The No. 21 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team saw a couple of career best performances on Friday of the 2018 NCAA Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Seminoles were well represented in the 100 fly prelims, led by junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha who finished 25th with a time of 46.10. His classmate, Will Pisani turned in a personal best swim at 46.24 place while sophomore Max Polianski make his NCAA debut by turning in his career best as well at 46.97 for 37th.
“We had a couple of nice time drops today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It’s always great to see guys put up their best times at this meet.”
Pisani and Polianksi move up the FSU all-time top 10 list as Pisani now ranks fifth and Polianksi is seventh.
Florida State ended prelims by competing in the 200 medley relay with the team of sophomore Nate Samson, Kaleoaloha, Pisani and senior Chad Mylin, turning in a time of 1:25.70 for 25th place.
Sophomore Joshua Davidson competed in prelims of 3-meter diving, finishing 33rd with a score of 320.85. The Tomball, Texas native finished his first NCAA meet strong, scoring above 60 points on his final two dives. His best was his fifth dive, a forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike for a total of 72 points behind scores of 8.0.
“Josh had a very successful freshman year,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “We are very proud of him. He’s disappointed and it isn’t how he wanted to finish his year. The great thing about Josh is he is dedicated to working hard. He’s ready to get back at it and get ready for next year.”
Prelims will start at 11 a.m. with finals following at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Mylin, Kaleoaloha and Pisani will compete in the 100 free prelims while Polianski will swim the 200 fly. The Seminoles will close out the meet with one of their stronger events, the 400 free relay where they are seeded 11th.
The top 16 qualifiers will advance to finals, scoring points for the team. Prelims will be streamed via the BTN2Go and finals will be broadcasted on ESPN3.
Florida State enters the final day of the meet in 23rd place with 24 points.
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