February 2, 2018
Wins, Best Times Fuel First Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams took home five wins on the first night of the Auburn Invitational.

“We had some good swims today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re looking forward to seeing more tomorrow and throughout the weekend.”

After earning the fourth seed following prelims of the 500 free, freshman Hailey Ladd swam over five seconds faster in finals, winning the race with a personal best time of 4:52.79.  Junior Melissa Marinheiro followed in second (4:53.99) and senior Alex Wittman finished fourth at 4:55.47.

The Noles also produced a one-two finish in the men’s 200 IM, led by sophomore Rudo Loock at 1:47.91 ahead of freshman Julio Horrego with a career best of 1:48.43.

Florida State was also victorious in three of the four relays on Friday, winning the opening women’s 200 free relay behind senior Brenna Ruth, freshman Madison Holland, junior Fabiana Ingram and freshman Bella English with a time of 1:34.74.

Both 400 medley relay teams grabbed first place to close out the session. Ingram, English along with freshmen Madi Tyle and McKenna Keith were the winners at 3:50.26.

Sophomore Nate Samson, freshman Paxton Rhoads, senior Jake Urbano and freshman Adrian Moya clocked a 3:17.73 for the win.

The Noles also had four other individual top finishes on the night.

Sophomore Griffin Alaniz placed seventh in the 500 free (4:26.31) just ahead of sophomore Alex Cronin in eighth (4:26.83) after turning in a best time in prelims of 4:25.83.

Florida State had swimmers place third and fourth behind career best times in the women’s 200 IM, led by freshman Kile Carriger (2:03.13), who turned in her best mark in prelims at 2:03.05 just ahead of sophomore Elizabeth Zubero 2:04.02 in fourth.

Saturday’s prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. and will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Finals will start at 5 p.m. CT.

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