October 11, 2019
Swim & Dive Set To Host Home Opener Against Duke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.   –  The (No.17/24) Florida State swimming and diving teams will host (NR/22) Duke at the Morcom Aquatics Center at 10 a.m.

The women’s meet will feature a top 25 matchup between the 24th-ranked Seminoles (0-1, 0-1 ACC) and No. 22 Blue Devils (0-0). FSU’s men are ranked 17th in the nation in the first TYR Top 25 Dual Meet poll, which was released by the CSCAA on Wednesday.

“It’s been a tough week for us,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Our team has been working through an illness and it has us on our heels. We’re going to give it our best and fight to the end against a very good Duke team.”

The Meet

The meet will follow the 16 event format featuring 100’s and 200’s of each stroke and the 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, 1000 free, 500 free, 50 free and 200 IM. The divers will compete on both 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

Live results will be available on the meet mobile app.

The Series

Florida State holds the both the men’s (5-1) and women’s (3-2) series lead against the Blue Devils. The Seminoles last split a decision at Duke on Oct. 14, 2017 in Durham, N.C., where the men won 208-145, and the women fell 160.5-192.5.

The Last Time Out

The Seminoles dropped their season opener at No. 12/16 Notre Dame (M – 129-171, W – 226.5- 183.5). Sophomores Nina Kucheran and Izaak Bastian contributed three victories each, claiming the 200 medley, 100 breast and 200 breast. Freshman Peter Varjasi and senior Griffin Alaniz were each a part of two victories.

This is the first meet of the season for Duke.

The First CSCAA Poll

Both FSU squads were ranked in the opening CSCAA (College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America) TYR Top 25 poll. Among the four meets on the slate in October, the Seminoles will have faced four ranked teams and two that received votes.

On Oct. 19, FSU will host another top 25 showdown between RV/18 Minnesota.

The next poll will be released on Oct. 23.

Draft Day

Following the meet, 13-year old Sam Donaway of Crawfordville, Fla., will be signing a Letter of Intent to officially become a member of the FSU swimming and diving team. Donaway, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 2007 was matched to the Seminoles through Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, MA that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,800 children with more than 600 colleges and universities in 48 states, reaching over 55,000 participating student athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student athletes join the child’s support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom.

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