The No. 21 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team ended the 2018-17 season in school-record setting fashion as the 2018 NCAA Championships came to a close on Saturday night at the University of Minnesota.
The team of junior Emir Muratovic, senior Joe Plechy along with juniors Will Pisani and Kanoa Kaleoaloha won the consolation heat of the 400 free relay, turning in the first sub-2:50 performance in school history at 2:49.70.
The Seminoles found themselves as low as seventh place in the first half of the race before Pisani posted a blazing split of 41.94 in the third leg, handing the anchor, Kaleoaloha second place.
Kaleoaloha went to the lead and brought it home for the Seminoles holding of a late surge from Stanford, splitting 42.28 for a total time of 2:49.70, lowering the school record that was set at the ACC Championships (2:50.63).
“It was just an amazing way to finish the meet,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “A new school record and winning the consolation heat was just epic.”
With the ninth place finish and an All-American honorable mention, Florida State ends a four-year drought of not scoring in the race.
The Seminoles qualified for the consolation heat in 14th place after finishing fifth in the second heat with a time of 2:50.83, behind Muratovic, sophomore Felipe Riberio de Souza, Pisani and Kaleoaloha.
In prelims, Pisani set the school record in the 100 free, placing 19th with a time of 42.41, taking down Paul Murray’s 42.59 that was set back in 2014.
In addition to Pisani, senior Chad Mylin closed out his career placing 42nd in the 100 free with a time of 44.38.
Sophomore Max Polianksi also competed in the 200 fly, touching 24th with a time of 1:43.17.
Florida State finished the meet in 21st place with a total of 42 points producing its best finish at the meet since 2014 when the Seminoles were 14th. FSU was also the third highest scoring ACC school at the meet behind NC State (385) and Louisville (156).
“I am very proud of these guys,” Studd said. “We made the jump from 31st last year to 21st this year and we’re very excited about that.”
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