TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15/25 Florida State swimming and diving teams capped off the Auburn Invite with seven podium finishes, including three individual victories at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
Senior Manuella Andrade capped off her career by winning the 1650 free with a time of 17:12.46 and junior Hailey Ladd followed in third (17:28.90).
The Seminoles finished first, second and third in the 200 breast, led by freshman Nevada Wood (1:57.63), who saw a near four-second drop in order to take over as the sixth fastest performer in FSU history. Juniors Chad McGuire (1:58.81) and Paxton Rhoads (1:59.78) followed in second and third, contributing best times.
Sophomore Alexis Durlacher ended the meet by winning the women’s 200 fly with a time of 2:03.95.
“This was our best and fastest session yet,” FSU associate head coach Dan Kesler said. “It was just fun to be around our team this weekend. Our student-athletes were swimming fast and were true Seminoles. It looks great for how we are going to swim at ACCs.”
Junior Kara Coughlin started the session off with a bronze in the 200 back, touching with a time of 1:59.93 after posting a 1:59.38 in prelims, which was a personal best.
Sophomore Lauren Hew led the Noles in the 100 free, touching in eighth place with a time of 51.28 and junior Bella English followed by taking third in the 200 breast (2:19.06) after touching in at 2:18.92 in prelims.
Freshman Giulia Grasso (17:40.37) was also fourth in the 1650 free behind Andrade and Ladd.
The Seminoles had three in the top heat of the men’s 100 free as junior Gavin Jones touched in for bronze (44.54) after clocking a personal best in prelims at 44.13. Freshman Quinn Scholz followed in sixth place (44.97) with his best time and sophomore Kyle DiMatteo took eighth (45.64).
Freshman Balazs Berecz placed fifth in the 200 breast (2:00.85) behind Wood, McGuire and Rhoads. Sophomore Jackson Seith also finished in eighth place (2:04.76).
Florida State will prepare for the ACC Championships from Feb. 19-23 and Feb. 26-29 in Greensboro, N.C.