February 26, 2020
Noles Smash Records, Win Medals 🥈🥉on Opening Night of ACCs

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 14 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team started off the swimming portion of the ACC Championships in record-setting fashion on Wednesday night by winning silver in the 200 medley relay and bronze in the 800 free relay.

“It was an amazing first night for us,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was a great team environment. Two medals, an (NCAA) A cut and two records in one race, you just love to see it!”

The team of freshman Peter Varjasi, sophomore Jakub Ksiazek, freshman Aziz Ghaffari and senior Vladimir Stefanik set a new program record in the 800 free relay for bronze with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6:15.94, which was almost three seconds faster than the mark that was set last season at 6:18.35.

It was the first podium appearance in the race since the 2010 meet when the Noles also won bronze.

Peter Varjasi

 

Varjasi, in his first ACC Championship swim, led off the relay with a school record split of 1:32.76 in the 200 free, eclipsing the mark that was set by Ksiazek back in November (1:33.89).

The Seminoles opened the night be earning a spot on the podium in the 200 medley relay for the second straight ACCs, taking second behind senior Griffin Alaniz along with sophomores Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Ksiazek with an NCAA provisional time of 1:24.51.

FSU originally took third, however a disqualification on Louisville gave the Noles the silver.

The 200 medley relay celebrates silver

With the two relays and men’s 3-meter factored into the team scores, the Seminoles are in second place with a total of 155 points behind No.5 NC State.

Senior Max Polianski swam a time trial of the 200 fly, clocking a time of 1:42.35, which was right on the mark that was invited to the 2019 NCAAs.

Prelims on Thursday will feature the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free at 10 a.m. The top 24 from each event will advance to finals at 6 p.m., which will air on the ACC Network Extra with Dave Armstrong and legendary swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines on the call.

Thursday

Prelims – 10 a.m.

500 free, 200 IM, 50 free

Finals – 6 p.m.

500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=2c65c463-a1cc-44f8-a7e4-76cff9f1b916

Results: http://sidearmstats.com/acc/swimming/index.htm

Friday

Prelims – 10 a.m.

100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back

Finals – 6 p.m.

100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=0af9537d-2560-4476-824f-1737c4c18c76

Results: http://sidearmstats.com/acc/swimming/index.htm

 

Saturday

Prelims – 10 a.m.

200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free

Finals – 6 p.m.

1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay

Watch: http://www.espn.com/watch?id=d7ab6ca5-2fd9-428d-88cb-e791e993770d

Results: http://sidearmstats.com/acc/swimming/index.htm

 

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