The No. 20 Florida State men’s swimming team opened competition at the 2018 ACC Championships in school record-setting fashion at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
“We had a great first night,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had three great races and came away with three NCAA times and a school record. We’re very excited for the rest of the week.”
The team of sophomores Rudo Loock, Felipe Ribeiro de Souza, Vladimir Stefanik and junior Will Pisani turned in a new Florida State record in the 800 free relay with an NCAA provisional time of 6:22.78 for eighth place.
The Noles swam almost three seconds faster than the previous record, which was established in 2009 by Kyle Young, Andy Hodgson, Stephen Pendleton and Robby Hayes at 6:25.11. FSU also challenged that mark last season at ACCs, turning in a time of 6:25.83 and also placed eighth.
Florida State opened the meet by taking one second off its seed time in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:24.95 behind sophomore Nate Samson, senior Matt Ankerholz, junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha and senior Chad Mylin. The squad also achieved an NCAA provisional time.
Mylin closed out the race hard for the Noles, turning in the fastest anchor split in the field by almost two tenths of a second at 18.39.
“That was an amazing split,” Studd said. “We’re very excited for his day tomorrow.”
After two relays and 3-meter diving factored into the team scores, Florida State is in second place with a total of 157 points, trailing No. 5 NC State by one.
Following both relays, sophomore Max Polianski swam a time trial of the 200 fly, posting his personal best of 1:42.44, which ranks as the second fastest time in school history behind Connor Knight (1:41.66).
His performance was an NCAA ‘B’ standard, however he swam under the 2017 invited mark and has a very good chance of earning a bid to his first career NCAA Championships in March.
Thursday’s events will feature the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. and finals will follow at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on WatchESPN.
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