January 16, 2020
Swim & Dive Hits the Road for Renewed Rivalry Against LSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 14/RV Florida State swimming and diving teams will be renewing a rivalry on Friday by heading to Baton Rouge, La., for a meet against (RV/-) LSU at 5 p.m. (CT). The dual will be the first since 2011 between the Seminoles and Tigers.

“As we focus in on small details and habits, we have a great opportunity to swim another strong SEC team that has been competing very well lately,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It will be good for us to have a meet indoors as we prepare for the postseason.”

The Meet

  • The meet will follow the 16 event format, competing in 100s and 200s of each stroke in addition to the 50 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 200 IM as well as the 200 free and 200 medley relays. The divers will compete on 1-meter and 3-meter.
  • Live results will be available on meet mobile and live diving scores will be on divemeets.com – https://lsul.su/2NyR04t

The Series

  • Both squads met every season from 2005-06 to 2011-12 and have competed against each other 26 times since the 1980-81 season.
  • The men lead the all-time series with the Tigers, 17-13 dating back to 1973
  • The women trail, 10-16 dating back to 1981.
  • The last meeting was back on Oct. 14, 2011 in Tallahassee with FSU winning both meets (M 161-139, W 179-116).
  • FSU last competed in Baton Rouge on Oct. 20. 2010, suffering two losses (M 145-155, W 124-176).

The Last Time Out

  • The 14th-ranked men’s team dropped to 4-3, while the women are 5-4 after suffering losses at home to RV/17 Alabama on Saturday.
  • Despite a late push from the men, the Seminoles lost 138-156 on a windy day at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The Noles picked up momentum but lost a couple of key close races that ended up being the difference in the meet.
  • The men were led by freshman Peter Varjasi, who won close races the 100 free (44.26) and 200 IM (1:49.02). On the boards, senior Cam Thatcher tallied a season best on 1-meter at 369.90 for a dominating win.
  • Sophomore Nina Kucheran won all three of her individual races – the 100 breast (1:01.79), 200 breast (2:14.67) and 200 IM (2:03.14). Senior Molly Carlson tallied her career best 3-meter (363.90) for the win and her classmate Ayla Bonniwell won 1-meter (284.55).


  • The women are 4-1 while the RV men are 2-1 on the season. The Tigers have also competed in multiple invites including the TYR Classic, SMU Invite, Art Adamson Diving Invitational, Auburn Diving Invitational and the Tennessee Diving Invitational.
  • The women upset No. 12 Missouri on Jan. 9 151-149 at the LSU Natatorium where the Tigers set multiple pool records.
  • The men were fourth to receive votes in the current CSCAA poll. The women were recognized in receiving votes in both the Oct. 23 and preseason polls.

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