TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team (1-1, 0-1 ACC) picked up its first win of the season, defeating TCU 212-88 (1-4) on Friday at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
The Seminoles were dominant, winning 13 of the 16 events, including one-two showings in 12 races.
“Today was a lot of fun,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had a lot of ladies swim their first dual meet today and get their first collegiate wins, which was awesome. We had great leadership from our seniors.”
Freshmen Sydney Cole and Jenny Halden each wrote their names in the FSU record books by swimming all-time top 10 marks.
Cole won the 1000 free with a time of 9:58.86, which is the 10th fastest swim in school history. Cole’s time was the first 1000 free under the 10-minute barrier in a dual meet since Madison Jacobi set the school record at 9:46.25 against Florida Atlantic on Jan. 17, 2014.
Halden won the 100 fly with an NCAA B standard time of 53.05, which ranks seventh all-time.
FSU started the meet by placing first and second in the 200 medley relay, led by the team of senior Emma Terebo, junior Katherine Baker, Halden and senior Rebecca Moynihan (1:39.79). Senior Madeline Cohen, junior Hannah Womer, senior Elise Olsen and freshman Zsofia Kurdi followed in second place with a time of 1:41.13.
In the 200 free, freshman Phoebe Griffiths (1:49.25) and junior Kertu Alnek (1:50.39) finished in first and second place before the Noles swept the 100 back behind Terebo (54.48), Junior Maddie McDonald (54.67) and freshman Pia Murray (54.69).
Freshman Zsofia Kurdi
Kurdi (1:02.91) won the 100 breast in her first collegiate meet, followed by Baker (1:03.07) in second place.
Womer (2:00.74) and freshman Ginevra Molino (2:03.38) provided a one-two punch in the 200 fly and Halden (22.90), Moynihan (23.03) and freshman Gabrianna Banks (23.41) added a sweep in the 50 free before the first break.
The Seminoles added two more sweeps, as Alnek (50.40), Moynihan (50.62) and Terebo (50.83) took the 100 free. McDonald (1:57.91), Murray (1:58.95) and freshman Natalie Peterson (2:01.99) placed first, second and third in the 200 back.
Griffiths added another victory, winning the 500 free (4:52.47) ahead of sophomore Maggie Emary in second (4:56.95).
FSU swept the 100 fly led by Halden, followed by Olsen (54.67), who swam her fastest race since sitting out the 2019-20 season due to injury. Womer rounded out the field in third place at 55.57.
“It was great to see Elise come back,” Studd added. “She had surgery and she hasn’t been that fast in a few years after qualifying for NCAAs as a freshman. She’s been through a lot of adversity and that’s what all of the tears and hugs was about.”
Molino (4:20.74) was the winner in 400 IM before the Noles closed out the meet with another one-two showing in the 200 free relay. The squad of Kurdi, Banks, Halden and Moynihan clocked a time of 1:31.52 ahead of Alnek, McDonald, Terebo and Olsen (1:32.26).
Freshman Samantha Vear
Freshman Samantha Vear led the Noles in diving, finishing in second place on 1-meter (277.25) and third place on 3-meter (256.35).
“With where we are, for how long they had off, how long they’ve been back and with all of them being freshmen and they’re all learning what I’m asking them to change, I’m very happy with what they’re doing,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “TCU brought some really good divers and they performed very well and like I said, for where our ladies are right now and with what they’ve been doing in practice, I couldn’t be happier.”
The 18th-ranked men’s team (1-0, 1-0 ACC) will host TCU (0-3) on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Fans will not be permitted.
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