TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams sparked the start of its season with five victories on the first day of the All-Florida Invite at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The women won both relays and added two individual victories amassing 324 points after six events, leading Florida by one point, while senior Tyler Roberge dominated men’s 3-meter diving.
“It’s really exciting to be in the lead after the first day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Winning both of those women’s relays was awesome. We had some great swims across the board for it being so early in the season.”
Florida State started the session with a victory in the 200 free relay behind sophomore Nika Blank, junior Leila Johnston, freshman Elise Olsen and senior Alexi Smith with a time of 1:32.71, edging out Florida (1:32.84).
Smith picked up her first win of the season in the 50 free, touching with a time of 23.03. Olsen followed in fourth place (23.86) while Blank grabbed sixth (23.97).
The Seminoles were also strong on the boards as sophomore Ayla Bonniwell won 1-meter with a score of 299.33. Molly Carlson placed third (291.90) and Blaire Mulka followed in fourth (285.45).
Newcomer Shelly Drozda led the way for the Noles in the 500 free, touching with a time of 4:59.31 in fourth and junior Alex Wittman followed in fifth at 5:02.50. Freshman Kathryn Petrone made her debut in the Garnet and Gold with a seventh place finish at 5:07.00.
Three newcomers paced the Noles in the 200 IM at finals, led by rookie Kile Carriger in fourth, touching at 2:06.24. Elizabeth Zubero (2:08.98) placed sixth and Ana Zortea (2:11.58) was seventh.
The women closed out the session with a comeback win in the 400 medley relay with the team of freshman Madeline Cohen, senior Natalie Pierce, Johnston and Smith at 3:42.32. Smith out-split Florida’s anchor by over one-second to steal the victory.
The men finished the day with a total of 324 points, trailing Florida (367).
The Seminoles swept 3-meter diving, led by Roberge, who won the event with a score of 351.30 and freshman Joshua Davidson followed in second at 337.07. Sophomore Aidan Faminoff rounded out the sweep, scoring 327.23 for third.
The Noles also scored big points in the 50 free as senior Chad Mylin took silver after being the top seed in prelims at 20.07 behind world champion, Caeleb Dressel (19.21). Kanoa Kaleoaloha followed in third (20.39) and Emir Muratovic was fourth (20.68). Will Pisani also grabbed sixth with a time of 20.83.
Mylin, Muratovic, Kaleoaloha and Pisani teamed up to finish second to start the session in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:19.79.
Sophomore Griffin Alaniz turned the fastest time for the Seminoles in the 500 free, finishing fifth at 4:36.90 and freshman Ryan Telford was the top FSU swimmer in the 200 IM, also touching in fifth at 1:53.15.
Saturday’s prelims will start at 9 a.m. and will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Women’s 3-meter diving and men’s 1-meter diving will start at 2 p.m. Finals will begin at 4 p.m. The 200 medley and 800 free relays will be contested at finals.
Live updates can be found on Twitter through @GatorsSwimDv in lieu of live timing. Results are also on meet mobile.
The Seminoles will face both Florida and ACC foe Miami in dual meets later in the season in January.
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