October 17, 2019
Swim & Dive to Host Minnesota on Friday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.   –  Due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, the No.17/24 Florida State swimming and diving teams will host RV/18 Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

“We’re excited to host a very good and very well-coached Minnesota team,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The weather has made us move up the meet and we felt that this would be the best opportunity for the student-athletes to compete.”

 

The Meet

The meet will feature 16 events, featuring the 100s and 200s of each stroke in addition to the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 1000 free, 500 free, 50 free and 400 IM. The divers will compete in 1-meter and 3-meter diving simultaneously to the swimming events.

Live timing will be available on meet mobile and through the @FSU_swimming Twitter account.

The team will be wearing pink caps in support of the ‘Paint it Pink’ campaign where all FSU women’s athletic teams are expected to participate in the initiative this season. T-Shirts will be available for a $10 donation and fleece blankets will be sold for $30.

The Series

The women have meet four times school history, claiming its first win over the Golden Gophers last season in Minneapolis in upsetting fashion over the 13th-ranked Gophers, 176-124.

The men have met three times and FSU holds the series lead 2-1 after falling 119-181 last season.

The Last Time Out

The Seminoles split a dual with NR/22 Duke on Saturday, Oct. 12. The men won in a thrilling 153-147 decision and the women fell 127-177.  The men are 1-1, 1-1 ACC on the season while the women are 0-2, 0-2 ACC.

FSU had three student-athletes earn ACC Performers of the week.

A team captain, Stefanik brought home two of FSU’s three wins in the final four events in order to lead the 17th-ranked Noles to victory over the Blue Devils, 153-147.  The Varin, Slovakia native, led a 1-2 finish in the 100 fly with a time of 48.42, which is the 11th fastest time in the nation this season. Minutes later, Stefanik anchored the 400 free relay with a split of 43.77, in a winner take all situation. The time of 2:57.48 is the top time in the country. Earlier in the meet, Stefanik won the 200 free with a time of 1:37.95.

Junior Joshua Davidson earned his fourth-career ACC Male Diver of the Week honor after winning both 1-meter and 3-meter against the Blue Devils. The Tomball, Texas native led the way for a dominant FSU 1-2 finish on 3-meter with a score of 357.60.  Later in the meet, when the Seminoles needed it most, Davidson captured first place points by a margin of 2.92, for a total of 328.80, giving the Noles the lead heading into the final two swimming events.

Senior Ayla Bonniwell (Ithaca, N.Y.) turned in a first place finish on 3-meter with a total of 308.85 after finishing second on 1-meter at 301.12. This is her fourth time earning the honor in her career.

Sophomore Hannah Womer led the women’s team with three individual event wins, claiming victory in the 100 breast (1:03.41), 200 breast (2:15.81) and 200 IM (2:02.60).

The men’s team won nine events, including 1-2 finishes in 3-meter diving, 200 free and 100 fly.

Both Minnesota teams dropped the opener to No. 7/10 Florida. The men lost 116.5-178.5, and the women lost 97-202.

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