GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State sophomore Tania Quaglieri became the fastest Seminole in history in the 100 back, clocking a time of 52.17 at the 2021 Women’s ACC Championships and the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Friday.
Quaglieri advanced to the championship heat of the 100 back in eighth place after swimming a personal best of 52.97 in prelims.
Working from lane eight at night, Quaglieri used her speed in the front half of the race to set the tone.
The Nonatola, Italy, native, touched in sixth place (52.17), dropping almost two seconds from her seed time (53.90) in order to set the school record. She took down McKayla Lightbourn’s mark of 52.39 that was set back in 2014.
“Tania was something special today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “I’m so excited for her and the new school record.”
In addition to Quaglieri, freshmen Ginevra Molino and Phoebe Griffiths swam in their first career ACC Championship finals. It was the first time FSU had three compete in A-Finals on Friday of ACCs since 2015.
Molino qualified in sixth place with a time of 4:14.25 out of prelims, which was slightly off her personal best (4:13.73).
Swimming in lane seven, Molino was in a tight race for sixth during most of the race. She finished strong in order to touch seventh with a new best time of 4:13.54, which ranks fourth in school history.
Molino was also the first Seminole to race in the 400 IM A-Final since Julia Henkel in 2014, who finished sixth after taking bronze in 2013. Henkel was also the last rookie to swim for gold in the race in 2011.
Griffiths posted a time of 1:47.07 in the morning heats, qualifying sixth for the top heat. The London, England, native was just off that mark in finals, touching seventh at 1:47.17.
Earlier in the meet, Griffiths swam her personal best as the lead-off leg of the 800 free relay earlier in the meet at 1:46.54, which was the second fastest time in school history.
The Seminoles started off the night with two swimmers in the consolation heat of the 100 fly.
Freshman Jenny Halden clocked a 53.62 in the heats to qualify 10th, while senior Elise Olsen touched with a season best of 53.01 for 13th. At night, both Seminoles were just off their prelim times, as Halden placed 11th at 52.84 ahead of Olsen in 14th at 53.10.
Sophomore Sydney VanOvermeiren put together a strong back half of the 400 IM, touching in third place of the consolation heat with a time of 4:14.82, which was just over a half-second faster than her performance in the morning (4:15.39). Junior Maggie Emary made her first appearance in an ACC final heat, posting a career best for 19th place at 4:18.77.
Junior Kertu Alnek swam in the bonus heat of the 200 free, where she improved to finish in 22nd place with a time of 1:48.51 after qualifying in the last spot a 1:49.37.
Freshman Zsofia Kurdi saw a big drop in the 100 breast in finals, touching at 1:01.50 for 18th place overall, which was a career best. Her performance was the 10th fastest in school history.
The Seminoles showed their depth in the 100 back as three others competed in the final heats in addition to Quaglieri.
Senior Emma Terebo and junior Madeleine McDonald battled in the B-Final of the 100 back, while freshman Pia Murry competed in the C-Final.
Terebo came off the last turn as one of the leaders and surged to the finish to get her hand on the wall first, behind a season best of 53.01 for ninth overall.
McDonald finished in 16th place at 53.53, which was also a season best. Murray clocked a 54.22 for 21st, which was just off her career best in prelims at 53.85.
The Seminoles competed in the 400 medley relay, but was disqualified.
“We had a really great day,” Studd said. “We scored a lot of points and we had a lot of lifetime bests. The ladies have been doing an awesome job. We look forward to finishing strong tomorrow.”
FSU remains in ninth place with a score of 380 points, trailing closely behind Georgia Tech (391) and No.13 North Carolina (399.5).
Saturday’s session will start at 11 a.m. and will feature prelims of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. The 1650 free will be timed finals starting at 5 p.m. and the 400 free relay will close out finals.
Men’s platform will also take place starting at approximately 12 p.m.
The meet will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and live timing will be available through meet mobile. Live scoring for diving will be available on divemeets.com.
No spectators will be allowed at the meet.
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