ATLANTA, Ga. – The 2022 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships continued Friday at the McAuley Aquatics Center with the No. 21/24 Florida State swimming and diving teams represented in four championships heats.
The No. 24 women were led by captain Nina Kucheran, who placed fourth in the 100 breast behind a personal best of 59.04 and freshman Edith Jernstedt placing seventh in the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.80.
Mason Herbet took seventh in the 100 back (46.43), but later turned in his career best while leading off the 400 medley relay at 45.85.
David Vargas ended the individual events for the night by placing fifth in the men’s platform with a total of 363.65.
“Tonight was exciting,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some huge personal bests. Edith got the night going with an awesome 200 fly and Nina put together two great individual swims and was fantastic on the relay. Mason had a great morning swim to get him in the final and just really proud of those guys for leading our team tonight.”
Jernstedt swam a personal best in the morning heats at 1:56.42, qualifying for the championship final in eighth place.
At night, Jernstedt held her own in the outside lane and swam faster and moved up to place seventh, posting a time of 1:55.80, which is nearly two seconds under the cut that was invited to the 2021 NCAA meet.
Jernstedt is the first Seminole since 2014 to compete in the 200 fly ‘A’ final. She now holds the second-fastest time in school history after dropping almost three seconds from her entry time.
Kucheran contributed her best in the prelims, qualifying for the top heat at 59.34 in fifth place. In finals, the Canadian put together another career best performance, moving up to take fourth at 59.02. She still holds the third-fastest time in school history.
Herbet also swam his best time in prelims (45.90) to qualify in fifth place. At night, Herbet was slightly off his time and slipped to seventh.
Vargas qualified in third place out of prelims at 364.20 after he ended his round with an 85.10-scoring dive.
In the first two rounds of in finals, Vargas improved his scores on both dives after missing both in prelims. However, Vargas sat in seventh place at 108.80 in a very tight eight-man field.
Vargas stayed in seventh until the fourth round, after his reverse 3 ½ somersault scored 69.70 points, which pushed him up to fifth.
Vargas would close out the round in fifth, despite scoring 66.60 points on his final dive, a front 4 ½ somersault tuck – a dive that no Florida State athlete has ever competed.
The Mexico City, native, finished with a tally of 363.65.
“David had a solid final,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “He missed a couple of dives in prelims, but he came back with some incredible dives to close it out. He performs one of the toughest platform lists out of any diver. He’s really hit the ground running since he came to Tallahassee and he’s only going to get better. This was a pretty good start to his FSU career.”
In addition to Jernstedt, Aryanna Fernandes competed in the bonus heat of the 200 fly. She turned in a season best, touching in 21st place at 1:58.62.
Zach Smith also put forth two career-best efforts, qualifying for the bonus heat in the men’s 200 fly at 1:45.95. At night, Smith went faster, touching in 22nd place at 1:45.84. The performance ranks eighth all-time.
Tania Quaglieri swam her season best in the women’s 100 back, working out of lane one of the consolation heat, touching at 52.45. Pia Murray added 23rd place points at 53.96 and Maddie McDonald followed in 24th at 54.20.
Arijus Pavlidi and Connor Lowery earned second swims in the 100 back after establishing new career bests in prelims.
Pavlidi dropped even more time at night, placing 14th with a time of 46.32, which is an NCAA provisional time. Lowery was 22nd at 47.29.
Both times were faster than their morning swims and Pavlidi now ranks fifth in the race in school history.
Maddy Huggins was another Seminole to post a career best time, touching at 1:00.64 in the 100 breast for 13th place. She still holds the eighth-fasts performance in FSU history.
Swimming in the consolation heat of the men’s 100 breast, Izaak Bastian made a push in the final 50 yards, but finished second in the heat at 53.28 for 10th place overall.
Nevada Wood also etched his name in 10th on the FSU all-time top 10 list by clocking 53.78 in prelims. In finals, Wood touching 23rd just off the morning mark at 53.86.
Jesco Helling (310.75) and Darwin Nolasco (300.95) added 12th and 14th place points in the men’s platform diving competition.
Quaglieri, Kucheran, Jenny Halden and Rebecca Moynihan turned in an NCAA B standard in the 400 medley relay, placing sixth at 3:33:10.
The men’s team followed by taking seventh place behind Herbet, Bastian, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi at 3:06.56, which is also an NCAA provisional standard.
“We had a better morning than yesterday,” Studd added. “We had some best times and had a few folks move up from their seeds at finals. We’re must match that tomorrow. We’ve got to get it done in the morning and have a strong last day.”
Prelims will start at 10 a.m. with the 200 back, 100 free and 200 breast, with the top 24 advancing to finals. Women’s platform diving prelims will start at 12:30 p.m. and the top eight will advance to finals.
Heats of the 1650 free will begin at 3:30 p.m. David Quirie will compete in the final heat of the mile, which will be swam with finals, starting at 6 p.m.
The women are in eighth place with a total of 401 points, while the men sit in sixth at 504.
All sessions will be available to watch through the ACC Network Extra. The ACC network will re-air certain sessions throughout the week:
Sat., Feb. 19: 8-11 a.m. ET (Day 4 Finals)
Sun., Feb. 20: 8:30 a.m.-Noon ET (Day 5 Finals)
ACCNX BROADCAST LINKS
Prelims, 10 a.m. – https://noles.co/3GQo7JZ
Finals, 3:30 p.m. – https://noles.co/3sJoCk4
Finals, 6 p.m. – https://noles.co/3JyzVCv