Nick Zorn Added to Florida State Coaching Staff

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Florida State swimming and diving head coach Neal Studd announced the hiring of Nick Zorn as an assistant swimming coach. Zorn spent the past two seasons serving as a volunteer assistant at Alabama.

“We are extremely excited to add Nick to our staff,” Studd said. “He has extensive experience with a very good coaching staff at Alabama. He brings a few different things for us and will allow us to have more specialized training for our student-athletes.”

Zorn helped the Crimson Tide men achieve back-to-back NCAA top 15 finishes while being ranked in the CSCAA Top 25.

“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with such a young and talented team and knowledgeable staff,” Zorn said. “Florida State has been a team on the rise since Neal came to FSU and I am eager to start contributing to make this team the best it can be in any way I can.”

While in Tuscaloosa, Zorn spent the 2016-17 season working with the sprinters before moving over to coach the breaststroke group in 2017-18, which was led by junior Justine MacFarlane who took 16th in the 100 breast at the 2018 NCAA Championships. She also helped Alabama to a 12th place finish in the 200 medley relay.

Outside of the pool, Zorn assisted the staff with international recruiting and also led dryland training for the student-athletes during the summer.

Zorn also worked with rising senior Robert Howard over the summer, where he set a new Alabama LCM record in the 100m free at 48.67 at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships and he also added an eighth place finish in the 50m free at 22.17.

The Marietta, Georgia, native got his start in coaching during his senior season at Delta State University by assisting the local club team, Delta Aquatic Club.

Zorn was an All-American at Delta State where he specialized in the free events. He helped lead the Statesmen to five NSISC relay titles during his career and was the individual champion in the 100 free as a senior in 2016.

“We’ve had great success rising up the national rankings these past two seasons and we want to continue to do that into the top 10 and beyond,” Studd added. “This is a big step in that direction and I think Nick will be a great addition and fit to our program.”


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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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