GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2021 Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close on Saturday night for the RV Florida State swimming and diving team at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
The Seminoles had 10 scoring individual swims in addition to the 400 free relay on the final night of the meet in order to jump No. 13 North Carolina (516.5) and Georgia Tech (498) to finish in seventh place with a score of 551.
“We finished off really well,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Passing two teams in overall points and we only scored four points less than last year without divers and we DQed a relay. We’re really excited for the future of this team.”
Junior Maddie McDonald led off the night with a personal best time in the 200 back at (NCAA B) 1:55.33 for 11th overall. The time moves her up to third on the FSU All-Time Top 10 list.
The Seminoles had six swimmers score in the 100 free for the first time in school history.
In the consolation heat, sophomore Tania Quaglieri, junior Kertu Alnek and senior Rebecca Moynihan qualified next to each other in lanes one, two and three while freshman Zsofia Kurdi swam in lane six.
Quaglieri used that early speed from the outside and held on to win the heat with a career best of 49.17, just ahead of Moynihan in second at 49.26.
Quaglieri’s time now ranks her fifth in school history, while Moynihan is seventh. Both are NCAA provisional times.
Kurdi also clocked a personal best at 49.45 placing 13th with an NCAA B standard, just ahead of Alenk in 14th at 49.58.
In the bonus heat, senior Emma Terebo also went out for the lead from lane one and would touch first behind a season best of 49.23. Sophomore Jenny Halden placed 24th at 50.34 after clocking a 50.22 in prelims.
Junior Hannah Womer swam a personal best in the 200 fly in prelims of 1:58.97 in order to qualify for the C-Final. At night, Womer was off her seed time, finishing 23rd at 2:00.44. Her morning swim is the eighth fastest in school history.
In the early heats of the 1650 free, freshman Phoebe Griffiths swam her best time at 16:33.57 for 11th place just ahead of sophomore Maggie Emary in 14th at 16:39.39, who also swam her lifetime best after a strong back half of the race.
Griffiths’ time was good for seventh on the FSU All-Time Top 10 list.
The team of Kurdi, Terebo, Alnek and Moynihan closed out the night finishing fifth in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:17.43.
Freshmen Darwin Nolasco and Jesco Helling competed in the men’s platform event this afternoon. Nolasco took ninth place, while Helling scored 13th place points.
“For being freshmen and having to train all year in a pandemic, they did a really good job today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Darwin was just two points out of the final and Jesco just went out there and did a list without training.”
After his first two dives from 5-meter, Nolasco was near last place with a total of 67.50 points, however on his next three dives from 10-meter, he received marks between 5.5-6.5 in order to climb into 13th place with one round to go.
Nolasco finished with a 6.0-scoring back 2 ½ somersault twister that went for 57.60 points, bringing his total to 298.80 for ninth place, just under two points shy of the final.
“Darwin was one dive away from that final,” Proctor said. “When he got here, he needed to learn how to do a few dives. If he gets 4.0’s instead of 2.0’s on that back 2 ½ from 5-meter, he’s in that final. But he got back on track with his next dive and he climbed out of that hole. The rest of his dives were solid.”
Helling has been sidelined all season from platform due to injury, however the German felt he could compete.
“He came to me after 3-meter and said he wanted to try platform,” Proctor added. “He did a lead up on 5-meter and didn’t feel any pain and wanted to go today. So he threw together a list and wasn’t too far off the final either.”
Doing all six rounds from 5-meter, Helling scored 6.0 on five of his dives for a total of 293.50.
The men’s swimming portion of the meet will take over on Wednesday, Feb. 24 with the 200 medley and 800 free relays.
No spectators will be allowed at the meet.
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