February 17, 2021
Noles Off to Solid Start at ACCs

GREENSBORO, N.C.  – The RV Florida State women’s swimming and diving team had a strong showing in two relays at the 2021 ACC Championships on Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Seminoles opened the night by winning the second heat of the 200 medley relay from lane two behind sophomore Tania Quaglieri, junior Hannah Womer and seniors Elise Olsen and Rebecca Moynihan with an NCAA provisional time of 1:36.97.

FSU would finish the race fourth overall behind Virginia, NC State and Louisville after dropping nearly two seconds from their seed time (1:38.90).

Quaglieri also clocked her career best 50 back split at 24.26, which was the fastest leadoff in the race in school history.

“We had an amazing 200 medley relay,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The ladies came in and crushed it and moved us up big time. We had great splits across the board and a special 21.6 from our captain to anchor it home.”

The Noles came back in the 800 free relay to finish eighth behind freshman Phoebe Griffiths, Quaglieri, Womer, and junior Kertu Alnek with a time of 7:13.57.

Griffiths led off with a personal best in the 200 free at 1:46.54, which is the second fastest time in school history behind the record holder Katilyn Dressel at 1:45.13, which was set back in 2015.

“That race was a huge improvement for us from last year,” Studd said. “We dropped nine seconds. The 200 free is a new event for Tania and she was awesome. Hannah was solid too, but her 50 breast split in the medley was very nice.”

Men’s diving also took place on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Joshua Davidson finished in sixth place on 1-meter with a score of 332.20.

Davidson advanced to the final in third place after scoring 343.55 in prelims.

In finals, Davidson sat in seventh place before slipping to eighth after the third round. The Tomball, Texas, native, rallied and scored 58.50 points on his front 2 ½ somersault to move back into seventh.

Davidson added 54.00 points on his front 3 ½ in the fifth round to climb to sixth, before finishing with a 69.50-scoring inward 2 ½ for a total of 332.20.

Freshman Darwin Nolasco finished in 12th place, scoring 306.20, while his classmate Jesco Helling scored 17th place points at 292.90.

“Our guys had a solid first day,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Darwin and Jesco were right on the brink of making finals as freshmen. They have both improved so much. Josh was his usual old faithful self and did a good job in prelims, just wasn’t able to finish it off today. All three are very much looking forward to 3-meter tomorrow.”

“Overall it was a great start for us,” Studd added. “We are going to make the most of it and compete hard tomorrow.”

Individual races for the RV Seminoles will start on Thursday at 11 a.m. and will feature the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. The top 24 swimmers in each race will compete in finals starting at 7 p.m. Men’s 3-meter prelims will begin at 12 p.m.

After three events, the Seminoles are in 10th place with a score of 96 points.

The meet will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and live timing will be available through meet mobile. Live scoring for diving will be available on divemeets.com.

No spectators will be allowed at the meet.

ACC Network Extra Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 18 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Friday, Feb. 19 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Saturday, Feb. 20 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | ACC Network Extra


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