February 9, 2019
Swim & Dive: Underclassmen Come Through with Personal Bests on Day Two of Auburn Invite

AUBURN, Ala. –  The Florida State swimmers continued to see times drop on the second day of the Auburn Invite at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.

“Tonight was highlighted by multiple improvements for the entire team especially the freshman class,” FSU assistant coach Ozzie Quevedo said. “The energy was very contagious from and our swimmers took advantage of that. Tomorrow brings the last two battles of this meet as we keep digging deeper in our quest to improve one more time this weekend.”

Sophomore Oszkar Lavotha turned in two career best times, first swimming a mark of 48.62 in the 100 fly for seventh place. Lavotha later swam in a time trial of the 50 free, posting a time of 19.85, becoming the fifth Seminole this season to break the 20-second barrier.

Once again, the Seminoles were strong in the opening relays as the team of sophomores Ana Zortea, Bella English, Madi Tyle and freshman Lauren Hew took home the victory with a time of 1:43.95.

The men followed with a victory behind freshman Nate Stadler, sophomore Paxton Rhoads and freshmen Kyle DiMatteo and Charles Gijsendorfer, with a time of 1:31.09.

Freshman Ricardo Roche was the lone Seminoles in the 400 IM finals where he took home bronze with a time of 4:02.25.

In the 100 fly, Tyle led the team with a sixth place finish at 56.84, ahead of senior Meg Brown in seventh at 57.54.  DiMatteo added his personal best in the men’s 100 fly, finishing ninth at 49.21.

Sophomore Hailey Ladd turned in her personal best in the 200 free, touching at 1:50.01 for sixth place, ahead of freshman Alexis Durlacher in ninth, who also swam her career best of 1:51.11.

Freshman Riley Dafoe was at his best in the 200 free, clocking 1:39.81 for eighth ahead of his classmate John Yambor-Maul in ninth (1:40.37), which was his career best.

English led the way in the 100 breast, seeing a near one-second drop, touching a 1:03.46 for sixth ahead of her classmate Kile Carriger (1:04.04) in seventh and freshman Katherine Baker (1:04.27) in ninth.

Rhoads added a seventh place finish (55.00) in the 100 breast, while sophomore Chad McGuire followed in ninth at 56.26, ahead of freshman Dillion Hall (56.91) in 11th.

Sophomore Kara Coughlin stayed hot in the 100 back, lowering her time to 55.74 and finishing sixth.  Zortea was seventh at 56.31, Hew took ninth (56.74), senior Fabiana Ingram (56.81) placed 11th and senior Georgiana Gardner was 13th at 57.14.

Stadler closed out the night with a fifth place finish with a time of 50.97.

Sunday’s prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with finals following at 3 p.m. (CT). Swimmers will compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. The 400 free will be swum with finals to close out the meet.

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