February 19, 2022

Noles Close out ACC Championships Strong


ATLANTA, Ga. – The 2022 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close on Saturday night at the McAuley Aquatics Center with No. 21/24 Florida State contributing more personal bests in addition to an NCAA automatic time.

Arijus Pavlidi qualified for his first ACC Championship final by swimming the second-fastest time in the 200 back at 1:41.23 in prelims, which was just off the school record set by Andy Hodgson in 2009 at 1:41.11. His swim was also under the 2021 NCAA invited cut time.

At night, Pavlidi worked in a fast field, touching in eighth place at 1:41.30.

The men’s team closed out the meet by securing the NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 400 free relay behind Peter Varjasi, Jokubas Keblys, Mason Herbet and Max McCusker at 2:50.15.

Working out of heat two, Varjasi led off at 42.74 and Keblys contributed a 42.91 in his first relay appearance. The Seminoles secured the win thanks to a strong back half, where Herbet split 42.42 and McCusker anchored at 42.08. The squad would place fifth overall.

“We had a great last day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “There was a lot of excitement, and we had some good relays to finish out the meet. The team gave everything they had today, and we had fun doing it.”

Pia Murray led the way for the Noles in the bonus heat of the women’s 200 back, clocking 1:55.80 for second place in the heat and 18th overall. Maddie McDonald followed in 22nd place, at 1:57.37.

The Seminoles were represented by three in the women’s 100 free finals. Rebecca Moynihan placed 14th at 49.39 and Zsofia Kurdi placed 16th (49.58) after turning in her best in prelims at 49.29.

Kurdi’s swim now ranks eighth in FSU history.

Gloria Muzito appeared in her first final, placing 21st at 49.82, which was her career best.

In the consolation heat of the men’s 100 free final, McCusker went out for the early lead, but touched in second place and 10th overall with a new career best of 42.57 ahead of Varjasi in 12th place (42.75).

Jakub Ksiazek finished in 19th place (43.35) and Keblys placed 24th (43.67) with his best time.

In the 200 breast, Maddy Huggins raced in the ‘B’ final, placing 15th at 2:13.65 after swimming a 2:13.26 in the morning heats.

Izaak Bastian won the bonus heat of the 200 breast by over one second, touching with a time of 1:55.36. Nevada Wood closed out his career by placing 21st at 1:57.09 following a career best in the morning heats a 1:56.23, which ranks fourth in FSU history.

The women’s 400 free relay closed out the night with a sixth place finish behind Kurdi, Moynihan, Muzito and Tania Quaglieri with a time of 3:15.80, which was just four one-hundredths shy of the school record set in 2014.

David Quirie swam in the last heat of the 1650 free, placing ninth at 15:12.96. Zach Smith (15:16.74) turned in his best swim for 12th and Sam Budd placed 14th (15:22.67), which was also his best.

The women scored three in the early heats of the mile, led by Phoebe Griffiths in 21st (16:49.98), followed by Emily Trieschmann in 23rd (16:53.00) and Sydney Boals in 24th (16:55.19).

Three Seminoles competed in the women’s platform prelims, all contributing season-high scores and points to the team total.

Izzy Gregersen and Vivian Johnson had a career day, competing in the thick of the competition for four rounds where both divers sat just inside the top eight.

Johnson put down her first three dives for totals about 55 points, her best coming in the third round, which was her back 2 ½ somersault pike from 10-meter for marks of 7.0 for 59.45.

Gregersen scored four of her five dives above 45 points, including her best in the third round. Her armstand 2 ½ twister went for marks of 6.5 for a total of 60.80.

Johnson and Gregersen fell just shy of the final in their first ACC platform competition by under two points as Johnson scored a total of 239.70 for ninth place and Gregersen (238.20) placed 10th.

Their teammate Victoria Cervantes also contributed 19th-place points, scoring 210.10.

The No. 24 women’s team finished in eighth place with a total of 549 points and the No. 21 men finished sixth at 676.

The ACC network will re-air Saturday’s final on Feb. 20, from 8:30 a.m- 12 p.m.

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