February 29, 2020
Varjasi, 400 Free Relay Add Podium Performances 🥈🥉to Conclude ACCs

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 14 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team capped off the 2020 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center by adding bronze in the 400 free relay after freshman Peter Varjasi won silver in the 100 free.

The team of senior Vladimir Stefanik, sophomore Jakub Ksiazek, Varjasi and sophomore Max McCusker turned in FSU’s fourth NCAA automatic standard at 2:50.54.

The bronze was the fifth relay medal of the meet, marking the first time since 2009 all five relays stood on the podium in a single ACCs.

The 400 free relay

Stefanik led off with his fastest 100 free ever, touching in at 42.90, which is the sixth fastest time in school history.  The Varin, Slovakia, native established his best in prelims of the individual at 43.11 and kept getting faster as the day went on.

Ksiazek took over the second leg, swimming the fastest split of the four at 42.22, keeping FSU in contention for a medal.  Varjasi battled with Louisville and Virginia going third, however McCusker’s 42.39 on the anchor held off the Cavaliers, giving the Noles the bronze.

Varjasi took his second individual medal of the meet, touching in for silver by one one-hundredth at a career best of 42.68, which ranks as the fifth fastest time in FSU history.

Florida State finished the meet in fifth place with a total of 812.5, passing No. 18 Notre Dame in the last event.

“We had a great finish to a great week of racing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re really excited that we have all five relays heading to NCAAs along with some good individuals. It was an awesome effort to pass Notre Dame at the end in the team race, that was very satisfying.”

Senior Max Polianski competed in the championship heat of the 200 fly in his final ACCs, touching in eighth place with a time of 1:47.17, after swimming a mark of 1:44.25 in prelims.

Jackson Lucas

Junior Jackson Lucas competed in B final of the 200 back after posting a career best in prelims (1:43.28). He finished 14th overall with a time of 1:43.70.

Senior Griffin Alaniz swam a strong final 50 yards in order to win the bonus heat of the 200 back at 1:42.89 ahead of freshman Nick Vance (1:46.13) in 23rd place.

The Seminoles had three others in addition to Varjasi compete in finals of the 100 free. Stefanik swam his then-best time at 43.06 and Ksiazek followed in 14th at 43.59.

Max McCusker won the C final, touching with his personal best at 43.08, which remains as the 10th fastest swim in school history.

Both sophomore Izaak Bastian and freshman Nevada Wood swam in the B final of the 200 breast, led by Bastian in 14th (1:57.42) followed by Wood in 15th (1:58.44), after he swam his best time in prelims at 1:57.59.

Freshman Balazs Berecz competed in the C final, finishing 24th at 1:59.52 after contributing his best in prelims at 1:59.36.

Freshman Maurice Ingenrieth held his place from prelims, touching in 14th with a time of 1:45.52 after clocking 1:45.06 in prelims, which was his personal best. His performance keeps him in fifth place on the FSU all-time top 10 list.


Scott Pekarske

Before finals, freshman Scott Pekarske swam a personal best in the 1650 free at 15:10.85, swimming the eighth fastest time in school history for 10th place overall.

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