November 14, 2020
No. 18 Noles Cruise to Victory Over TCU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team (2-0, 1-0 ACC) defeated TCU (0-4) 201.5-97.5 at the Morcom Aquatics Center on Saturday.

“We had another good day here at the office,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was a great team atmosphere and everyone was behind one another. We competed hard and we had some outstanding swims.”

The Seminoles won 13 of the 16 events, nine by ways of first and second place, including two sweeps.


No. 18 Noles Cruise to Victory Over TCU

Nick Vance

Sophomore Nick Vance turned in his personal best time in the 200 fly, finishing first with an NCAA B standard of 1:46.40, which ranks eighth in FSU history.  Vance also was victorious in the 200 back (1:46.93) and 400 IM (3:52.65).

“Nick had an outstanding day,” Studd added. “Going a best time and he had an awesome 200 back. It was just really great to see.”

The Seminoles started the day with win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:27.50 behind freshman Mason Herbet, junior Izaak Bastian, sophomore Domen Demsar and sophomore Peter Varjasi.

Freshmen Zach Smith (9:15.47) and David Quirie (9:17.55) took first and second place in the 1000 free and sophomore Aziz Ghaffari brought home the win in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.33.

Mason followed with win in the 100 back behind his personal best swim of 47.43, which was also an NCAA B standard. Junior Jackson Lucas followed in second with a mark of 48.68.

Freshman Tommy Eaton finished second behind Vance in the 200 fly at 1:47.43 and Varjasi added a victory in the 50 free with an NCAA B time of 19.96 before the first break.

No. 18 Noles Cruise to Victory Over TCU

Joshua Davidson

The Seminoles swept 1-meter diving, led by freshman Darwin Nolasco (289.00) in first, rookie Jesco Helling (281.00) in second and junior Joshua Davidson (281.00) in third.

Davidson (323.95) and Nolasco (306.45) would later add a one-two showing on 3-meter.

“It’s been a weird year and these guys haven’t really been in the pool all that long,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “I am very pleased with their work for where they are right now. They’re doing a lot of things right and they’re improving each day. I’m happy with their performance today.”

Varjasi led the way in the 100 free with another NCAA B standard swim of 43.62 ahead of sophomore Blake Moran and junior Max McCusker, who tied for second place at 44.96.

Ghaffari (4:27.14), Quirie (4:29.69) and freshmen Will Hoogenboom (4:34.46) added a sweep of the 500 free.

The Seminoles closed the meet out by finishing in first and second place in the 200 free relay, led by the quad of McCusker, junior Jakub Ksiazek, sophomore Blake Moran and Varjasi at 1:20.76.

Bastian, Ghaffari, Herbet and Demsar followed in second place with a time of 1:21.31, holding off TCU’s top team by three one hundredths (1:21.34).

Florida State will head to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Invite that will run from Nov. 18-20

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