ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 16/25 Florida State swimming and diving teams were paced by a school record and two individual event wins on the second day of the Georgia Invite at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Sophomore Nick Vance started the night off by setting the school record in the 400 IM with an NCAA B time of 3:45.50 for second place. The St. Charles, Illinois native, took down the mark that was set back in 2012 by Juan Sequera at 3:45.83.
Vance set his personal best in prelims at 3:48.04 before dropping 2.54 seconds at finals to claim the record in one of the toughest events in the sport.
“Watching Nick break the school record was special for so many reasons,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “He’s a great, hard-working guy that has had to deal with COVID (training challenges) like everyone else and on top of that his mom is sick and getting treatment. Despite everything going on in his life, he crushes it!
“It’s nothing short of inspirational and I could not be any prouder or any happier for him. He blew me away today.”
The Seminoles had five swims make the all-time top 10 list in program history, four of which were performed by freshmen.
Rookie Jenny Halden was the winner in the 100 fly, posting an NCAA B time of 52.67, ranking fifth in school history.
Florida State had another strong day on the boards as the Noles won gold and silver in the women’s 1-meter competition. Freshman Samantha Vear won her second event of the meet, scoring 289.95 ahead of teammate Vivian Johnson in second place (271.35).
“I’m very happy for our divers today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “All of them had some firsts today and for what we’ve been able to train so far this year, we’ll take what we can get.”
The Seminoles started the night off by taking silver in the women’s 200 medley relay with the team of senior Emma Terebo, junior Hannah Womer, Halden and junior Kertu Alnek with a time of 1:38.90.
Freshman Ginerva Molina turned in the fourth fastest time in school history in the 400 IM, clocking 4:13.73 for fifth place. Junior Maggie Emary also competed in the top heat and finished in eighth at 4:19.19.
In addition to Halden, senior Elise Olsen finished in sixth place in the 100 fly at 54.88 after posting a 54.63 in prelims. Womer placed eighth with a time of 55.45 after swimming a 54.85 in prelims.
The Noles had three in the championship heat in the 200 free, led by freshman Phoebe Griffiths in fifth place with a time of 1:47.75, which is the 10th fastest swim in school history. Freshman Ashley Zettle followed in sixth (1:50.49) and Alnek in seventh (1:51.44).
Freshman Zsofia Kurdi tied for third in the 100 breast (1:02.65) ahead of junior Katherine Baker in eighth (1:04.11).
Terebo won silver in the 100 back with a time of 53.39 ahead of freshman Pia Murray in fourth (54.07), Halden in fifth (54.63), junior Maddie McDonald in sixth (54.72) and senior Madeline Cohen in eighth (55.19).
In addition to Vear and Johnson, freshman Kayleigh Clark finished in eighth place with a score of 204.15.
Freshman Brooke Goedel competed in two events, taking fifth place on 1-meter (230.10) and sixth on platform (217.20).
The Seminoles closed out the night by taking third in the 800 free relay behind Alnek, Griffiths, Zettle and sophomore Elizabeth Harris at 7:25.10.
The men started off the night by winning bronze in the 200 medley relay behind freshman Mason Herbet, junior Izaak Bastian, sophomore Domen Demsar and sophomore Peter Varjasi at 1:25.60.
In addition to Vance, freshman Will Hoogenboom swam in the top heat of the 400 IM, touching with a time of 3:57.94 for seventh place.
Herbet finished fifth in the 100 fly (47.85) ahead of junior Max McCusker (48.47) in seventh.
Sophomore Aziz Ghaffari led the Noles in the 200 free, winning bronze with a time of 1:35.18.
Bastian took fourth in the 100 breast (54.36) ahead of senior Paxton Rhoads (55.65) in sixth and junior Jackson Seith (55.66) in seventh.
Herbet came back in his third race of the night and achieved the sixth fastest time in the 100 back in school history at 47.17, touching in fourth place ahead of senior Jackson Lucas (47.52) in fifth.
Senior Joshua Davidson was the runner-up on 3-meter, scoring 352.30, just under two points shy of the win. Freshman Darwin Nolasco was fifth at 317.10.
“They did a great job this week,” Proctor said. “They’re excited to get back training and try and get ahead for this long difficult break we have coming up.”
The Noles closed the night by winning bronze in the 800 free relay with the team of Ghaffari, Varjasi, Ksiazek and freshman David Quirie at 6:27.58.
“The team had an incredible day,” Studd added. “We had so many great performances. We have a very special thing going here with our team culture and some amazing teammates. It’s great to be back at these meets, but this team has made it extra special.”
Prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. with finals following at 3 p.m. on Friday.
After the second day, both the women (823.5) and men (722) are in second place.
No spectators will be allowed, however, all sessions will be streamed via the SEC Network+. Live results will also be available through the meet mobile app.
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