February 25, 2022

Noles Head to Last Chance Invite

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Members of the No. 21/24 Florida State swimming and diving teams will be racing at the UGA Last Chance Invite in Athens, Ga., at the Gabrielsen Natatorium from Feb. 25-26.

“We’re excited to see some more fast swims,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’ll see if we can get a couple more to NCAAs, including that women’s 200 free relay.”

Prelims will start at 10 a.m., both days, while finals will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Live timing will be available via Meet Mobile.


Saturday’s Events:

200 free relay

100 fly

500 free

200 IM

50 free

200 back

100 breast

200 free


Sunday’s Events:

400 IM

100 free

200 fly

200 breast

100 back

1650 free


ACC Swimming and Diving Recap

For the first time in conference history, the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships were held together from Feb. 15-19 at the McAuley Aquatics Center.

The Seminoles set four FSU records and had 21 top-10 program swims.

The women’s 200 medley relay earned bronze and lowered their NCAA qualifying time to 1:35.40 behind Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden and Rebecca Moynihan.

Additionally, the women secured NCAA consideration times in the 400 free as well as the 400 medley relays. The 200 free relay just missed the ‘B’ standard after posting a 1:29.39 (1:29.21) at ACCs for sixth place.

Edith Jernstedt and Nina Kucheran competed in championship heats in their individual events. Kucheran placed fourth in the 100 breast behind a career best of 59.02, while Jernstedt took seventh in the 200 fly, securing her best time at 1:55.80.

Kucheran also lowered her school record to 1:56.68 in prelims of the 200 IM. She placed 11th in the race at 1:56.78.

The No. 24 women placed eighth with a score of 549 points, while the No. 21 men finished sixth at 676.

The men’s 200 medley relay also took bronze, lowering its school record (1:23.15) behind Mason Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi.

In addition to the 200 medley relay, the Seminoles have automatically qualified for NCAAs in the 200 and 400 free relays and have consideration times in the 400 medley and 800 free relays.

Yordan Yanchev broke one of the oldest FSU swimming records in the books, touching at 4:14.16 in the 500 free, erasing Kyle Young’s mark that was set at 4:14.60 in 2009.

Arijus Pavlidi and Mason Herbet also competed in swimming championship finals.

Bastian Wins ACC Postgraduate Scholarship

On Wednesday, Izaak Bastian was named one of three Seminoles to win the 2022 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.

Academically, Bastian is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and three-time All-ACC academic team selection. Bastian was also selected to the 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for At-Large sports. He is a four-time FSU President’s List honoree and three-time Dean’s List selection.

Including Bastian, FSU has had 67 win the award since 1994.

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Herbet finished seventh after clocking his career best in prelims at 45.90. He went faster in the lead-off leg of the 400 medley relay, touching at 45.85.

Pavlidi challenged the 200 back school record (1:41.11), finishing eighth at 1:41.30 after swimming a personal best in prelims at 1:41.23.

David Vargas led the way in diving, competing in two championship finals.

Varjas finished fifth on 3-meter (373.00) and his teammate Jesco Helling followed in sixth (362.80).

He also placed fifth on platform with a score of 363.65.

Varjas, Helling, and several others will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Zone B Championships in Atlanta, Ga., from March 9-11.

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