ATHENS, Ga. – Florida State’s #19/24 Swim and Dive Teams finished Saturday’s Georgia Invite at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
“We had a great day to wrap up the meetup,” said FSU head coach Neal Studd. “We had many who swam personal or season bests, but overall the team was just great. We had great relays and an incredible attitude.”
Maddie McDonald started the free evening by leading the way for the Noles in the 200 back, finishing 10th in 1:56.67. Jaden Herbet followed in 14th (1:58.60) after setting her personal best in the heats in 1:58.27. Anna Metzler (1:58.70) and Natalie Peterson (1:59.93) also competed in the consolation race and finished 15th and 16th, respectively.
FSU had two in the top heat of the 100 Free, led by Gloria Muzito in sixth place with 49.56 and Zsofia Kurdi in seventh place with 49.63. Muzito showed her personal best.
Maddy Huggins also contributed her best in the 200m breaststroke, finishing fourth in 2:10.35. Edith Jernstedt took bronze in the 200 m fly (1:56.58) and Sophie Freeman won the consolation run with one touch in 1:59.15, which was her best.
The jumpers competed on the platform, with Noles securing NCAA Zone B qualifying results, led by Izzy Gregersen in sixth place with 251.25. Jessica Buntman was eighth (231.15) and Vivian Johnson was eleventh (212.80).
Florida State finished fourth in the 400m free relay behind Kurdi, Muzito, Jernstedt and Aryanna Fernandes in 3:17.45.
Earlier in the day Julia Brzozowski led the FSU in the 1650 Free to finish 15th with a time of 16:45.72 ahead of Phoebe Griffiths (16:59.12) in 20th and Ella Dyjak (17:10.42). ) in 21st place.
Arijus Pavlidi (1:42.42) raced back in the top heat of the 200s to finish in eighth place. However, Mason Herbet was the winner in the bonus run and contributed his best time of 1:43.58. Tyler Hanley (1:46.57), Max Wilson (1:47.01) and Conner Lowery (1:48.59) also competed in the C Finals with Hanley doing his best. Wilson also saw a personal best in the heats at 1:46.64.
Peter Varjasi swam his career best 100m free with a 42.35 in fourth place, but Varjasi led the 400m free with a faster time of 42.32. The swim is the third fastest in school history.
Rookie Tommaso Baravelli turned FSU’s best time in the 200 breaststroke (1:56.71) for seventh place, and Brennan Hammond finished eighth in the 200 fly with 1:46.18, which was his best time.
Darwin Nolasco was the only Seminole to compete in the men’s platform event, finishing seventh with a 331.95.
“We had a solid day,” said FSU head coach John Proctor. “We scored some zone points and I’m very happy with that.”
FSU finished the meet with a fourth place finish in the 400m free relay with Varjasi, Adrian Aguilar and Pavlidi in 2:51.60.
David Quirie (15:24.44), Cam Taddonio (15:26.38) and Jordan Yanchev (15:27.54) finished 18th, 19th and 20th respectively in the 1650 free.
Both teams finished the team race in fourth place. The women No. 24 scored 615 points, the men No. 19 456.5.
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