March 11, 2020
Six Swimmers, Relays Headed to NCAAs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Six Florida State swimmers were invited individually to the 2020 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 25-28 at the IUPUI Natatorium.

In addition to six swimmers, the Seminoles can compete in all five relays, which all will be seeded within the top 16. FSU will also be represented in diving by senior Cam Thatcher and junior Joshua Davidson.

“We’re excited to have such a big group going to NCAAs,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Especially between all of our relays and divers. It’s going to be fun to see what we can achieve. After graduating a lot of talent last year, it’s awesome that we reloaded so quick and we’re projected to finish 13th, which is higher than we finished last year.”

Sr. • Griffin Alaniz • Back/Free • Rockville, Md

  • Seeded 12th in the 100 back (45.44) and can also compete in the 50 free (19.57) and 200 back (1:41.84)
  • Competing individually in his second NCAAs
  • A part of the 200 free relay that won gold at the 2020 ACCs and swam backstroke in both medley relays that won silver
  • Finished 11th in the 50 free (19.61), seventh in the 100 back (46.78) and 17th in the 200 back (1:42.89) at ACCs
  • A 2020 US Olympic Trial qualifier
  • Finished fifth in the 100m back at the 2019 Toyota US Open at 54.76

Sr • Max Polianski • Fly/IM • Auckland, New Zealand

  • Seeded 21st in the 200 fly (1:42.35) and can also swim in the 200 IM (1:45.57)
  • Qualified for his third NCAAs
  • Placed 23rd in the 200 fly at the 2019 NCAAs at 1:42.63
  • Finished eighth in the 200 fly (1:47.17) and 12th in the 200 IM (1:45.82) at ACCs

So. • Izaak Bastian • Breast •  Boca Raton, Fla

  • Seeded 26th in the 100 breast at 52.36 and can also swim the 200 breast (1:56.23) and 50 free (19.93)
  • Was All-American in 2019 as a member of the 200 medley relay that placed seventh
  • Swimming in his first NCAAs as an individual and second overall
  • Won bronze in the 100 breast at the 2020 ACCs (52.36) and also took 14th in the 200 breast (1:57.42)
  • A part of the medley relays that won silver at ACCs
  • Competed at the 2019 FINA World Championships for the Bahamas

So. • Jakub Ksiazek• Free • Szcecin, Poland

  • Seeded 27th in the 200 free (1:33.89) and 23rd in the 50 free (19.30). Can also swim the 100 free (43.20)
  • Was on four relays at ACCs, including the 200 free relay that took gold
  • Was the lone returner from the All-American free relays in 2019 that placed fifth at NCAAs
  • Placed 14th in the 100 free (43.59), 12th in the 50 free (19.62) and 24th in the 200 free (1:39.78) at the 2020 ACC Championships
  • Represented Poland at the 2019 World University Games

So. • Max McCusker • Fly/Free • Glastonbury, UK

  • Seeded 28th in the 100 fly (45.97) and can also compete in the 50 free (19.72) and 100 free (43.08)
  • Swimming in his first NCAAs
  • Was on four relays at ACCs, including the 200 free relay that won gold as the anchor where he split 18.93
  • Finished ninth in the 100 fly (45.97), 17th in the 100 free (43.08) and 21st (19.75) in the 50 free at ACCs

Fr. • Peter Varjasi • Free/IM • Erlangen, Germany

  • Seeded ninth in the 200 free (1:32.76) and can also compete in the 50 free (19.35) and 100 free (42.68)
  • Won six medals at his first ACCs including a bronze in the 50 free (19.35) and silver in the 100 free (42.68) and was also ninth in the 200 free (1:34.17)
  • Was on four relays at ACCs, including the 200 free relay that won gold
  • Set the school record in the 200 free as the lead-off swimmer in the 800 free relay at 1:32.76 and was a part of the 800 free relay that set the FSU record as well at 6:15.94

Sr. • Vladimir Stefanik • Free/Fly • Varin Slovakia

  • Anchored the 800 free and 400 free relays to bronze at the 2020 ACC Championships
  • Helped set the school record in the 800 free relay in each of the previous three season, including 2020 at 6:15.94
  • Was 22nd in the 200 free (1:39.11), 10th in the 100 free (43.06) and 19th in the 50 free (19.73) at ACCs
  • 2019-20 Team captain
  • Slovakian national record holder in the 100m free at 49.99
  • Swam at the 2019 FINA World Championships
  • Heading to his second NCAAs as a relay swimmer

Fr. • Domen Demsar • Free/Fly • Ljubiana, Slovenia

  • Competed in the 100 free (45.12), 50 free (19.98) and 100 fly (47.43) at ACCs

Fr. • Ian Cooper • Free • St. Johns, Fla.

  • Scored points in the 50 free at ACCs by finishing 13th at 19.69
  • Came to FSU with a personal best of 20.42 in the 50 free

Divers

 

Sr. • Cam Thatcher • Diving • Toledo, Ohio

  • Qualified for his second NCAAs on 1-meter by finishing eighth at the Zone B qualifier
  • Was 21st on 1M (256.95), ninth on 3-meter (319.55) and 10th on platform (274.20) at the 2020 ACCs
  • Competed at the 2019 USA Diving Winter Nationals

Jr. • Joshua Davidson • Diving • Tomball Texas

  • Qualified for his third NCAAs in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving
  • Was All-America honorable mention on 1-meter behind a 14th place finish in 2019 at NCAAs
  • Won gold on 1-meter with a score of 382.95 at ACCs, becoming the first Seminole since Terry Horner in 2010 to win a diving event at the meet
  • Was also fifth on 3-meter
  • Named to the USA Diving High Performance Squad – Tier 3
  • Won bronze on 1-meter at the 2019 USA Diving Winter Nationals

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