TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State swimmers Nina Kucheran and Aryanna Fernandes competed at the 2020 Canadian Olympic Trials at the Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto, Ontario . Both Seminoles raced in the final heats of both of their events.
Kucheran turned in a personal best time in the 200m breast, clocking 2:27.34 for fourth place. Earlier in the meet, FSU’s team captain touched in sixth with a time of 1:08.59 in the 100m breast, which was just off her best time (1:08.51).
Both swims for Kucheran were FINA B standards.
Fernandes competed in the 100m and 200m fly. She placed sixth in the 100m fly on the first night of competition at 1:00.50, dropping 0.66 off her seeded time. Fernandes came back and touched in seventh place in the 200m fly at 2:16.74, which was just off her best (2:16.47).
“Nina and Aryanna had a great meet,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They battled adversity and chose to stay at home in Canada for the year. Their trials kept getting pushed back because of COVID and they continued to adjust. I am proud of what they did this year and I can’t wait to have them back here in Tallahassee.”
Senior Emma Terebo also competed at the French National Championships, that took place from June 15-20. Terebo raced in three events, earning a pair of second swims.
Terebo started the meet by tying for seventh place in the 100m back with a time of 1:02.49 after posting a 1:02.35 in the prelim swim. She was also 16th in the 50m free at 25.99, which was a career best.
Terebo also competed in the 50m back prelims, touching eighth at 29.57.
Muratovic Selected for Tokyo
Florida State alum Emir Muratovic was selected to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 100m free.
A five-time national record holder, Muratovic claimed the standard in the 100m free at 49.37 at the Banja Luka Open in 2019.
Muratovic competed at the 2019 FINA World Championships where he set the national record in the 50m free at 22.56.
Both swims earned him a consideration for the Olympics.
Muratovic was a member of the Florida State swimming and diving team from 2015-19. He was a three-time All-American in 2019 on relays and helped the Noles claim gold in the 200 free relay at the ACC Championships. Muratovic is a part of the 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relay school records that were set in 2019.
“I’m so happy for Emir,” Studd said. “Making the Olympics is a dream come true for any swimmer. It’s the highest achievement in our sport and I am so proud of him for continuing his career and achieving that goal.”
Muratovic joins Katrina Young (USA), Ida Hulkko (Finland) and Julio Horrego (Honduras) as former Noles from the FSU swimming and diving team at the Olympics.
FSU head diving coach John Proctor will also be heading to his second Olympics as a personal coach for Team USA.
After competing in the European Championships for Bulgaria, Yordan Yanchev will also race in the Bulgarian Open (June 24-27). Izaak Bastian will be swimming at the Bahamas National Championships, looking to qualify for the Olympic Games (June 24-27).
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