TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fueled by eight wins from its senior class, the (No.25/20) Florida State swimming and diving teams defeated Florida Atlantic in front of a large crowd of family and friends on senior day at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
“Today was all about our seniors,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was about their dedication and hard work throughout their four years here at FSU. We had some all senior relays and some of them competed in a few different events but I thought today was a great way to send them off.”
Florida State started the meet by finishing in first and second place in the 200 medley relay as the team of seniors Tayla Lovemore, Natalie Pierce, Alexi Smith and Ariel Barber won with a time of 1:43.46.
The Owls followed with a strong showing in distance behind a first and second place finish in the 1000 free.
Freshman Emma Terebo had a breakout swim in the 200 free, leading from wire-to-wire, clocking 1:50.39 ahead of senior Alex Wittman (1:54.13) in second and freshman Madeline Cohen in third (1:55.59).
Smith (23.23) and freshman Elise Olsen (23.83) added another one-two finish in the 50 free before the Noles posted a sweep in the 200 IM led by freshman Kile Carriger at 2:06.50 followed by junior Natalie Purnell in second at 2:07.44.
Florida Atlantic followed with a win in the 100 fly, but FSU answered with a sweep in the 100 free, led by freshman McKenna Keith (52.50). Barber placed second (52.79) ahead of junior Fabiana Ingram (53.23).
Terebo added her second victory on the day in the 100 back, touching with a time of 55.36 ahead of junior Shelly Drozda in second (55.77) and sophomore Mykala Arnold in third (59.55).
The Owls would pick up a win in the 500 free before the second break.
Purnell turned in the top time in the 100 breast at 1:03.58 ahead of sophomore Elizabeth Zubero (1:05.43) and Carriger (1:05.64).
The Noles closed out the meet turning in the fastest time in the 200 free relay behind the seniors; Barber, Lovemore, Smith and Pierce at 1:34.47.
Florida State added sweeps in diving, led by senior Blaire Mulka on 3-meter, scoring 333.30, just ahead of sophomore Ayla Bonniwell in second at 329.79. Sophomore Molly Carlson returned to competition and placed third with a total of 291.60.
On 1-meter, Bonniwell was the victor with a total of 279.23 ahead of Mulka (261.90) in second and Carlson (261.90) in third.
With the 150-88 win, the Noles close out the dual meet season 5-7.
The men’s team also finished first and second in the opening 200 medley relay behind the all senior team of Connor Kalisz, Matt Ankerholz, Jonathan Ratliff and Chad Mylin with a time of 1:30.56.
Junior Daniel Bis and sophomore Keagan Finley added a one-two finish in the 1000 free, led by Bis at 9:26.02 followed by Finley at 9:38.96.
FSU followed with three sweeps before the break in the 200 free, 50 free and 200 IM, as junior Will Pisani led the 200 free with a time of 1:39.86 followed by sophomore Griffin Alaniz in second 1:42.56 and freshman Patrick Butkovich (1:43.28) in third.
Sophomore John Mataxas (20.42) junior Emir Muratovic (20.55) and junior John Vann (20.75) were the fastest three swimmers in the 50 free, while junior Rudo Loock (1:51.05), freshman Julio Horrego (1:51.64) and freshman Ryan Telford (1:54.88) were the top three finishers in the 200 IM.
Following the break, Florida State added another one-two-three showing, this time in the 100 free, led by sophomore Felipe Ribeiro de Souza with a time of 44.46. Sophomore Vladmir Stefanik was second (45.02) and senior Joe Plechy was third (45.31).
Mataxas won his second event of the day, touching first in the 100 fly at 48.46 ahead of sophomore Max Polianksi (49.99) in second and Ratliff in third (50.56).
Kalisz added a win in the 100 back at 49.52 ahead of Alaniz in second at 51.20 before senior Calvin Bryant won the 500 free (4:37.00) ahead of freshman Alex Cronin (4:38.45).
Ankerholz turned in the fastest time in the 100 breast at 56.34, just ahead of Horrego (56.37).
The team of underclassmen finished just ahead of the seniors in the 200 free relay, as Junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha, Muratovic along with Ribeiro de Souza and Vladimir Stefanik touched at 1:21.50.
Freshman Josh Davidson led the way for the Noles on 1-meter, scoring 327.00 ahead of sophomores Cameron Thatcher (312.00) in second and Aidan Faminoff in third (278.40).
On 3-meter, Thatcher held off Davidson (376.88) for the win scoring 377.78.
The 166-68 victory moves FSU to 4-5 on the season.
Florida State heads to the Auburn Invite that runs from Feb. 2-4 in Auburn, Ala.
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