February 8, 2019
Noles Sparked by Season Bests at Auburn Invite

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The Florida State swimming and diving team got off to a fast start at the Auburn Invite on Friday at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.

“Today was a great start for us as a team,” FSU assistant coach Ozzie Quevedo said. “We had a lot of energy on deck form our swimmers and we had multiple career and season best times as well. We look forward to improving as a team tomorrow and as we move forward with championship season.”

The Seminoles won all three relays competed, opening the night with a victory in the women’s 200 free relay behind the team of freshman Lauren Hew, seniors Shelly Drozda and Fabiana Ingram along with sophomore Kile Carriger with a time of 1:34.02.

The men’s team followed with a win, touching at 1:23.10 with sophomore Oszkar Lavotha, freshman Charles Gijsendorfer, sophomore Paxton Rhoads and freshman Kyle DiMatteo.

Lavotha later finished fourth in the 50 free at 20.17, just off his career best time (20.13). Gijsendorfer tied for 16th (21.35) ahead of DiMatteo (21.36) in 18th.

FSU had four swimmers compete in finals of the 500 free, led by sophomore Hailey Ladd who finished in fifth place with a time of 4:54.51 after posting her season best of 4:53.91 in prelims. Junior Manuella Andrade followed in seventh (4:55.44), freshman Alexis Durlacher (4:57.28) took eighth and her classmate Maggie Emary (4:57.97) was 11th.

Senior Daniel Bis led the Noles in his final 500 free of his career, touching with a time of 4:28.26 for sixth place. Freshman John Yambor-Maul followed in ninth with a mark of 4:30.09, while rookies Richardo Roche and Matthew Strickland tied for 11th at 4:35.74.

Freshman Katherine Baker clocked a 2:04.43 in the 200 IM, which was a season best swim. Carriger followed in 12th with a mark of 2:07.90.

In the men’s 200 IM, freshman Nate Stadler led the way for the Noles, touching at 1:52.26 for eighth place, ahead of sophomore Chad McGuire (1:53.26) in ninth.

FSU had four compete in finals of the 50 free, led by Hew in 10th (23.40), followed by Ingram (23.75) in 14th, senior McKenna Keith (23.87) in 16th and sophomore Ana Zortea (23.90) in 17th place.

The women concluded the session with a win in the 400 medley relay behind sophomores Kara Coughlin, Bella English, Durlacher and Hew with a time of 3:46.67. Coughlin’s split of 55.78 was a personal best swim.

Following the meet, sophomore Paxton Rhoads swam a time trial of the 100 breast, clocking a personal best at 54.47.

Saturday’s prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with finals following at 5 p.m. (CT). Swimmers will compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. The 200 medley relay and 800 free relay will be swum with finals.

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