Seminoles Split Duals on Friday
The Florida State swimming and diving teams defeated Queens but lost to Duke on Friday.
DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams split duals on Friday at the Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion at Duke University. Both squads defeated Queens (women 202-94, men – 189-103), but dropped its contests with Duke (women – 184-110, men-164-129).
Sophomore Connor Kalisz produced the highlight of the night by establishing a new pool record in the 200 back, touching with a 1:46.71, finishing a near five-seconds ahead of the next competitor. He was second in the 100 back with a 50.35 earlier in the meet.
“This was one of those swims that really stood out tonight,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “That was a great swim and he was right around that time he swam at the All-Florida Invite.”
The Blue Devils started the meet by winning 11 events before senior Cole Hensley won the 200 fly by a near three-second margin with a time of 1:48.62. Hensley would place second in the 100 fly with a time of 49.08.
“We need to get something going,” Bradley said. “Cole got in the water and stepped up and showed us what a leader should do.”
Sophomore Alexi Smith secured the first victory of the night for the women edging Maddie Rusch of Duke (23.17) with a time of 23.15, however Rusch (50.57) topped Smith (50.87) in the 100 after the diving break.
Junior Jason Coombs held on for the win in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.18 and Kalisz finished third with a 1:51.68.
The Seminoles were awarded first place points in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:25.83 behind the team of Smith, senior Sami Pochowski, senior Josie Cuda and freshman Gracie Redding.
Juniors Jason McCormick and Jemal LeGrand along with rookies Kanoa Kaleoaloha and Emir Muratovic grabbed first place in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:01.00.
In diving, junior Dylan Grisell won 3-meter with a season best score of 377.10 after placing second on 1-meter with a tally of 308.33.
Freshman Cassidy Gebhardt first took third on 1-meter, three points out of first with a score of 266.10 before finishing second on 3-meter with a season-best tally of 304.00.
“We’ve got to put this one behind us,” Bradley said. “We’ve got an early morning and another tough test ahead of us tomorrow.”
The Seminoles will face NC State on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Raleigh.
Florida Swim Network