January 20, 2021

Noles Split Top 25 Showdown Against Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.  –  The No. 16/22 Florida State swimming and diving teams split a top 25 contest with No. 22/19 Auburn at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.

The 16th-ranked men’s team defeated the No. 22 Tigers, 180-120 to remain unbeaten in 2020-21 at 5-0, 1-0 ACC. The victory was also the first over Auburn in program history, snapping an 18-meet losing streak that began on Feb. 2, 1975.

It was also the first ranked win since the Noles defeated No. 21 Minnesota 179-121 on Oct. 7. 2017.

“It was of course amazing to get the men’s first win over Auburn,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had so many of our top guys out, so this win was even more special because it was a real team effort.”

Florida State won 13 of the 16 events competed, starting off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay behind the team of freshman Mason Herbet along with juniors Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Jakub Ksiazek with a time of 1:28.08.

The Tigers answered with a one-two showing in the 1000 free and a win in the 200 free, but the Noles picked up major momentum, winning the remaining four events before the break, including two one-two punches.

Herbet (48.09) and senior Jackson Lucas (49.25) teamed up and placed first and second in the 100 back, before Bastian squeezed out the win the 100 breast with a time of 54.56.

Sophomore Nick Vance and freshman Tommy Eaton dominated the 200 fly, leading wire-to-wire. Vance won the race with a time of 1:47.92 and Eaton was the runner-up at 1:49.42

Ksiazek cruised to victory in the 50 free with a time of 20.58 and sophomore Blake Moran added valuable third place points (20.84).

McCusker went to the early lead in the 100 free and held on for the win, touching at 44.40, followed by Ksiazek (44.95) in third place and Moran in fourth (45.31).

The Noles added another commanding one-two punch in the 200 back, led by Vance (1:47.76) in first and Herbet in second (1:48.64). Freshman Conner Lowery also added crucial fourth place points, touching at 1:51.02.

Bastian came up big in the 200 breast, winning another close race with a time of 2:00.13 ahead of Auburn’s top swimmer at 2:00.29.

After a strong second half of the race, junior Santi Corredor won the 500 free from lane one with a time of 4:27.86 in his debut in the Garnet and Gold.

McCusker made it 10-straight victories for the Noles, taking the 100 fly with a time of 48.11 ahead of freshman Rush Clark in second place at 49.14.

Vance held on to win his third race of the day, clocking 3:53.60 in the 400 IM.

On the boards, senior Joshua Davidson added two diving wins, first winning 1-meter by almost two points with a score of 327.15, thanks his inward 2 ½ tuck scoring 7.0’s in the last round. Davidson came back and dominated 3-meter with a score of 377.70.

His teammate freshman Jesco Helling added a fourth place finish on 1-meter at 295.73 on 1-meter and was also third on 3-meter (323.03).

No. 19 Auburn came out strong in the in the women’s meet, winning 10 of the 16 events.

The No. 22 Seminoles put up a big sweep of the 100 back, led by senior Emma Terebo in lane one, winning with a time of 53.87 ahead of junior Maddie McDonald (54.46) in second and sophomore Tania Quaglieri (54.46) in third.

Senior Rebecca Moynihan stepped up and won the 50 free with a time of 23.27.

Freshman Jenny Halden put up a dominating win in the 100 fly, swimming a personal best with a time of 52.66, which is still the fifth fastest swim in school history.

Rookie Samantha Vear secured the 3-meter win on her final dive, scoring 60.75 points on her forward 2 ½ somersault pike twister for a total of 312.75, edging out Auburn’s top diver at 312.00. Freshman Vivian Johnson added fifth place points with a total 265.50.

Later, Vear dominated 1-meter, winning with a score of 300.90, while Johnson took fifth (256.50).

The Seminoles finished the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay behind freshman Zsofia Kurdi, junior Kertu Alnek, Halden and Moynihan with a time of 3:22.47.

“The ladies swam great today,” Studd added. “It made for an awesome day. I am one proud coach tonight.”

Florida State will return to the Morcom Aquatics Center on Jan. 27 for a contest against North Florida and Tampa at 2 p.m.

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