TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three swimmers from the No. 21 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team were selected to the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held back in Atlanta from March 23-26 at the McAuley Aquatics Center.
Max McCusker earned his third NCAA bid, while Yordan Yanchev and Mason Herbet were chosen for their second.
“We’re excited for this group going to NCAAs,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “This meet is extremely competitive with the extra class of COVID fifth-years. We’re especially excited to be one of the few schools with five relays in the field.”
Max McCusker • Harlow, Essex UK • 50 free
50 free – 19.28, 100 fly – 45.61, 100 free – 42.57
McCusker contributed personal bests at the ACC Championship in all three of his races, finishing 13th in the 50 free (19.48), ninth in the 100 fly (45.61) and 10th in the 100 free (42.57).
He earned his invite by taking the final qualifying spot at No. 31 in the 50 free at 19.28, which he performed in prelims at ACCs.
However, McCusker is also able to swim the 100 free and 100 fly, where he will be seeded 38th and 36th respectively.
A team captain, McCusker is a valuable part of FSU’s relays, helping FSU set the school record in the 200 medley relay en route to capturing bronze at ACCs.
Yordan Yanchev • Sandanski, Bulgaria • 500 free
500 free – 4:14.16, 200 free – 1:36.14
Yanchev will appear at his second NCAAs after he set the FSU record in the 500 free at the ACC Championships at 4:14.16 to finish ninth. He erased Kyle Young’s mark set back in 2009 at 4:14.60.
He will be seeded 25th and can also compete in the 200 free, after posting an NCAA consideration time of 1:36.14 this season.
Mason Herbet • Oviedo, Fla. • 100 back
100 back – 45.85, 200 IM – 1:44.87, 200 back 1:44.27
Herbet swam his fastest 100 back time as the lead-off leg of the 400 medley relay at ACCs at 45.85, after placing seventh in the individual race at 46.42.
He will be seeded 27th and can also compete in the 200 IM and 200 back after posting consideration times this season.
Herbet is also a key relay swimmer, helping the Noles win bronze in the 200 medley relay in FSU record-setting fashion at ACCs. In addition to the medleys, he also contributes on the 200 free and 400 free relays.
The Seminoles will contest all five relays, earning the No. 11 seed in the 200 medley relay (1:23.15) and 200 free relay (1:16.40).
FSU is just outside the top 16 in the 400 free relay (2:50.15) in 17th and is also expected to be in the 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.
Peter Varjasi • Free • Erlangen, Germany
Varjasi will compete at his second NCAAs. He helped the Noles win bronze and set the school record in the 200 medley relay this season.
Individually, Varjasi scored in all three races at ACCs, placing 13th in the 200 free (1:34.51), 12th in the 100 free (42.75) and 15th in the 50 free (19.60).
Izaak Bastian • Breast • Nassau, Bahamas
A team captain, Bastian will be a part of the medley relays.
He helped secure bronze at ACCs behind a school record and he was also a part of the 200 medley relay in 2019 that placed seventh at the NCAA Championships.
Bastian placed 10th in the 100 breast (52.38) and was 17th in the 200 breast (1:55.36) at ACCs.
This will be his third NCAAs.
Jakub Ksiazek • Free • Szczecin, Poland
Ksiazek will be included in his third NCAA meet.
At the ACC Championships, Ksiazek placed 17th in the 50 free (19.56) and 19th in the 100 free (43.35) and was also 24th in the 200 free (1:35.84).
Ksiazek as a part of the 200 free relay that placed fifth.
During his career, Ksiazek has been a part of four All-American performances at NCAAs. He is also a part of all three FSU school record-setting relays.
Jokubas Keblys • Free • Pabevezys, Lithuania
Keblys joined the team in January and contributed to a fifth place finish in the 400 free relay at ACCs.
Individually, he placed 24th in the 100 free at ACCs (43.67) and added a personal best in a swim-off of the 50 free at 19.77.
Noles Conclude Zones
ATLANTA , Ga. – The Florida State divers concluded competition at the 2022 NCAA Zone B Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center on Wednesday with David Vargas and Jesco Helling advancing to finals of men’s platform.
Vargas and Helling advanced to finals in ninth and 10th place respectively behind scores of 336.55 and 333.90.
In finals, Helling scored above 55 points on five of his six dives, adding a total of 327.05 to remain in 10th place at 660.95.
Vargas was slightly off his totals from prelims and finished with a score of 643.85 for 12th place.
Darwin Nolasco competed in prelims, placing 19th with a total of 282.90.
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