TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will be represented by three swimmers at the 2020 NCAA Championships, which will be held from March 18-21 in Athens, Ga.
Sophomores Aryanna Fernandes and Nina Kucheran along with freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren will be competing individually at the meet.
So. • Aryanna Fernandes • Fly/IM • Ajax, Ontario
- In her first season as a Seminole, Fernandes qualified for NCAAs in the 100 fly with a time of 52.03, where she is seeded 21st.
- Her 52.03 is the third fastest time in school history, a mark that she set at the Georgia Tech Invite.
- In addition to the 100 fly, Fernandes can also compete in the 200 fly (1:57.22), after securing an NCAA B standard at the Georgia Tech Invite.
- Fernandes won the bonus heat of the 200 fly (1:58.86) and was 11th in the 100 fly (52.83) at the ACC Championships.
- She won ACC Swimmer of the Week following her performance against No. 18 Minnesota where she won the 200 fly (2:01.53) and 100 fly (53.82).
So. • Nina Kucheran • Breast/IM • Sudbury, Ontario
- Will be competing in her second NCAAs, after qualifying in the 100 breast with a time of 59.89, which she did last weekend at the UGA Last Chance Invite. Her time seeds her 35th.
- Kucheran can also swim the 200 IM (1:59.76) and 200 breast (2:10.19) as both times are NCAA B standards.
- Kucheran finished ninth at the ACC Championships in both the 100 breast (1:00.68) and 200 breast (2:10.19)
- Swam in the 2019 Toyota US Open and won the bonus final of the 100m breast at 1:09.21.
- Last season, Kucheran set the school record in the 200 breast at 2:08.78.
Fr. • Sydney VanOvermeiren • Breast/IM • Oswego, Ill.
- Competing in her first NCAAs and is only eligible to swim the 400 IM, where she is seeded 36th.
- VanOvermeiren finished ninth in the 400 IM at the ACC Championships with a personal best of 4:10.36.
- Her 4:10.36 is the third fastest time in school history.
- She competed at the 2019 Toyota US Open where she earned a second swim in the 400m IM.
“We’re excited for these ladies that made it to the postseason,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “These three are really hard-working young ladies that really deserve it. We got a little unlucky with a relay just missing by .02 and another swimmer that made the cut, but the timing system failed. Hopefully our luck will be different at nationals.”
Senior divers Molly Carlson and Ayla Bonniwell will look to punch their tickets at the NCAA Zone B Qualifier, which will also be held at the University of Georgia from March 9-11.
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