The No. 20 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team closed out the 2018 ACC Championships by winning the silver medal in the 400 free relay behind a school record time of 2:50.63 at the Greensboro Aquatics Center on Saturday.
The team of junior Emir Muratovic, sophomore Felipe Riberio de Souza, and juniors Will Pisani and Kanoa Kaleoaloha turned in a time of 2:50.63, dropping just over six-tenths of the second off their seed time, which was the previous record (2:51.27).
Early in the race, the Seminoles were in a battle second and fifth place but Pisani pulled FSU into medal contention after a split of 42.10 and Kaleoaloha closed it out with time of 42.34.
“We had great last day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We are very proud of how the men fought. An awesome second place relay and school record was a perfect was to finish the meet.”
The Seminoles were poised to score big points in the 100 free after qualifying five swimmers back to finals including two in the championship heat.
Pisani swam in his second ‘A’ final of his career and the meet, qualifying in the 100 free in fourth place at 42.73. At night he swam slightly faster at 42.72 taking fifth, touching with the second-fastest time in school history behind Paul Murray (2014, 42.59).
Muratovic joined Pisani in the top heat after qualifying in the final spot in eighth place, posting a personal best of 43.06. In finals, Muratovic was slightly off his morning swim, touching at 43.29 holding his place in eighth.
Senior Connor Kalisz qualified for the last spot of the ‘B’ final of the 200 back and from lane eight, Kalisz placed second in the heat and 10th overall with a time of 1:42.49. Sophomore Griffin Alianiz competed in the bonus final, also finishing second in the heat for 18th at 1:43.58.
In addition to Pisani and Muratovic, Kaleoaloha Ribeiro de Souza, and senior Joe Plechy swam in the C final of the 100 free.
Ribeiro de Souza led the way for the Seminoles, touching in 19th with a career best of 43.50, ranking eighth in FSU history. He finished ahead of Plechy (43.60) in 20th and Kaleoaloha in 22nd (43.67).
In the 200 breast, Florida State had competitors in the ‘B’ and ‘C’ finals. Freshman Ryan Telford placed third in the heat after making a late surge with a time of 1:56.86, which was a new personal best swim and fourth fastest mark in FSU history.
Senior Matt Ankerholz closed out his career by taking 22nd place with a final mark of 1:59.04 after contributing his best swim in prelims at 1:58.89, which was good enough for the eighth-place position on FSU’s all-time top 10 list.
Sophomore Max Polianksi competed in the ‘B’ final after just missing the ‘A’ final in prelims with a time of 1:44.26 At night working from lane four, Polianski swam a strong race, placing fourth with a faster time at 1:44.11.
Senior Calvin Bryant saved his best swim for last, swimming the fastest time of his collegiate career, touching in 17th place behind a season best swim of 15:12.49. His time qualifies as the eighth fastest in school history.
All told, FSU cashed in on all 11 scoring swims on Saturday and for the second straight season, Florida State finished fifth with a total of 828.50 behind No. 5 NC State (1,457), No. 15 Louisville (1,170), No. 23 Virginia (983.5) and No. 19 Notre Dame (941).
“This was a great week for us but we also have NCAAs to look forward to,” Studd said. “We’re going to have four relays and several individuals representing FSU at the meet and we’re looking to have success at that level.”
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