ATLANTA, Ga. – The nationally-ranked (No.19/22) Florida State swimming and diving teams had 17 performances in ‘A’ finals along with several strong relays on the second night of the Georgia Tech Invite at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
“We had another good day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some great swims. We’re excited with how the team is doing and we’re looking forward to a big last day.”
The men’s 200 medley relay started the night off by dropping almost three seconds from its seed time, touching with a NCAA provisional mark of 1:25.24 behind senor Will Pisani, freshman Izaak Bastian, senior Kanoa Kaleoaloha and freshman Kuba Ksiazek for third place.
“It’s another (NCAA) cut down,” Studd added. “We also had some awesome ‘B’ relays too, showing our good depth.”
The men’s team was also represented in the top heats of each individual race on Friday night. Sophomore Ryan Telford and junior Max Polianski started the night off in the ‘A’ final of the 400 IM. Telford placed seventh (3:52.61) ahead of Polianski in ninth (3:54.51).
Seeded 10th in the 200 free, Ksiazek dropped time off his prelim swim to move up and place seventh with a mark of 1:36.60.
Pisani and Kaleoaloha both had busy days, swimming five races each. Kaleoaloha led the Noles in the 100 fly, winning bronze with a time of 46.54 ahead of Pisani at 47.21. Both swims were NCAA ‘B’ times. Polianski joined the two seniors in the top heat on short rest, finishing in 10th (50.43) after posting a 47.81 in prelims.
Pisani came back and competed in the top heat of the 100 back, tying for seventh at 48.04 after he clocked a 47.26 in prelims which was a personal best. It was also the fifth fastest time in school history.
Bastian led the Noles in the 100 breast after turning in a personal best of 54.16 for sixth place.
Freshman Kertu Alnek added another top performance in FSU history as she placed seventh in the 100 fly (53.87) after posting a time of 53.78 in prelims which marks the eighth fastest swim all-time.
In the women’s 100 breast, both freshman Nina Kucheran and senior Natalie Purnell posted NCAA ‘B’ standards as Kucheran won silver at 1:00.31 while Purnell clocked a personal best at 1:01.02.
Kuchearn’s swim was the third fastest in FSU history, while Purnell remained in ninth.
The Seminoles had three in the top heat of the women’s 100 back, led by freshman Maddie McDonald (53.87) in seventh place after she swam a best time of 53.82 in prelims marking the eighth fastest swim in school history. Sophomore Madeline Cohen followed in ninth (54.54) and sophomore Emma Terebo (54.73) took 10th.
On the boards, FSU had three student-athletes compete in finals.
Sophomore Joshua Davidson turned in a season high score of 372.00 on 3-meter, finishing in fourth place ahead of junior Cameron Thatcher in ninth at 336.20. Freshman Grace Cable continued to have a solid meet, winning bronze on 1-meter with a score of 290.55.
“We did some good things today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “I think we’re taking steps forward and we’re working to get better. We saw some improvements today. We still have some gas left in the tank for platform tomorrow, so we’ll get after it.”
Sophomore Jackson Lucas scored points in the men’s 400 IM, finishing 16th with a time of 3:54.47.
Junior Vladimir Stefanik turned in the eighth fastest swim in school history at 47.13, winning the B final ahead of freshman Max McCusker (47.34), who followed in 12th place. Rookie Cooper DeRyk also added a 19th place finish (49.26) after he posted a time of 48.28 in prelims, which ties his career best.
Junior Rudo Loock added another ‘B’ final victory, taking the 200 free (1:37.26) ahead of juniors Alex Cronin (1:37.67) in 13th, Griffin Alaniz (1:37.78) in 14th and Stefanik in 20th (1:41.38).
FSU had three racing in the consolation heat of the 100 breast, as sophomore Julio Horrego made it three ‘B’ final wins in a row, touching in 11th at 54.36 ahead of sophomore Jackson Seith in 17th (55.32) and Kaleoaloha (56.41) in 20th.
Muratovic raced in the ‘B’ final of the 100 back, touching in 13th at 48.32.
The Seminoles closed out the evening by placing fourth in the 800 free relay behind Loock, Cronin, Alaniz and Stefanik, who touched with a time of 6:32.21.
Sophomore Elise Olsen, junior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp, freshman Hannah Womer and senior Leila Johnston added points in the B final of the women’s 100 fly as Olsen took 12th (53.84), followed by Schendelaar-Kemp in 13th (53.87) Womer in 19th (55.02) and Johnston in 20th (55.13).
Schendelaar-Kemp adds her name to the FSU top 10 in 10th, after posting her personal best at 53.87
After swimming five races on Thursday, freshman Laura Jensen came back and swam a personal best in her 200 free specialty, touching with at time of 1:47.33 for 12th place, marking the seventh fastest performance in FSU history.
Senior Shelly Drozda contributed 19th place points in the 100 back, touching at 55.51.
Florida State’s top women’s 200 medley relay finished seventh with a time of 1:39.89 behind Terebo, Kucheran, Johnston and Alnek. The 800 free relay of Terebo, Drozda, Alnek and Jensen ended the night with a ninth place finish at 7:24.16.
The 19th-ranked men solidified its place in second (606) behind No. 3 Florida (838.50) and ahead of No. 12 Alabama (465) and No. 17 Georgia Tech (479.50), while the 22nd-ranked women remain in fourth place with a total of 418.50. The 10th-ranked Gators lead (854.5) No. 12 Auburn (602.50) and Alabama (446.50).
Saturday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and platform diving. The 1650 free will begin at 3:30 with the top heat swimming with finals starting at 5:30 p.m. The 400 free relay will close out the meet and will be swum with finals.
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