Coral Gables, Florida – The RV Florida State women’s swim and dive team defeated Miami (4-2, 1-1 ACC) on the road Friday, going 5-1, 2-0 ACC this season.
The Seminoles were dominant, winning 12 out of 16 games in the Norman Witten Pool. The final score was 197-103.
“It was a great performance,” said FSU head coach Neal Studd. “We had some NCAA cuts, some best times and some solid stuff throughout. This was a big win and we set times that should easily be in the top 20 in the country. We’re excited to see some things refine and be great in the post season. I’m really proud of the ladies today.”
FSU started with a massive one-two finish in the 200 medley relay led by the squad of Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden and Rebecca Moynihan with a time of 1:37.55.
The second team, made up of Maddie McDonald, Maddy Huggins, Aryanna Fernandes and Zsofia Kurdi, survived the highest relay that Miami represented (1:39.97) and came in 1:39.42.
Miami answered with a first and second place in the 1000 free and added another win in the 200 free. FSU was led by a silver medal from Emily Trieschmann, who set a season best of 1:48.98.
The Seminoles would win the remaining swimming events, starting with a sweep of the 100 back, led by Quaglieri (53.85) in first, McDonald in second (53.96) and Pia Murray in third (53.97).
Kucheran led the way in the 100 chest, turning her career best at 59.46, which is also an NCAA B standard. The performance ranks third in the history of the FSU. Huggins won the close race for second place, with a score of 1:02.06.
FSU added another one-two in the 200 fly, led by Hannah Womer in first place behind a personal best of 1:57.74, followed by Fernandes in second at 1:58.10. Womer’s performance lifts her to sixth in the FSU’s all-time top 10.
Moynihan (22.77) and Halden (23.15) opened the lead for the Noles, clearing first and second in the 50.
Out of the break, Moynihan (49.74) and Kurdi went one-two (50.03) in the 100 free and the strong backstroke contingent added another sweep, led by Murray in the 200 back at 1:56.93. McDonald followed in second place (1:58.19) and Syndey Cole (1:59.33) was third.
Kucheran (2:10.90) and Huggins (2:14.71) went dominating one-two in the 200 chest before Trieschmann took first place in the 500 free (4:50.91).
FSU topped the 100 fly four times, led by Halden at 52.77. Fernandes was second (53.04), Edith Jernstedt (53.29) was third, just short of her personal best (53.17) and Womer was fourth (53.38), behind another best of her career.
Kucheran (1:59.33), Jernstedt (2:00.00) and Womer (2:00.90) placed the sweep of the 200 IM, before the final event. Jernstedt’s swimming was her best career.
Kurdi, Fernandes, Halden and Moynihan gave the Noles a two-second victory in the 400 free relay, narrowly 3:18.39.
The divers began competitions for both men and women on Thursday. The Noles finished second, third and fourth in the men’s 3-meter.
Jesco Helling led the way in second (345.90), followed by newcomer David Vargas in third (335.18) and Darwin Nolasco (313.28) in fourth. Vargas was second in the 1-meter (359.48), followed by Helling (356.78) in third and Nolasco (318.60) in fourth.
The ladies were led by Victoria Cervantes at 1 meter, who finished fourth with a score of 246.60. Vivian Johnson took the highest FSU score in the 3-meter at 297.38.
Both teams also participated in a platform exhibition. Cervantes was the winner with a total of 292.80 followed by Izzy Gregersen in second (284.55) and Johnson (231.30) in third.
In a talented field, Vargas was third with a total of 370.35, followed by Nolasco in fourth 363.08 and Helling in fifth (354.90).
All six divers achieved NCAA Zone B qualification scores on the platform.
“We came here to help the Noles win and go after some zone scores,” said FSU dive coach John Proctor. “We accomplished both things. We have some things to work on for ACCs, but it was great to get out there and compete again.”
The state of Florida hosts Tampa Friday at 2 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center. Before the competition, the team will recognize its senior class.
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