Maggie Mac Neil Leads LSU Over Florida State; Seminole Men Victorious

Margaret Macneil of Canada reacts after winning the gold medal in the 100m Butterfly Women Final with a new world record during the FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December 18th, 2022. Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Maggie Mac Neil -- Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Maggie Mac Neil Leads LSU Over Florida State; Seminole Men Victorious

Racing for the first time since clobbering the short course meters world record in the 100 butterfly last monthMaggie Mac Neil was the decisive swimmer in LSU’s home win over Florida State Saturday while FSU’s men were led by Yordan Yanchev, Tommaso Baravelli and Mason Herbet on the way to a comfortable victory.

Mac Neil captured individual wins in the 50 freestyle (22.17) and 100 fly (52.01), and she paced a pair of comfortable LSU relay wins. She led off the Tigers’ 200 medley relay also including Hannah WomerHannah Bellina and Katarina Milutinovich, and that group finished in 1:39.62 to take the win. Later on, Reagan Osborne, Mac Neil, Megan Barnes and Michaela De Villiers took the 400 free relay in 3:19.55.

LSU freshman Ella Varga earned a pair of wins in the 100 backstroke (55.30) and 200 backstroke (1:57.40), while other LSU winners included. Jolee Liles (1000 free, 10:01.87), Barnes (200 free, 1:49.56), Milutinovich (100 free, 50.79), Jenna Bridges (500 free, 4:59.27) and Womer (200 IM, 2:02.61). LSU’s women ended up beating Florida State 180.5 to 119.5.

Florida State’s men came out on top 180-120, and Yanchev claimed wins in the 1000 free (9:19.46) and 500 free (4:25.18). Herbet finished on top in the 100 back (46.72) and 100 fly (47.47), and Baravelli claimed the 100 breaststroke (54.18) and 200 breast (1:58.29). In one of the most exciting finishes of the day, Herbet, Baravelli, Adrian Aguilar and Peter Varjasi came out on top in the 200 medley relay in 1:27.15, edging out LSU’s top team (1:27.38) that featured reigning 50 and 100 free NCAA champion Brooks Curry finishing in a blistering 18.55 split.

The Seminoles’ Carlos Vasquez won the 200 fly by one hundredth over LSU’s Gavin Rogers, 1:49.84 to 1:49.85, and Arijus Pavlidi took the 200 back in 1:46.18. Notably, LSU got two big wins from Curry in the 50 and 100 free, with the senior clocking 19.57 in the two-lap race and 43.61 for a comfortable win in the 100. Curry later split 42.03 on LSU’s winning 400 free relay.


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11 months ago

I was at the meet and have to aver this: I’ve never seen a more efficient, effective, fast flipturn than the one Curry threw down in that 18.55 relay split. ‘Attacking the wall’ would be understating it grossly. Took my breath right out of my chest…