Tallahassee, Fla., – The Florida State swimming and diving teams brought home four wins on Saturday, defeating West Florida, North Florida and Florida Southern at the Morcom Aquatics Center on FSU Kids Club day.
The No. 21 women took home three victories on the day, moving to 7-1, 2-0 on the year with scores of 203-94 (UWF), 221-63 (FSC) and 221-64 (UNF). The 21st-ranked men (2-4, 1-1) defeated Florida Southern College 172-90.
“We got to mix it up a little bit after swimming our ‘A’ lineup against Florida yesterday,” said head coach Neal Studd. “It was fun to see some kids in their third or fourth events. They enjoyed it, it was something different for them and they fought hard. It was better than expected in some events.”
The women notched 11 event wins on the day, mostly by underclassmen.
The Seminoles opened up in the 200 medley relay placing first and second in the event. The team of freshman Lauren Hew, sophomore Kile Carriger, freshman Kertu Alnek and senior Shelly Drozda tapped in a winning time of 1:45.23.
Freshman Stephanie Holmes earned a win in the 1000 free with a time of 10:23.15. The women would follow by sweeping the 200 free, where freshman Nina Kucheran placed a winning time of 1:53.62. Junior Dorothy Halmy and freshman Boglarka Bonecz would follow, finishing second (1:53.62) and third (1:53.66) respectively.
Drozda led the way in the 100 back, posting the winning time of 55.86. Sophomores Bella English and Ana Zortea finished second and third in the 100 breast with times of 1:05.70 and 1:06.58.
Junior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp was the winner in the 200 fly (2:05.83) while freshman Hannah Womer won the 50 free with a time of 24.01
The Seminoles swept the 200 back as sophomore Kara Coughlin’s won her first individual collegiate events with a time of 2:03.83. Freshman Laura Jensen finished second (2:05.03) and freshman Maggie Emary took third (2:07.53)
Zortea placed first in the 200 breast for the second time in her career, tapping in at 2:23.46. Senior Daniella Van Den Berg followed with a victory in the 500 free with a time of 5:05.75.
The Noles completed the individual portion of the meet with victories in the 100 fly and 400 IM. Halmy won the 100 fly with a time of 57.90 while Drozda took home the 400 IM at 4:23.23.
The ladies wrapped up the weekend by winning the 200 free relay. Senior Leila Johnston, Zortea, junior Nika Blank and sophomore Emma Terebo tapped in a first place time of 1:34.61.
On the boards, junior Ayla Bonniwell swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Bonniwell earned a 3-meter score of 329.18 and a 1-meter score of 318.45. Freshman Grace Cable finished in second in both events, earning a 3-meter score of 300.30 and a 1-meter score of 296.18.
The men showcased an impressive performance as well, winning 11 events.
The Seminoles would come out strong, winning the 200 medley relay. Senior Will Pisani, senior Kanoa Kaleoaloha, freshman Cooper Deryk and freshman Kuba Ksiazek earned a first place time of 1:30.67.
Freshman Riley Dafoe earned his first career victory in the 1000 free, finishing with a time of 9:46.15.
The Seminoles kept up the momentum into the 200 free, sweeping the event. Senior Emir Muratovic finished first (1:40.39), sophomore Julio Horrego was second (1:42.05) and senior John Vann took third (1:42.36).
Pisani took home the 100 back with a time of 49.67.
Two events later, Kaleoaloha won the 200 fly, tapping in at 1:49.90. The Noles then swept the 50 free behind junior Vladimir Stefanik (20.93), freshman Izaak Bastian (21.03) and Vann (21.10)
Junior Griffin Alaniz won the 100 free (45.65) and sophomore Jackson Lucas won the 500 free (4:38.91) a few events later.
In the next event, freshman Max McCusker took home the 100 fly with a time of 49.95. Sophomore Ryan Telford took home the final individual event of the day, winning the 400 IM at a time of 3:59.52.
Florida State won the 200 free relay, which was the final event of the weekend behind Vann, McCusker, Deryk and Pisani with a time of 1:22.63
The Seminoles will return to action next weekend as selected members will represent the conference at the Big 10/ACC Challenge in West Lafayette, Indiana.
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