Tommaso Baravelli Wins Three Times as Florida State Swims Past Harvard

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

Tommaso Baravelli Wins Three Times as Florida State Swims Past Harvard

Tommaso Baravelli won three events Tuesday as Florida State topped Harvard, 168-132, in a dual meet in Tallahassee.

Baravelli posted a time of 55.35 seconds to win the 100 breaststroke, one of three Seminoles in the 55-mids. Jaydon Cunningham was second in 55.43, with Marcos Egri-Martin third in 55.57. Baravelli won the 200 breast in 2:00.33, with Cunningham third. He also went 1:49.88 in the 200 individual medley.

Baravelli swam breaststroke in Florida State’s winning 200 medley relay, which edged Harvard’s A squad by .33 seconds in 1:28.58. He joined Mason Herbet, Tobias Schulrath and Jokubas Keblys on that quartet.

Yordan Yanchev also won twice for Florida State, striking at Harvard’s traditional distance depth. Yanchev’s time of 1:37.02 in the 200 free, leading a 1-2 with Utku Kurtdere. He won the 500 free in 4:27.04 to deny a race of strength for the Crimson.

Peter Varjasi won the 100 free and 100 fly for the Seminoles, closer to their traditional strength. He went 43.21 to rout the field in the 100 free by more than two seconds. His time of 48.26 led a 1-2 with Sam Bork. Varjasi’s time of 20.34 was second in the 50 free. He was quicker in leading off the victorious Florida State 200 free relay in 20.00, teaming with Max Wilson, Keblys (19.84) and Bork to win in 1:20.08.

Darwin Nolasco scored 405.15 points to win 3-meter diving, a 1-2 result with David Vargas Garcia. Nolasco had been second on 1-meter.

Harvard applied plenty of pressure, in its distance stock and trade and well beyond. Cole Kuster won the 1,000 free in 9:14.93 and finished second in the 500. David Schmitt and Felipe Baffico went 1-2 in the 200 fly, then Schmitt finished third in the 100 fly. Anthony Rincon won the 200 back in 1:47.30, edging out teammate Gunner Grant, who’d won the 100 back.

Harvard’s sprinters contributed to the effort. Sonny Wang won the 50 free in 20.29 seconds. David Greeley was second in the 100 free. The Crimson also scored a win on 1-meter diving via Adam Wesson’s score of 333.75.

The meet was men’s only, as Florida State was due to swim Northern Florida, but the Ospreys were unable to travel due to wind. The Seminoles swam an exhibition, with only Harvard’s female divers competing.

The Crimson swept the top three spots on 1-meter, lead by Nina Janmyr’s score of 322.50. Amy Wotovich won 3-meter with 324.15 and was third on 1-meter.

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