October 26, 2019
Swim & Dive Earns Two Wins on the Road

Atlanta   –  The No.15/20 Florida State swimming and diving teams secured a pair of wins on the against NR/RV Georgia Tech on the road at the McAuley Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The 20th-ranked women’s team (2-2, 1-2 ACC) defeated Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1 ACC) 177-123, while the No. 15 men (3-1, 2-1 ACC) edged the Yellow Jackets 160-140.

“We had a good day with two road wins against a very good ACC opponent,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We mixed up events a little today to see some of our team in different races. It was a good day.”

The Seminoles won a combined 21 events, including all four diving events.

“It was another great performance by these guys,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They all had a great day.”

The women’s team started out with a massive lead after finishing in first and second place in the 200 medley relay. The team of freshman Tania Quaglieri, sophomores Nina Kucheran and Aryanna Fernandes and Rebecca Moynihan turned in the top time of 1:41.23 and were followed by junior Emma Terebo, sophomores Hannah Womer and Kertu Alenk and freshman Elizabeth Harris at 1:42.90.

Freshman Guilia Grasso won the 200 free with a time of 1:51.56 and Kucheran contributed over a two-second win in the 100 breast (1:02.16).

Georgia Tech picked up a one-two finish in the 200 fly, but the Noles answered with a sweep of the 50 free as Alnek (23.48) was first, Moynihan (23.55) was second and Fernandes (24.13) placed third.

Off the break, the Seminoles added another sweep in the 100 free, led by Terebo (50.93) followed by Harris (51.35) in second place and Womer (52.31) in third.

The Jackets answered with a one-two showing in the 200 back, but Kucheran followed with her second individual win of the day, taking the 200 breast with at time of 2:16.27.

Senior Ayla Bonniwell tallied a season-high score of 327.68 for the win on 3-meter and her classmate Molly Carlson followed in third at 315.15. Later in the meet, Bonniwell and Carlson were first and second on 1-meter, scoring 309.30 and 296.63 respectively.

Fernandes was the winner in the 200 IM (2:04.39) and the Noles closed the meet out with a win in the 400 free relay behind Moynihan, Terebo, Harris and Alnek at 3:24.42.

After the men finished second in the 200 medley relay, freshman Scott Pekarske picked up his first-career victory in the 1000 free behind a season best swim of 9:19.52.

Georgia Tech won the 200 free, but the Seminoles captured big points behind a first, second and fourth place showing in the 100 back. Alaniz led the way at 49.64, followed by junior Jackson Lucas in second (50.35) and freshman Francesco Peron (51.54) in fourth.

Sophomore Izaak Bastian was the winner in the 100 breast with a time of 55.49, but Georgia Tech answered with a sweep of the 200 fly.

Freshman Peter Varjasi posted his season best swim in the 50 free to win by three one-hundredths of a second, with a time of 20.04.

In diving, senior Cam Thatcher picked up his first win of the season, claiming 3-meter diving with a score of 395.63 and junior Joshua Davidson was third at 370.35.

Off the break, the Seminoles found a grove as Varjasi (44.03) and senior Vladimir Stefanik (45.05) added first and second place points in the 100 free and Alaniz (1:48.42) and freshman Nick Vance (1:49.21) added a one-two punch in the 200 back.

Georgia Tech won the 200 breast, but Pekarske won a tight race in the 500 free, clocking 4:31.73.

The Jackets won the next two races, but the Seminoles put up a sweep on 1-meter, led by Davidson (325.28), followed by Thatcher (318.90) in second and senior Aidan Faminoff in third (318.60) in order to put the meet away for the Noles.

FSU closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay behind Alaniz, sophomores Max McCusker, Jakub Ksiazek and Stefanik at 2:59.68.

Florida State will visit No.9/1 Florida on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. and return home to host Florida Southern, North Florida and West Florida on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

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