January 24, 2020
Swim & Dive to Recognize 13 Seniors on Saturday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15/25 Florida State swimming and diving teams will host Florida Atlantic and Miami on Saturday at the Morcom Aquatics Center on Senior Day. Senior recognition will start at 10:40 a.m. and the meet will follow at approximately 11 a.m.

“We’re looking forward to a big day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We want to continue fine-tuning things for post season competition, but we also want to appreciate our seniors and give them a great sendoff that they deserve.”

The Meet

The meet will follow the 16-event format featuring the 100s and 200s of each stroke in addition to the 50 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 200 IM, 200 medley and free relays. Diving will compete simultaneously on both 1-meter and 3-meter.

Live results can be found on Seminoles.com or the meet mobile app https://sportstiming.com/event/florida-state-university-vs-alabama-2/?instance_id=38674


Prior to the meet, 13 seniors will be recognized:

  • Griffin Alaniz – Back/Free/IM, Rockville, Md.
  • Manuella Andrade – Free, Curitiba, Brazil
  • Ayla Bonniwell – Diving, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Molly Carlson – Diving, Toronto, Ontario
  • Aidan Faminoff – Diving, Victoria, B.C.
  • Dorothy Halmy – Free/Fly, Shenandoah, Texas
  • Eden Hessinger – Diving, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Rudo Loock – Free/IM, Pretoria, South Africa
  • John Mataxas – Free/Fly, Savannah, Georgia
  • Max Polianski – IM/Fly, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Paige Schendelaar-Kemp – Free/Fly, Auckland New Zealand
  • Vladimir Stefanik – Free/Fly, Varin, Slovakia
  • Cam Thatcher – Diving, Toledo, Ohio


The Series

Vs. Miami (Women Only)

  • The Seminoles lead the all-time series 30-14, notching 17-straight wins including two in the past two seasons. The series dates back to Jan. 20, 1973.

Vs. Florida Atlantic

  • The men are 24-1 and the women are 29-0 all-time against the Owls.
  • This will be the third-straight season the Seminoles have faced both teams.

The Last Time Out

  • The Seminoles split a meet on the road against RV/- LSU. The men (5-3) outlasted the Tigers 153-145, but the women (5-5) fell 132-168.
  • The men were led by freshman Peter Varjasi, who contributed three individual wins including an LSU pool record-setting swim in the 100 free at 43.69. Varjasi joins FSU Hall of Fame swimmers Brendon Dedekind and Stephen Parry on the LSU Natatorium record board, as Dedekind set the 50 free mark at 19.68 and Parry posted a 1:44.90 in the 200 fly back on Jan. 24, 1998.
  • The women were led by sophomore Nina Kucheran, who went a perfect four-of-four. Kucheran dominated the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.76 before swimming her season best dual meet time in the 200 breast for the win at 2:12.04. She won her third individual, claiming the 200 IM (2:03.25) in a one-two showing along with freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren (2:03.53). The Sudbury, Ont., native, started the meet off by helping the Noles win the 200 medley relay.



  • The Hurricanes are 3-3 on the season, winning their previous three meets over Illinois, Boston College and FGCU.
  • Miami is led by senior diver Alicia Blagg, who is looking to make her third Olympic team for Great Britain. She was the 2019 ACC Diver of the Year after finishing third on 3-meter at NCAAs and is also a three-time ACC gold medalist.
  • Miami also has a men’s diving team.


Florida Atlantic

  • The women are 3-2 and the men are 2-2 on the season.
  • Malvina Catalano captured back-to-back C-USA Diver of the Week honors after she helped the Owls defeat Florida Gulf Coast for the first time in 11 seasons.
  • Josh Fountain and Rateb Hussein claimed two individual wins against SUNY Geneseo, helping the Owls win 213-86. Fountain won the 200 free (1:46.73) and 100 free (48.15) and Hussein won the 200 fly (1:52.79) and 100 fly (50.35).

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