AUBURN, Ala. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams closed out the Auburn Invite on Sunday with three top three finishes and more career best swims.
Several seniors ended their careers in the Garnet and Gold on Sunday, by clocking season best swims. Georgia Gardner (2:02.41) and Meg Brown (2:05.70) touched in sixth and eighth place respectively in the 200 back. Fabiana Ingram (51.98) took 14th in the 100 free ahead of McKenna Keith (52.51) in 17th. Daniel Bis was sixth in the 200 fly at 1:49.03.
Senior Mykala Arnold finished her career on Saturday following her prelim swim of the 100 back (57.81).
“Today was a very special day for us,” FSU assistant coach Ozzie Quevedo said. “Some of our seniors closed out their careers in a unique way. We celebrated each one of their swims as they closed this special chapter of being FSU student-athletes. Overall, this was a very strong weekend for us. We experienced season and career best times, highlighted our final session tonight. Now, our preparation for ACC’s and NCAA’s is underway.”
Florida State had two sophomores take home silvers as Kara Coughlin capped off a great weekend by taking second the 200 back with a season best mark of 2:00.49. Madi Tyle was the runner-up in the 200 fly where she posted her career best time in the 200 fly at 2:00.45.
Freshman Nate Stadler turned in his career best time in the 200 back in prelims (1:48.30) and finished the race in fourth place with a final time of 1:48.46. His classmate Ricardo Roche followed in sixth place (1:52.42) after he took ninth in the 1650 free (16:14.80) earlier in the day.
Freshman Lauren Hew led the way for the Noles in the 100 free (51.88) in 13th and sophomore Oszkar Lavotha was just off his career best (45.03), touching in eighth in the men’s 100 free at 43.07.
The Seminoles had three in the finals of the 200 breast, led by sophomore Kile Carriger (2:17.20) in fifth, just ahead of sophomore Bella English in sixth, who turned in a personal best time at 2:17.60. Freshman Katherine Baker was ninth at 2:18.25.
Sophomores Chad McGuire and Paxton Rhoads saw big time drops in the 200 breast as McGuire placed fourth at 2:00.21 ahead of Rhoads in fifth at 2:00.70.
In addition to Tyle, freshman Alexis Durlacher finished fourth in the 200 fly with a career best time of 2:02.73.
Prior to finals, junior Manualla Andrade grabbed bronze in the 1650 free with a time of 16:59.38 ahead of rookie Maggie Emary in fourth at 17:08.38.
The Seminoles will prepare for the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. that will run from Feb. 20-23 and Feb. 27-March 2 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
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