November 18, 2020

Noles Open Georgia Invite Strong


ATHENS, Ga.  –  The No. 18/RV Florida State swimming and diving teams opened the Georgia Invite on Wednesday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The Seminoles had four swimmers post times that rank in the all-time top 10 in program history, in addition to career best times.

“We had some really good swims tonight,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re very excited about how we’re racing and competing.”

The women started off the session by winning silver in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:29.54, behind freshman Zsofia Kurdi, Jenny Halden, senior Rebecca Moynihan and junior Kertu Alnek.

FSU was led by freshman Phoebe Griffiths in the 500 free in fifth place with an NCAA B standard time of 4:46.16, which is the fifth fastest time in school history.

Junior Maggie Emary was the winner in the consolation final, closing hard in the final 200 yards to secure here career best time at 4:49.31.

In the 200 IM, the Noles were led by junior Hannah Womer in eighth place, touching with a time of 2:02.22.  Freshman Ginevra Molino dropped two seconds from her prelim swim, taking second in the B final at 2:02.21.

The Seminoles showed their depth in the 50 free, having five in the top heat.  Halden led the way, winning bronze with an NCAA B time of 22.56, which is the fifth fastest all-time at FSU. Alnek followed in fourth (22.76), Moynihan in fifth (22.99), Kurdi in sixth (23.06) and senior Elise Olsen took eighth (23.43).

FSU ended the night by winning bronze in the 400 medley relay behind junior Emma Terebo, Kurdi, Halden and Alnek with a time of 3:37.97.

In the men’s 200 free relay, FSU finished third behind sophomore Peter Varjasi, junior Jakub Ksiazek, freshman Mason Herbet and junior Max McCusker with a time of 1:18.84.

Sophomore Aziz Ghaffari worked from lane eight of the championship heat of the 500 free, turning in his personal best swim at 4:16.59, which was an NCAA B standard. Ghaffari still ranks as the third fastest swimmer in the race in school history.

Freshman Will Hoogenboom also swam a personal best in the 500 free, behind an NCAA B standard of 4:23.27 for 12th place.

The Noles had three swimmers in the top heat of the 200 IM, led by Mason in sixth (1:46.90), sophomore Nick Vance in seventh (1:47.13) behind a new personal best and senior Jackson Lucas in eighth (1:48.21), who posted his best time in prelims at 1:48.18.

Mason’s swim was also his best time, qualifying as the ninth best in program history.

In the 50 free, Varjasi won bronze with a time of (NCAA B) 19.75 after clocking a 19.65 in prelims. Ksiazek followed in sixth place (19.98), while McCusker placed seventh (20.08) and sophomore Blake Moran (20.17) was eighth.

FSU’s top 400 medley relay team was disqualified, however the Seminoles scored fourth place points behind Jackson, senior Paxton Rhoads, sophomore Domen Demsar, and Moran with a time of 3:13.76.

The Seminoles had a great day on the boards, picking up three wins.

Senior Joshua Davidson turned in a season best score of 353.10 on 1-meter and freshman Jesco Helling finished in fourth place with a tally of 332.10, which was also his best.

In the women’s 3-meter, freshman Samantha Vear won with a total of 291.00 ahead of rookie Kayleigh Clark in fifth (261.60) and Vivian Johnson in seventh (253.85).

Freshman Darwin Nolasco competed in the men’s 10-meter platform for the first time this season, scoring 280.05 for the win.

“I’m pretty happy with what these guys did after such a short time training,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “I think it speaks to the culture they have created and the environment they come to every day. This is one of the hardest-working, positive groups I’ve ever had. I let their leashes out a little bit for this meet, but we’ve got another day to go and so far we’re rolling pretty good.”


The Meet

Prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. with finals following at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Finals on Friday will start at 5 p.m.  Diving events will occur at 12 p.m. on Thursday.

After the first day, the women are in second place (383), while the men are in third (323).

No spectators will be allowed, however, all sessions will be streamed via the SEC Network+. Live results will also be available through the meet mobile app.

Thursday’s Links:

Prelims (9:30 AM)

Diving (12 PM)

Finals (5 PM)

Live Results


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