Yordan Yanchev Impresses as Florida State Sweeps Tampa

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 26: Swimmers compete during the Prelims of the Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on March 26, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Carlos Morales/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Florida State's Yordan Yanchev -- Photo Courtesy: Carlos Morales

Yordan Yanchev Impresses as Florida State Sweeps Tampa

The Florida State Seminoles knocked off the University of Tampa Friday at home, with the FSU men winning 152.5-71.5 behind strong efforts from Yordan Yanchev and Blake Moran while the women used a balanced effort to win 163-61.

Yanchev checked in at 4:16.84 for a win in the 500 freestyle, and he later won the 200 free in 1:36.79. Moran also won a pair of freestyle event, taking the 50 (20.40) and 100 (44.54). Mason HerbetTommaso BaravelliAdrian Aguilar and Peter Varjasi won the 200 medley relay in 1:27.60, and the 200 free relay went to Herbet, Arijus PavlidiJokubas Keblys and Varjasi in 1:20.81.

The FSU women took the 200 medley relay in 1:39.51 with Sarah Evans, Julia Mansson, Jenny Halden and Gloria Muzito, and later on, Muzito, Aryanna Fernandes, Maddie McDonald and Zsofia Kurdi ended the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay, touching at 1:32.06. In between, Muzito took the 50 free (23.06), and Fernandes won the 100 IM (57.71). Mansson got the job done in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.53) while McDonald hit the wall with a time of 54.47 in the 100 backstroke.

Full results are available here, and read the full press release from Florida State below:

The No.16/NR Florida State swimming and diving teams brought home two wins against Tampa at the Morcom Aquatics Center on Friday.

The 16th-ranked men (4-2, 1-0 ACC) defeated Tampa 152.5-71.5, and the women (6-3, 2-0 ACC) won, 163-61.

Prior to the meet, 18 seniors were recognized for their achievements as student-athletes.

“Today was about the seniors,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had a lot of fun competing against Tampa and we stepped up and swam well. I like where we are as we shift our focus towards championship season.”

The Seminoles saw two Morcom Aquatics Center pool records on Friday. Yordan Yanchev lowered his mark in the 500 free, touching with a time of 4:16.84. Yanchev originally set the record one year ago at 4:18.87.

Yanchev also placed first in the men’s 200 free with a time of 1:36.79 ahead of his teammate Utku Kurtdere (1:39.33) in second.

Tommaso Baravelli set the standard in the 200 IM, touching at 1:46.95, which erased Mason Herbet’s 1:47.35 that was also set against the Spartans last season.

The women started the meet off by finishing in first and second place in the 200 medley relay, led by Sarah Evans, Julia Mansson, Jenny Halden and Gloria Muzito at 1:39.51.

Julia Brzozowski (10:14.61) and Ella Dyjak (10:22.69) placed first and second in the 1000 free, respectively, and Tania Quaglieri dominated the 200 free, winning with a time of 1:49.45.

Muzito and Malika Schneider touched first and second in the 50 free with times of 23.06 and 23.77, respectively.

The Seminoles then swept the 100 IM, led by Aryanna Fernandes (57.71) in first, Edith Jernstedt (57.77) in second, Anna Metzler (58.19) in third and Sophie Freeman in fourth (58.21).

Freeman added a win later in the meet, taking the 500 free with a time of 4:59.77 ahead of Dyjak (5:03.10) in second and Brzozowski (5:03.10) in third.

Phoebe Griffiths was the winner in the 100 free (52.27), and Maddie McDonald touched first in the 100 back (54.47).

FSU added a one-two finish in the 100 breast, led by Mansson (1:01.53) in first and Zsofia Kurdi (1:02.40) in second.

Maddy Huggins (2:01.75) and Jernstedt (2:03.90) finished in first and second place as Huggins turned in her personal best.

Muzito, Fernandes, McDonald and Kurdi ended the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay, touching at 1:32.06.

In the men’s meet, Herbet, Baravelli, Adrian Aguilar and Peter Varjasi took first in the men’s 200 medley relay to start the meet with a time of 1:27.60.

Blake Moran added two individual wins, taking the 50 free (20.40) ahead of Arijus Pavlidi (20.56) in second. He also won the 100 free, touching at 44.54.

Varjasi (49.19) and Domen Demsar (50.26)  finished first and second in the 100 IM, and Aguilar (48.55) and Brennan Hammond (49.21) followed in first and second place in the 100 fly.

The Noles added the sweep of the 100 back, led by Herbet (47.42), followed by Max Wilson (49.14) and Demsar (49.28).

Herbet, Pavlidi, Jokubas Keblys and Varjais won the 200 free relay to finish the meet, touching at 1:20.81.

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