Florida State Seminoles Down Georgia Tech and SCAD
By Chirsta Salerno
The Florida State swimming and diving teams earned its second ACC win on the season after defeating Georgia Tech on Saturday.
ATLANTA – The Florida State swimming and diving teams concluded the 2016-17 regular season with a pair of victories including its second ACC win this season. The No. 19 men 4-2 (2-0 ACC) defeated Georgia Tech 180-120 while the No. 25 women 6-2 (2-0 ACC) won 190-110.
The Seminoles also defeated the Savannah College of Art and Design by scores of 247-46 (women) and 228-82 (men).
“It was a good meet today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some great swims and some incredible diving. It was great to get another conference win against a very good Georgia Tech team.”
The women started the day off with a victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.74 behind the team of junior Ariel Barber, junior Natalie Pierce, sophomore Leila Johnston and junior Alexi Smith.
Georgia Tech answered with wins in the 1000 free and 200 free before Barber won the 100 back with a time of 56.21.
Pierce, junior Christina Loh (1:03.01) and sophomore Natalie Purnell (1:04.55) followed with a sweep in the 100 breast, as Pierce led with time of 1:02.88.
The Yellow Jackets responded with wins in the 200 fly and 50 free. After the break, senior Lydia Ware added a win in the 100 free with a time of 50.42.
Sophomore Meg Brown and Barber fueled the momentum with a one-two finish in the 200 back with times of 2:03.36 and 2:04.13 respectively.
Loh, Pierce and Purnell teamed up for their second sweep of the day, as Loh led the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.40. Pierce followed at 2:19.78 and Purnell was third at 2:20.17.
After Georgia Tech won the 500 free, junior Tayla Lovemore was victorious in the 100 fly with a time of 55.16.
Ware posted another win after the break, touching with a time of 2:04.43 in the 200 IM.
On the boards, junior Blaire Mulka won 3-meter with a score of 335.10 and sophomore Cassidy Gebhart was second at 294.83. Mulka followed with another victory, scoring a tally of 297.15 on 1-meter. Freshman Molly Carlson was second at 267.00 and her classmate Ayla Bonniwell was third (265.58).
Florida State finished the day by holding off the Yellow Jackets in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:25.20 behind Smith, freshman Nika Blank, Lovemore and junior Brenna Ruth.
The men started the meet by outlasting the Yellow Jackets in the 200 medley relay, touching with a time of 1:28.37 with the team of senior Stefan Stojmenovic, senior Jason Coombs, sophomore Kanoa Kaleoaloha and junior Chad Mylin.
Georgia Tech followed with victories in the 1000 free and a one-two punch in the 200 free before junior Connor Kalisz (48.88) and Stojmenovic (49.17) provided a first and second place showing in the 100 back.
Tech added back-to-back wins, taking the 100 breast and 200 fly but Mylin answered with a win in the 50 free with a time of 19.83.
Kalisz controlled the 200 back, grabbing his second win on the day with a time of 1:46.80 and freshman Griffin Alaniz came in second at 1:47.88.
Georgia Tech followed with a wins in the 200 breast and 100 fly, while SCAD earned a victory in the 500 free.
After the second break, Coombs got FSU back on track by touching in first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.31.
Junior Tyler Roberge won 3-meter by a score of 393.08 and senior Dylan Grisell followed in second at 371.55. Grisell added a win on 1-meter, scoring 338.78.
The Seminoles closed the meet out with a victory in the 400 free relay behind the team of freshman Felipe Riberio de Souza, Mylin, senior Jemal LeGrand and junior Joe Plechy with a time of 3:00.93 after FSU’s ‘A’ squad was called for an early relay exchange.