January 25, 2020
Swim & Dive Honors Seniors with Three Wins

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The No.15/25 Florida State swimming and diving teams picked up three wins on Saturday, in front of a packed crowd on Senior Day at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The Seminoles won all but two events on the day as the 25th-ranked women defeated Miami 230-64 and Florida Atlantic 234-62 in order to finish the season 7-5, 2-2 ACC. The No. 15 men defeated the Owls 247-53 for an overall record of 6-3, 2-1 ACC.

“Overall, today was a great day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was a fantastic celebration of our seniors. They swam well, some of them won events in front of their friends and family and it was a really great atmosphere.”

Freshman Balazs Berecz made his debut in the Garnet and Gold by winning the 200 breast (2:04.04) and 200 IM (1:51.83). Rookie Aziz Ghaffari also contributed a pair of wins, taking the 1000 free at 9:22.21 and 500 free at 4:31.17.

The men started the day off with a victory in the 200 medley relay by the all-senior squad of John Maxatas, Rudo Loock, Max Polianski and Vladimir Stefanik with a time of 1:29.69.

Freshman Peter Varjasi (1:38.90), Berecz (1:39.97) along with junior Gavin Jones (1:41.31) followed with a sweep of the 200 free.

Sophomore Jackson Lucas (50.80), freshman Ryland Sun (21.12) and rookie Nick Vance (51.25) finished first, second and third in the 100 back before sophomore Jackson Seith (56.43) freshman Nevada Wood (57.48) and junior Chad McGuire (58.47) swept the 100 breast.

Polianski won the 200 fly with a time of 1:50.09 ahead of freshman Maurice Ingenrieth (1:51.62) in second place.

The Seminoles finished the break with the sweep of the 50 free led by freshman Ian Cooper (20.53) in first, Jones (20.54) in second and freshman Domen Demsar (21.05) in third.

Loock (45.20), and sophomores Max McCusker (45.61) and Jakub Ksiazek (45.79) swept the 100 free, before Vance (1:50.78) and sophomore Riley DaFoe (1:56.51) placed first and second in the 200 back.

Stefanik led the first, second and third place showing in the 100 fly with a time of 48.19, followed by Demsar (49.77) and Mataxas (50.11).

Florida State controlled 200 free relay with a sweep to end the meet, led by the top team of Loock, Varjasi, Polianski and Stefanik at 1:21.18.

On the boards, senior Cam Thatcher dominated 3-meter, with a score of 401.35 and his classmate Aidan Faminoff took third (336.25). However, Joshua Davidson was the winner on 1-meter with a total of 365.85, ahead of Thatcher in second at 351.50.

Sophomore Nina Kucheran won a pair of races, touching first in the 100 breast (1:01.75) and 200 IM (2:02.59) and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team to start the meet along with sophomores Maddie McDonald, Aryanna Fernandes and Kertu Alnek.

Freshman Elizabeth Harris was also the winner in two events, taking the 200 free (1:51.75) and 500 free (5:03.98).

Sophomore Stephanie Holmes led the way in the 1000 free with a time of 10:16.70 for the win.

Senior Dorothy Halmy came from behind to win the 200 fly with a mark of 2:02.67, out-touching sophomore Hannah Womer (2:02.92) in second place.

Junior Rebecca Moynihan led the sweep of the 50 free with at time of 23.49 ahead of Alnek in second at 23.73 and junior Emma Terebo in the third (23.82).

Out of the break, Alnek won the 100 free (51.26) ahead of Moynihan (51.38) and McDonald claimed the 200 back win at 2:02.24.

Freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren placed first in the 200 breast (2:21.16) ahead of juniors Kile Carriger (2:22.02) and Bella English (2:2293) in second and third.

Fernandes (55.47), senior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp (56.42) and Womer (56.99) added a sweep in the 100 fly just before the break.

Senior Molly Carlson led the Noles in diving, winning 3-meter with a total of 332.80 ahead of her classmate Ayla Bonniwell (316.00) in second. Carlson took second on 1-meter with a tally of 298.15 and Bonniwell was third at 290.75.

The Seminoles finished the meet with a win in the 200 free relay behind Fernandes, Alnek, Terebo and Moynihan (1:34.08).

“Today we wanted to focus on fine-tuning some things before we enter the post season,” Studd added. “I think we had a great meet and now we’ll shift gears and start training for championships season.”

Florida State will next compete at the Auburn Invite, which runs from Feb. 7-9.

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