Current and future members of the Florida State swimming and diving teams collected six medals at the 2018 Canadian National Championships at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Montreal, QC from April 5-8.
“Our guys swam really well,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said, “We had a couple personal bests and we came home with some medals. It was great to see two of our incoming freshmen swim fast as well.”
Signee Nina Kucheran qualified for both the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships (Aug. 23-26) in Suva, Fiji and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Oct. 6-18) with her performances in the breaststroke events.
“I was striving to qualify for the Junior Pan Pac team,” Kucheran said. “But since they only choose four female swimmers for the Youth Olympics I wasn’t focused on that as much, but making both teams is a dream come true and I could not be more excited to represent Canada.”
Representing Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club, the Sudbury, Ont., native opened nationals by taking silver in the 200m breast with a time of 2:28.19 before earning bronze in the 100m breast, clocking 1:09.27.
“It was absolutely incredible,” Kucheran said. “My coach and I have been trying to make the Junior National Team for years and having the hard work pay off was so amazing for both of us. My swims this past weekend were very rewarding and it was cool to have Neal (Studd) there to watch.”
Kucheran also competed in the 200m IM, finishing sixth at 2:18.77 in addition to posting a mark of 4:59.69 in the prelims of the 400m IM for eighth. She also turned in the 10th highest tota in the best performance by points category.
“Nina is going to be a huge addition for us in the fall,” Studd said, “She actually beat the SEC Swimmer of the Year (Sydney Pickrem) in prelims of the 200 breast. We’re very excited for her accomplishments this year and we can’t wait to have her in the fall.”
Junior Will Pisani picked up three medals, winning gold in the 50m free with a time of 22.57 in addition to turning in a pair of bronze medal performances in the 50m fly (24.27) and 100m fly (53.95). Like Kucheran, Pisani was also among the high point totals, finishing seventh.
Signee Madeleine McDonald also added bronze in the 50m back, touching at 29.04. The Winsor, Ont., native also competed the 100m (1:03.16) and 200m (2:18.02) back finals, finishing seventh and ninth respectively.
Freshman Ryan Telford returned home and competed in four finals. Telford produced his best finish in the 200 breast, placing eighth at 2:19.32. He was also ninth in the 200m IM (2:07.09) and 12th in the 50m breast (29.75).
Freshman Elise Olsen is expected to compete at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Ariz., this week, with hopes of qualifying for the European Championships.
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