February 23, 2018
Noles Fueled by 14 Scoring Swims on Friday

GREENSBORO, N.C. –  The No. 20 Florida State swimming and diving team was fueled by 14 scoring swims on Friday of the 2018 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Sophomore Felipe Ribeiro de Souza qualified for the championship heat of the 200 free in fourth place after swimming a personal best and second fastest time in school history at 1:34.65.

Racing in lane six in finals, Ribeiro de Souza held his place in his first career ‘A’ final, touching at 1:34.91.

“Felipe was great today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Two 1:34’s for us and just off the school record, he swam well. We are very excited for his 100 free tomorrow.”

Earlier in the meet, Ribeiro de Souza’s split a time of  1:34.19 in the 800 free relay and helped the Seminoles set a new school record by almost three seconds at 6:22.78.

The Seminoles ended the night with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay, dropping over one second off their seeded time, touching at 3:09.33 behind senior Connor Kalisz, freshman Ryan Telford along with juniors Kanoa Kaleoaloha and Will Pisani.

After the breaststroke leg, the Noles were in eighth place but thanks to splits of 45.98 and 42.28 from Kaleoaloha and Pisani, Florida State was pulled up to fifth.

“Kanoa has been on this week,” Studd said. “He was just a hair off of the 2017 NCAA invited time in the 100 fly.”

Kanoa Kaleoaloha

“Kanoa has been on this week,” Studd said. “He was just a hair off of the 2017 NCAA invited time in the 100 fly.”

All four swimmers that competed in the 100 fly made it back to finals, led by Kaleoaloha, who finished 10th overall with a time of 46.06 ahead of Pisani in 14th at 46.84.

Both Kaleoaloha and Pisani went faster than their prelim times and their final marks rank third and fifth respectively in school history.

Sophomores John Mataxas and Vladimir Stefanik also swam faster in finals, as Mataxas clocked a 47.33 tying for 20th place ahead of Stefanik in 23rd at 47.45. Mataxas was able to break into the FSU all-time list, ranking 10th in school history.

In the 400 IM, sophomore Max Polianski worked out of lane eight in the consolation heat, touching with a time of 3:51.08 for 16th place after swimming near his best in prelims at 3:49.77.

Sophomore Rudo Loock joined Ribeiro de Souza in the finals of the 200 free, surging to the lead in the front half of the race and would go on the place second in the ‘C’ final with a personal best of 1:35.92, ranking fifth in FSU history.


Ryan Telford

Both Noles that competed in the 100 breast advanced to the ‘C’ final. Telford swam his best time and 10th fastest in school history in order to win the heat at 54.02, while senior Matt Ankerholz followed in fourth at 54.33. Ankerholz swam his best time in the morning heats at 54.06.

Kalisz was the top finisher in the 100 back, placing 13th with a time of 47.25 ahead of sophomore Nate Samson in 14th at 47.39. In the bonus heat, junior Emir Muratovic finished 18th clocking 47.65, which was a personal best swim ahead of senior Chad Mylin in 19th at 48.02. Muratovic joined Kalisz, Samson and Mylin on the all-time top 10 list, as his time ranks him ninth.

“We had another solid day,” Studd said. “We need to come out tomorrow and battle in the morning.”

Florida State is in fifth place with a total of 583.5, just 15 points away from No. 23 Virginia in fourth (598.5). No. 5 NC State leads with 1,020 followed by No. 15 Louisville (802) and No. 19 Notre Dame (624).

Saturday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. The 1650 free will start at 4 p.m. and finals will follow at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on WatchESPN. The 400 free relay will close out the meet.

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