100 back for second place in heat two, just off his best of 45.93.  Bastian took over and closed the gap before McCusker took over the lead. In his fourth race of the day, Varjasi split at 42.0 in order to pull the Noles home for the victory in heat two.

After four more heats competed, FSU ended up taking 11th, marking the highest finish in the event since 2014 (sixth).

“Peter had a great day,” Studd added. “He led of the relay with a lifetime best and he’s looking good in his other events, too.”

Three Noles swam in the heats of the 500 free, led by freshman Yordan Yanchev, who placed 23rd at 4:15.86, just off his best of 4:15.02. His classmate David Quirie followed in 45th (4:21.12) and sophomore Aziz Ghaffari placed 53rd (4:27.88).

Herbet competed in the 200 IM, finishing in 39th at (1:45.52) and McCusker took 45th in the 50 free at 20.00.

Friday’s session will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back.

Sophomore Nick Vance will race in the heats of the 400 IM, followed by McCusker and Herbet in the 100 fly. Varjasi, Ghaffari, Yanchev, and Quirie are scheduled to compete in the 200 free and Bastian will make his individual debut in the 100 breast.  Herbet will close out the heats in the 100 back.

Senior Joshua Davidson is scheduled to compete in prelims of 3-meter starting at 12:15 p.m.  Davidson did not compete in 1-meter due to injury he sustained in warm-up.

“It was tough losing Josh today,” Studd said. “He was looking great in warmups, but hopefully he can go tomorrow.”

FSU is on the board with 18.5 points and is in 20th place.

The 16 in each individual race will advance to finals. The top eight divers will compete with finals at 6 p.m. All sessions will be streamed via ESPN 3.

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

This season, relay swimmers attending the meet must compete. 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.

 

The Noles qualified for all five relays, which will be timed finals swum with finals.

 

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

 

Links

 

Friday – 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving, 200 medley relay

Prelims: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=a28767fc-638c-429c-946c-7452f630266c

Finals: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=7ff6c47a-9265-48eb-b09d-5e1d05ba1f51

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

Live Scoring: https://secure.meetcontrol.com/divemeets/system/meetresultsext.php?meetnum=6947

 

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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