Coral Gables, Fla. – The RV Florida State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Miami (4-2, 1-1 ACC) on the road on Friday, moving to 5-1, 2-0 ACC on the season.
The Seminoles were dominant, winning 12 of the 16 events contested at the Norman Witten Pool. The final score was 197-103.
“It was an awesome performance,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some NCAA cuts, some best times and some solid stuff all around. This was a big win and we put up times that should easily be ranked within the top 20 in the country. We’re excited to fine-tune some things and be great in the post season. I’m really proud of the ladies today.”
FSU started off with a massive, one-two finish in the 200 medley relay, led by the squad of Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden and Rebecca Moynihan with a time of 1:37.55.
The second team of Maddie McDonald, Maddy Huggins, Aryanna Fernandes and Zsofia Kurdi outlasted the top relay representing Miami (1:39.97), touching at 1:39.42.
Miami answered with a first and second place showing in the 1000 free and added another win in the 200 free. FSU was led by a silver medal finish by Emily Trieschmann, who turned in a season best of 1:48.98.
The Seminoles would win the remaining swimming events, starting with a sweep of the 100 back, led by Quaglieri (53.85) in first, McDonald in second (53.96) and Pia Murray in third (53.97).
Kucheran led the way in the 100 breast, turning in her career best at 59.46, which is also an NCAA B standard. The performance ranks third in FSU history. Huggins won the close race for second, touching at 1:02.06.
FSU added another one-two punch in the 200 fly, led by Hannah Womer in first place behind a personal best of 1:57.74, followed by Fernandes in second at 1:58.10. Womer’s performance moves her up to sixth on the FSU all-time top 10 list.
Moynihan (22.77) and Halden (23.15) opened up the lead for the Noles, touching first and second in the 50 free.
Out of the break, Moynihan (49.74) and Kurdi went one-two (50.03) in the 100 free and the strong backstroke contingent added another sweep, led by Murray in the 200 back at 1:56.93. McDonald followed in second (1:58.19) and Syndey Cole (1:59.33) took third.
Kucheran (2:10.90) and Huggins (2:14.71) went one-two in the 200 breast in dominating fashion before Trieschmann touched first in the 500 free (4:50.91).
FSU turned in the top four times in the 100 fly, led by Halden at 52.77. Fernandes grabbed second (53.04), Edith Jernstedt (53.29) was third, just off her personal best (53.17) and Womer touched fourth (53.38) behind another career best.
Kucheran (1:59.33), Jernstedt (2:00.00) and Womer (2:00.90) posted the sweep of the 200 IM, before the final event. Jernstedt’s swim was her career best.
Kurdi, Fernandes, Halden and Moynihan gave the Noles a two-second win in the 400 free relay, touching at 3:18.39.
The divers began competing on Thursday in both men’s and women’s events. The Noles finished second, third and fourth in the men’s 3-meter event.
Jesco Helling led the way in second (345.90), followed by newcomer David Vargas in third (335.18) and Darwin Nolasco (313.28) in fourth. Vargas was the runner-up on 1-meter (359.48) followed by Helling (356.78) in third and Nolasco (318.60) in fourth.
The ladies were led by Victoria Cervantes on 1-meter, who placed fourth with a score of 246.60. Vivian Johnson turned in the highest FSU score on 3-meter at 297.38.
Both teams also competed in a platform exhibition. Cervantes was the winner with a total of 292.80 followed by Izzy Gregersen in second (284.55) and Johnson (231.30) in third.
In a talented field, Vargas placed third with a total of 370.35, followed by Nolasco in fourth 363.08 and Helling in fifth (354.90).
All six divers secured NCAA Zone B qualifying scores on platform.
“We came here to help the Noles win and go after some zone scores,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “We accomplished both of those things. We have some things to work on before ACC’s, but it was great to get out there and compete again.”
Florida State will host Tampa on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The team will recognize its senior class prior to the meet.
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