Florida State Men Top Tampa, Cap First Unbeaten Campaign Since 1997

Peter Varjasi; Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Esbrandt / Florida State Athletics

The No.15/21 Florida State swimming teams defeated the University of North Florida and the University of Tampa on Wednesday afternoon at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The No. 15 men took the victory over the Spartans, 207-55, to finish 2020-21 undefeated (6-0, 1-0 ACC). It’s the fourth time in program history and first since 1997 the Noles finished the regular season unbeaten.

“We had a really great day. Some awesome swims and some exciting things to look forward to for ACC’s,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Incredibly proud that the men finished up an undefeated season.”

The No. 21 women took home two wins, beating Tampa, 167-81, and UNF, 182-66, to close the year out at 4-2-1, 0-1 ACC. Tampa topped North Florida, 186-64, to cap the women’s tri-meet.

The women won 12 of the 14 total events, starting off with a win on the 200 medley relay behind Tania Quaglieri, Madison Blakesley, Jenny Halden, and Rebecca Moynihan with a time of 1:45.75.

Freshman Phoebe Griffiths (10:16.14) was the winner in the 1000 free, while Quaglieri (1:49.47), Ashley Zettle (1:50.69) and Elizabeth Harris (1:53.04) followed with a sweep in the 200 free.

Freshman Jaden Herbet (55.47), Pia Murray (55.78) and Madeline Cohen (56.82) swept the 100 back, followed by another sweep by Moynihan (23.19), Zsofia Kurdi (23.21) and Emma Terebo (23.38) in the 50 free.

After the break, Florida State put together another sweep from Kurdi (50.15), Terebo (50.50) and Moynihan (51.06) in the 100 free. Murray placed first in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.49, followed by Natalie Peterson (2:04.23) finishing third.

Kile Carriger (2:17.69) was the winner in the 200 breast, while Molino (4:54.75), Griffiths (4:56.25) and Zettle (4:59.56) once again swept the 500 free. In the 100 fly, the Seminoles were led by Halden (53.92), followed by Herbet (55.21) in second and Murray (56.23) in third.

After the final break, FSU swept the 200 IM lead by Molino (2:06.26), who picked up her second individual win on the day. Sydney VanOvermeiren (2:07.61) and Carriger (2:07.94) followed behind Molino taking second and third place. Florida State finished the meet with a team win in the 200 free relay behind Moynihan, Kurdi, Terebo and Halden with a time of 1:31.99.

The men won 13 of the 14 total events, led by Mason Herbet, who won all three of his races. Conner Lowery also had a stellar day for Florida State with two victories.

Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi started the day with a first place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.96.

Yordan Yanchev made his season debut in today’s meet and won the 1000 free (9:33.75), followed by Cameron Taddonio (9:41.44) in second.

Will Hoogenboom (1:39.35), Jackson Lucas (1:39.46) and David Quirie (1:39.57) put together the first sweep of the day in the 200 free, while Lowery (48.92) and Noah Young (49.77) finished first and third place in the 100 back.

Herbet picked up a victory in the 100 breast, touching with a time of 55.34, followed by Paxton Rhoads (55.73) in second and Nevada Wood (56.32) in third. Rush Clark (1:49.02) was the winner in the 200 fly, Santi Corredor (1:50.67) was the runner-up, and Tommy Eaton (1:52.23) placed third.

Jakub Ksiazek (20.30), McCusker (20.73) and Domen Demsar (20.78) swept the 50 free and after the break, Herbet (44.67), Quinn Scholz (45.21) and Ksiazek (45.42) came back and finished first, second, and third place in the 100 free.

Lowery claimed his second win of the day in the 200 back (1:46.59) ahead of Lucas (1:48.22) and Elvis Kotikovski (1:48.52). Wood (2:02.52) and Rhoads (2:04.43) added a one-two finish in the 200 breast, followed by a sweep of the 500 free, led by Corredor (4:28.46), Yanchev (4:34.38) and Aziz Ghaffari (4:38.19).

Herbet won his third individual race of the day in the 200 IM (1:49.81), while Nick Vance touched closely behind in second (1:49.88), and Corredor (1:51.58) was third. Florida State finished the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay, with Blake Moran, McCusker, Ksiazek and Varjasi putting together a time of 1:22.01.

Tampa’s Julia Augustsson won the women’s 100 breast in 1:03.23 and took second in the 200 breast. Courtney Sherwood and Katie Horan went 1-2 in the 200 fly, and Sherwood was second in the 200 back.

On the men’s side, Tampa’s Yigit Saglam won the 100 fly in a time of 48.61.

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