The No. 20 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team had a big night from its sprinters as the 200 free relay took home silver after placing five swimmers in the 50 free finals at the 2018 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Thursday.
“We had another great day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had a lot of best times and we had seven guys under 20 seconds in the 50 free, which is just awesome.”
The team of junior Will Pisani, seniors Chad Mylin and Joe Plechy along with junior Kanoa Kaleoaloha set a new school record, posting a time of 1:16.30. The squad takes down the mark of 1:16.76 that was set in 2012 by Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Saunders and Mark Weber.
The time ranks the Seminoles fourth in the nation this year.
Pisani led off with a split of 19.56, but once again Mylin dropped one the faster splits in the field at 18.67, pulling the Seminoles closer to leaders, NC State. Plechy and Kaleoaloha brought kept their distance from the rest of the heat, bringing home silver.
The five 50 free swims at finals contributed 82.5 points to the team total. Florida State sits in third place (401.5) behind No. 5 NC State (523) and No. 15 Louisville (417). No. 19 Notre Dame trails slightly in fourth (377.50) and No. 21 Virginia Tech (346.5) is in fifth. The team scores also include men’s 1-meter diving that took place last week.
In prelims of the 50 free, Pisani led placing fourth with a personal best of 19.28 and Mylin followed in seventh at 19.43, advancing to his third career ‘A’ final in the race.
Pisani led the way in finals in his first career championship heat, tying for fifth with a time of 19.34 ahead of Mylin who matched his time of 19.43 placing eighth.
Following his NCAA bid-worthy time trial in the 200 fly on Wednesday, Polianksi swam two seconds under his personal best in prelims of the 200 IM, turning in the third fastest swim in school history at 1:45.12 to advance to his first career championship heat in eighth.
Working from lane eight, Polianski used his strong front half of the race to challenge the leaders, but would finish seventh with a time of 1:45.59.
“Will and Max had amazing stuff tonight,” Studd said. “Will got under the NCAA invited time in the 50 and he’s been a big factor on two school record-setting relays.”
Senior Calvin Bryant qualified for the bonus heat of the 500 free in the final spot, touching with a time of 4:22.47, which was just off his personal best of 4:22.09. In finals, Bryant finished 24th at 4:27.95.
Senior Connor Kalisz competed in the ‘C’ final of the 200 IM after 1:46.47 for 20th place. At night, he moved up to take 18th, touching at 1:45.79, which was a new personal best, ranking fifth in FSU history.
In the 50 free, Plechy and Kaleoaloha competed in the consolation heat after swimming career best times in prelims of 19.74 and 19.77 respectively. In finals, both went faster as Plechy placed 12th with a time of 19.65 and Kaleoaloha followed in 13th at 19.72. Plechy’s mark ranks him eighth in school history, while Kaleoaloha is 10th.
Junior Emir Muratovic was also under his best in the morning, touching at 19.80 for 18th, advancing to the bonus final. He lowered that mark at night, keeping his place in 18th clocking 19.76.
After finals, sophomores John Mataxas and Griffin Alaniz entered a time trial of the 50 free. Mataxas won the heat with a personal best at 19.76 while Alaniz touched at 19.85.
“We’re excited for tomorrow,” Studd said. “A day like this can absolutely motivate us for tomorrow.”
Friday’s events will feature the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. and finals will follow at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on WatchESPN.
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