January 28, 2022

No.19/RV Swim & Dive Downs Tampa on Senior Day


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No.19/RV Florida State swimming and diving team honored its senior class by picking up two wins against Tampa on Friday at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The 19th-ranked men’s team (4-0, 1-0 ACC) finished the season unbeaten after defeating the Spartans (7-3) 221-40, while the RV women moved to 6-1, 2-0 ACC on the year following the 219-43 victory over Tampa (8-2).

“Today was for celebrating our seniors,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was a chilly day, but we didn’t let that stop us from swimming fast and having fun. It was a great team atmosphere, and I am very glad we sent the seniors out on a good note.”

Aryanna Fernandes

Aryanna Fernandes

The women and men established new marks in the 200 medley relay to start the meet.

The team of Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden and Rebecca Moynihan turned in a season best of 1:37.00, which is an NCAA consideration time. The squad took down the record set by the FSU team of Maddie Cohen, Ida Hulkko, Leila Johnston and Emma Terebo back in 2018 at 1:38.97.

Mason Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi clocked a 1:25.40, lowering their own mark that was set back in October at 1:25.88.

Herbet lowered his 100 back pool record to 46.07 (47.37) and Yordan Yanchev took down Connor Dwyer’s (Florida) standard in the 500 free (4:22.78) that was set back in 2010, touching at 4:18.87.

McCusker followed Yanchev with a record of his own in the 100 fly at 46.87, besting Conner Knight’s 47.23 that was set back in 2014.

Herbet turned in his third record of the day, lowering his own 200 IM (1:48.75) to 1:47.35.

No.19/RV Swim & Dive Downs Tampa on Senior Day

Max McCusker

Emily Trieschmann led the sweep of the 1000 free, turning in a personal best of 9:56.75, and Zach Smith was first in the men’s event at 9:14.50.

In the 200 free, Phoebe Griffiths led the sweep with a time of 1:48.55. Aziz Ghaffari followed by leading the way for the men (1:35.60).

Pia Murray and Maddie McDonald tied for first place in the 100 back with a time of 54.64.

Freshman Maddy Huggins clocked a 1:01.19 in the 100 breast, leading the sweep and Varjasi turned in a time of 54.01 for the win in the men’s race.

Rookie Edith Jernstedt was just off her personal best in the 200 fly, touching at 1:58.64 for the victory and Brennan Hammond brought home the win in the men’s race at 1:46.79, which was a career best.

Moynihan (22.83) and McCusker (19.79) led the sweep of the 50 free before the break.

No.19/RV Swim & Dive Downs Tampa on Senior Day

Rachel Moran

Zsofia Kurdi secured the 100 free victory (50.37) while Blake Moran led the sweep of the men’s at 44.46.

Working from lane one, Sydney Cole turned in a best time in the 200 back for the victory at 1:58.84.  In the men’s 200 back, Tyler Hanley led the sweep, clocking 1:49.03.

Kucheran won the women’s 200 breast (2:13.82), leading the sweep ahead of Rachel Moran (2:15.17) in second, who swam her career best time.

Jason Martindale followed with the win in the men’s 200 breast (2:01.37).

Freshman Sydney Boals was the winner in the 500 free behind her personal best of 4:55.91. Murray added her second win of the day, taking the 100 fly at 54.43, which was her career best.

Jernstedt held on for the win in the women’s 200 IM (2:02.92), leading the sweep.

Hannah Womer, Gabrianna Banks, Aryanna Fernandes and McDonald closed out the women’s meet with a win in the 200 free relay (1:32.50).

Varjasi, Blake Moran, Ian Cooper and newcomer Jokubas Keblys (1:20.12) cruised to the win in the men’s 200 free relay.

“Aside from celebrating our seniors, we had some of our underclassmen step up and swim best times,” Studd added. “That was huge, especially as we head toward the postseason. I really like where we are and can’t wait to see what happens in February and March.”

Members of both teams will compete at the Auburn Invite, starting on February 3. The Seminoles will compete at the ACC Championships from Feb. 15-19 at the McAuley Aquatics Center.

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