January 10, 2019
Swim & Dive Secures Wins Over UIW

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The Florida State swimming and diving teams secured a pair of wins on Thursday over Incarnate Word at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The 19th-ranked men’s team (3-4, 1-1 ACC) won by a score of 142-91.  The women (8-1, 2-0) posted their eighth win of the season by a score of 151-85. It is the most dual meet wins for the Noles since the 2012-13 season.

Both teams accounted for 11-of-13 event wins on the day.

“It was great getting back to racing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had kids swimming in their third and fourth events and we had some others step up and win races. It was a lot of fun.”

Despite temperatures in the 40’s at the start of the meet, the divers swept three of the four events competed.

“We dove really well today considering our kids had icicles hanging off their noses,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They didn’t let the cold weather get to them and they went out there and really did well.”

Junior Molly Carlson led the way for the women, winning both 1-meter (304.95) and 3-meter (324.83), while sophomore Joshua Davidson won 1-meter with a total of 346.45 and junior Aidan Faminoff was the victor on 3-meter with a total of 362.47.

In the swimming portion of the meet, the Seminoles got out to a great start by finishing first, second and third in the women’s 200 medley relay with the top team swimming a time of 1:43.54.

Freshman Maggie Emary took over the lead around the 500-yard mark of the 1000 free and won with a time of 10:25.32, while junior Manuella Andrade followed in second place at 10:34.16.

Sophomore Hailey Ladd posted a pair of victories on the day, first taking home the 200 free (1:53.92) ahead of freshman Klaudia Greer (1:54.48) in second and freshman Stephanie Holmes (1:55.93) in third.

Later in the meet, Ladd led the sweep of the 500 free (5:04.98) followed by Emary (5:08.90) and Greer (5:11.98).

Senior Natalie Purnell and sophomore Kile Carriger battled in the 200 IM as Purnell came out on top (2:08.11) ahead of Carriger in second (2:08.16).

Senior Shelly Drozda led the 100 free from wire-to-wire, touching with a time of 52.34 followed by junior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp (53.88) in third.

Leading the way in the 100 back was senior Mykala Arnold, who touched with a time of 58.22 ahead of freshman Laura Jensen (58.33) and sophomore Kara Coughlin (58.44).

The women swept the final individual event of the meet as sophomore Bella English won the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.02 ahead of Carriger (1:06.29) and  Drozda (1:07.07).

Florida State ended the day by winning the 200 free relay (1:33.65) behind the team of senior Leila Johnston, sophomore Emma Terebo, junior Nika Blank and freshman Kertu Alnek.

The men also swept the 200 medley relay as the team of junior Griffin Alaniz, freshman Izaak Bastian, junior Vladimir Stefanik and senior John Vann turned in the top time of 1:31.32.

Freshman Riley DaFoe picked up the victory in the 1000 free with a time of 9:46.50.

Working from the outside lane, Stefanik held off two Cardinals to take the 200 free win with a time of 1:40.91.

Sophomore Gavin Jones also won from lane one, touching with a time of 21.31 in the 50 free, with his classmate Oszkar Lavotha following in second at 21.50.

Freshman Cooper DeRyk outlasted UIW’s Bryce Kuchan (50.84) in the 100 fly, winning with a time of 50.59.

The Seminoles followed with a one-two finish in the 100 free, led by Alaniz at 45.63, just ahead of Jones in second at 46.52.

Senior Will Pisani cruised to a win in the 100 back, touching with a time of 50.50 ahead of newcomer Levi Varro who was third at 52.21.

Junior Jackson Seith was victorious in the 100 breast, touching with a time of 56.79 before the Noles ended the meet with a win in the 200 free relay (1:23.07).

“I thought we competed very well today,” Studd said. “But we’re not finished this weekend. We’ve got a very tough test ahead of us on the road and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Florida State heads to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to face (18/23) Alabama and Miami. Diving will start on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT) and swimming will take place on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. (CT). Both meets will be streamed via the SECN+.

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