April 25, 2022

Swim & Dive Hands Out Season Awards

Tallahassee, Fla.  – The Florida State swimming and diving teams celebrated the 2021-22 season by handing out annual awards on Saturday.

Student-athletes selected a men’s and women’s winner in five categories: 

Rookie of the Year: Edith Jernstedt/Arijus Pavlidi

Diver of the Year: Vivian Johnson/David Vargas

Hardest Worker: Emily Trieschmann/Brennan Hammond

Most Improved: Sydney Boals/Auben Nugent

Most Valuable: Nina Kucheran/Mason Herbet

Jernstedt qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 fly and swam personal bests in the 200 IM (1:59.03) and 100 fly (52.35) at the meet. She also helped the Noles set the school record in the 400 medley relay after placing seventh in the 200 fly (1:55.80) at the ACC Championships.

Pavlidi swam the second-fastest 200 back in school history at 1:41.23, challenging the school record that was set back in 2009 (1:41.11). He placed eighth at the ACC Championships (1:41.30).

Johnson qualified for the NCAA Zone B Championships in all three events and finished ninth on platform (239.70) 12th on 3-meter (287.40) at ACCs.  Vargas competed in two ACC Championship finals, finishing fifth on 3-meter (373.00) and platform (363.65).

Trieschmann was a part of the ACC team where she swam on the 800 free relay and scored points in the 1650 free (16:53.00). Hammond set personal bests in the 100 fly (48.02) and 200 fly (1:46.41) at the Auburn First Chance Invite.

Boals came on strong at the end of the year, scoring points in all three of her individual races at the ACC Championships. Boals also clocked a split of 1:45.97 in the 800 free relay. Boals saw a 10-second time drop in the 500 free (4:51.51), a one-minute improvement in the mile, and a three-second drop in the 400 IM (4:19.38).

Nugent swam four personal bests at the Auburn Invite, seeing a near eight-second drop in the 400 IM (3:52.78).

A team captain, Kucheran qualified for her third NCAAs in all three races. She was a part of four school records, setting two individually. She took down the 200 IM (1:56.68) record that was set in 2014 and she lowered her own mark in the 200 breast (2:08.57). Kucheran placed fourth in the 100 breast (59.02) at ACCs.

Herbet qualified for his second NCAA Championships and swam career bests in the 100 back (45.66) and 200 back (1:44.06) at the meet and was a part of four relays. He placed seventh in the 100 back at the ACC Championships and helped the Noles win bronze in the 200 medley relay behind a school record.

The coaches also cast their votes for the Coaches’ Award winners, which were seniors Rebecca Moynihan and Izaak Bastian.

Moynihan helped the Noles set three relay FSU records and she also anchored the 200 medley relay to bronze at the ACC Championships. Bastian competed at the NCAA Championships as a relay swimmer and helped the Noles win ACC bronze in the 200 medley relay behind an FSU record.

Both swimmers were named to the All-ACC Academic Team and Bastian was tabbed as an ACC Postgraduate Scholar.

The team also selected its captains for the 2022-23 season. Madeleine McDonald, Aryanna Fernandes and Sydney VanOvermeiren will lead the women’s team, while Florida natives Herbet, Blake Moran and Cameron Taddonio will be in charge of the men.

McCusker Shines at Irish Nationals

Dublin – Florida State senior Max McCusker won four national titles at the 2022 Irish Open Championships in Dublin last week.

McCusker turned in four personal best times, all of which were FINA consideration marks. He set the national and Irish Open records in the 50m fly at 23.44, taking down the standard (23.65) that was set in 2013.

McCusker started off the meet by winning the 100m free at 49.67, just off his prelim swim of 49.42. He followed that race with his national record-setting 50m fly.

In dominating fashion, McCusker took home his third win of the meet in the 100m fly, touching at 52.63.

In his final race of the meet, McCusker finished second in the field, but was awarded the Irish title in the 50m free, touching at 22.59.

All four of his swims were also consideration for the European Championships, which will be held in August.

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