GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshman Yordan Yanchev highlighted the second day of the 2021 ACC Championships for the No. 15 Florida State swimming and diving team by finishing in fifth place in the 500 free with a time of 4:16.66.
Yanchev ran away with the heat one victory in prelims, clocking (NCAA B) 4:15.02, which was the second fastest time in school history behind Kyle Young’s school record of 4:14.60 set in 2009. His performance was also under the previous NCAA invited time.
The Bulgarian went into finals seeded fourth, becoming the first ‘A’ finalist in the race since 2013.
At night, Yanchev paced with the leaders early, but found himself in a three-way battle for fourth place toward the end of the race. Yanchev held on to finish fifth, slightly off his morning swim of 4:16.66.
The Seminoles also added another NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 free relay of 1:16.82 behind junior Jakub Ksiazek, sophomore Peter Varjasi, freshman Mason Herbet and junior Max McCusker.
Ksiazek led off with his best 50 free of the day, clocking 19.61. Varjasi gave the Noles the advantage in heat two with a split of 18.93 before handing the race off to FSU’s two best underwater swimmers.
Herbet and McCusker extended the lead and touched for the heat two win. Following the final heat, the Seminoles would end up fifth overall in a very tight field.
“We had another really solid day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We scored points in every event and our NCAA-qualifying relay was very well-executed.”
Including Yanchev’s 500 free, the Seminoles had seven individuals back for finals in three events.
Freshman David Quirie worked from lane eight of the final heat in prelims of the 500 free and swam his personal best by almost six seconds in order to qualify for the consolation heat in 10th place ahead of junior Santi Corredor in 15th at 4:20.84.
At night, Quirie went out for the early lead, however Corredor made his move near the halfway point from lane one to take over the slight edge over the field.
Corredor would finish second in the heat at 4:18.74 just off his personal best (4:18.57) for 10th place overall, while Quirie took 12th at 4:19.60.
Quire’s 4:18.59 now ranks fifth in school history, while Corredor is sixth at 4:18.74. It was the first time since 2005, the Noles had three swimmers finish within the top 12 of the 500 free at ACCs.
Freshman Mason Herbet swam in the bonus heat of the 200 IM after qualifying 17th out of prelims behind a personal best at 1:46.03. In finals, Herbet took over the lead after the backstroke leg and touched with a new best of 1:44.94, which now ranks third in school history.
“Those guys in the 500 were awesome,” Studd said. “Mason’s 200 IM was also really good.”
The Noles had three in the final of the 50 free, led by Varjasi in 12th at 19.58, Ksiazek in 16th at 19.97. McCusker swam his personal best at 19.68 for second place in the bonus final and 18th overall.
Florida State is in sixth place with a total of 320 points, trailing closely behind No. 10 Virginia (335) and No. 18 North Carolina (350).
“Tomorrow is a really good day for us,” Studd added. “We’re looking forward to it.”
Friday’s prelims will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. The 400 medley relay will close out finals, which start at 6 p.m.
The meet will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and live timing will be available through meet mobile.
No spectators will be allowed at the meet.
The men’s diving portion of the event took place last week, with the Seminoles scoring 110 points, which is the fifth-highest total in the meet.
ACC Network Extra Schedule
Friday (10 am – 9 pm) – https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=71b46d48-37cd-49f0-bc11-9810368f92bb
Saturday (10 am – 9 pm) – https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=25a9d9f0-fe4b-48ee-93b2-9d05f3c39bb8
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