January 12, 2019
Swim & Dive Goes 2-1 in Tuscaloosa, Women Upset Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –  The (NR/19) Florida State swimming and diving teams finished the week 5-1, 1-0 ACC after facing Incarnate Word on Thursday and (18/23) Alabama and Miami in a two-day tri-meet on Friday and Saturday at the University of Alabama Aquatic Center.

The women’s team took down its second ranked opponent of the 2018-19 season, edging out No. 23 Alabama by a score of 159-141, picking up its first win over the Crimson Tide since the 2011-12 season.

The Seminoles also defeated Miami 239-59, moving to 10-1, 3-0 ACC on the year.

“It was a great day for us as both teams swam well for it being early January,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The divers got us out to a great start yesterday, so that was awesome. It was very exciting for our women to come out and beat Alabama in their own pool.”

The women outscored Miami 23-14 and Alabama 31-7 on the boards on Friday, while the men went up 23-15 on the Crimson Tide.

On Saturday, the women’s team won six events overall and had multiple swimmers score in 11 individual races in addition to winning both the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

The team of sophomore Madeline Cohen, freshman Ida Hulkko, senior Leila Johnston and freshman Kertu Alnek secured the victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.28.

Alnek then outlasted Alabama’s Leonie Kullman (1:50.67) in the 200 free to pick up the win at 1:50.41. Freshman Laura Jensen (1:51.51) and senior Shelly Drozda (1:52.71) also picked up valuable third and fourth place points.

Sophomore Emma Terebo was the runner up in the 100 back (55.84), followed by Cohen (56.44) in fourth and freshman Maddie McDonald (56.54) in fifth.

Freshman Nina Kucheran and Hulkko put up a one-two punch in the 100 breast, as Kucheran led the way with a time of 1:02.00, just ahead of Hulkko (1:02.05). Later in the meet, Kucheran picked up her second win of the day in the 200 breast at 2:14.24 thanks to a very strong back half of the race.

FSU had multiple scorers in the 200 fly, led by freshmen Hannah Womer (2:03.57) in second, Boglarka Bonecz (2:03.93) in third and junior Dorothy Halmy (2:04.57) in fourth.

After the first break, Alnek and Johnston provided the Noles with a first and second place boost in the 100 free as Alnek claimed the win at 50.22 followed by Johnston at 51.02.

The Seminoles remained strong down the stretch, finishing second, third and fourth in the 100 fly behind Alnek (55.08), Johnston (55.56), and Womer (56.04).

Womer added a second place finish in the 400 IM (4:22.34) and Kucheran was fourth (4:24.43).

“We swam awesome at the end of some of our races,” Studd said. “Which is awesome for this time of year.”

The 19th-ranked men’s team (4-5, 1-1 ACC) fell to the No. 18 Crimson Tide 117-188, with Friday’s diving included, the Seminoles won six events and finished second in seven.

FSU started the day off with a runner up finish in the 200 medley relay behind junior Griffin Alaniz, freshman Izaak Bastian along with seniors Kanoa Kaleoaloha and Will Pisani with a time of 1:29.39.

After the 1000 free, the Seminoles took second in the next three races before junior Max Polianski won the 200 fly with a time of 1:50.46.

Pisani was the runner- up in the 100 free at 44.68 followed by Stefanik in third (45.30) and Alaniz took the win in the 200 back, clocking 1:48.39.

Bastian gave the Noles back-to-back victories, securing the 200 breast with a time of 2:03.49.

Kaleoaloha came back to win the 100 fly (47.75) and Stefanik followed in third (49.75).

Florida State closed out the meet with a second place showing in the 200 free relay with the team of Kaleoaloha, Pisani, freshman Cooper DeRyk and Ksiazek at 1:20.28.

The Seminoles will host their final meet of the season on Jan. 26 by welcoming FAU at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

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