TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seven Florida State swimmers wrapped up competition at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday. The eight-day meet was highlighted with records from Emir Muratovic and Tayla Lovemore.
“It was exciting to see our Seminoles compete at the World Championships,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We always want to provide an environment where dreams of competing for their countries and thriving at the highest level become reality. I’m proud of what we have done here at FSU to make these things possible for our student-athletes.”
In addition to Muratovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Lovemore (South Africa), Vladimir Stefanik (Slovakia), Izaak Bastian (Bahamas), Will Pisani (Canada), Lauren Hew (Cayman Islands) and Ida Hulkko (Finland) were in action at the meet.
Coming off her two golds at the World University Games (July 4-10) in Naples, Italy, Lovemore competed in three relays. She started the meet by helping South Africa to a new African Record in the 4x100m free relay with a time of 3:43.35 behind a 56.21 split for 18th place.
The Durban, native also split 59.34 in the fly leg of the 4x100m medley relay and anchored the 4x100m mixed free relay, clocking a time of 56.30. Both relay squads for South Africa finished 17th.
Muratovic clocked a personal best in the 50m free with a time of 22.56, which lowered his national record for Bosnia and Herzegovina, tying him for 34th. Muratovic also tied for 37th in the 50m back (25.95) and 35th in the 100m free (49.59).
Hulkko swam in her second World Championship 50m breast final, finishing eighth with a time of 31.23.
Out of prelims, Hulkko qualified for semifinals in eighth place at 30.73 before advancing to finals in sixth after turning in a time of 30.61. Hulkko was 19th in the 100m breast with at time of 1:08.34 and also split a 1:07.35 in the 100m breast leg of the 4x100m medley relay, helping Finland place 18th.
Representing Slovakia, Stefanik placed 42nd in the 50m fly (24.47), tied for 52nd in the 50m free (23.06) and finished 49th in the 100m free (50.27).
Hew competed at her first World Championships for the Cayman Island, finishing 56th in the 100m free (59.57) and 51st in the 50m free (27.26). She also was the anchor of the 4x100m mixed free relay, splitting a time of 59.74 and helping the Cayman Islands to a 24th place finish.
Bastian swam a time of 1:03.60 in the 100m breast for 58th place and also touched in 49th in the 50m breast (28.98) for the Bahamas.
Pisani was a member of Canada’s 4x100m free relay team that finished 13th with a time of 3:15.06. Pisani went third and split a time of 49.21.
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