Florida State Breaks Six Morcom Pool Records In Senior Day Sweep Over Tampa

Florida State vs Tampa

  • Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Results
  • Scores
    • Women: FSU 219, Tampa 43
    • Men: FSU 221, Tampa 40

The Florida State Seminoles celebrated their senior class with a pair of decisive victories over the University of Tampa at the Morcom Aquatics Center on Friday, breaking six pool records in the process.

FSU won every event on the schedule, with the women topping the Spartans 219-43 and the Seminole men downing Tampa 221-40.

Women’s Recap

The lone pool record on the women’s side came in the meet-opening 200 medley relay, where the quartet of Tania Quaglieri (24.83), Nina Kucheran (27.26), Jenny Halden (22.99) and Rebecca Moynihan (21.92) combined for a time of 1:37.00, breaking the previous mark of 1:38.97 set in 2018.

The time also earned the relay an NCAA consideration time, and was faster than their previous season-best of 1:37.43 set at the Georgia Tech Invitational in November.

11 different Seminoles picked up an individual win, including freshman Edith Jernstedt and sophomore Pia Murray earning two apiece.

Jernstedt, a Swedish native, won the women’s 200 fly (1:58.64) and 200 IM (2:02.92), with the former falling just over four-tenths shy of her lifetime best set at the Georgia Tech Invite (1:58.26).

Murray, who hails from Great Britain, set a personal best en route to winning the 100 fly, clocking 54.43 to lower her 54.55 from the GT Invite. She also tied with senior teammate Maddie McDonald for the victory in the 100 back, as they posted matching 54.64s.

Kucheran, a Canadian senior who currently ranks 15th in the nation in the 200 breast, won that event in 2:13.82 while taking second to sophomore Phoebe Griffiths (1:48.55) in the 200 free in a new best time of 1:49.24.

The top finisher for Tampa was junior Elizaveta Bazarova, who took second to FSU sophomore Zsofia Kurdi (50.37) in the 100 free in a time of 50.86.

Men’s Recap

Five of the pool records came on the men’s side, with FSU sophomore Mason Herbet factoring in on three of them.

Individually, Herbet won the men’s 100 back in 46.07, torching his own pool record of 47.37 set in October against Auburn. It also marked a new season-best, lowering his 46.17 from the GT Invite, and was only .14 shy of his lifetime best set at the 2021 ACCs (45.93).

Then, in the 200 IM, Herbet broke his pool record of 1:48.75 (also set in October) in a time of 1:47.35. In November, he set a new PB of 1:44.87 at the GT Invite.

In the 200 medley relay, Herbet (21.59), Izaak Bastian (24.24), Max McCusker (20.22) and Peter Varjasi (19.35) combined for a time of 1:25.40, breaking their previous pool record of 1:25.88 set earlier this season.

McCusker, a senior, set a new Morcom pool record in the 100 fly, clocking 46.87 to down Connor Knight‘s 2014 mark of 47.23.

McCusker was the only male swimmer other than Herbet to win multiple individual events, dominating the 50 free field in a time of 19.79. He also anchored FSU’s ‘B’ 200 free relay in a blazing 19.23 at the end of the meet.

Seminole sophomore Yordan Yanchev broke a 12-year-old pool record previously held by three-time Olympic medalist Conor Dwyer, as Yanchev registered a time of 4:18.87 in the 500 free to erase Dwyer’s 2010 record of 4:22.78.

Yanchev’s swim was a new season-best, improving on his 4:19.15 from the GT Invite, and he also hit a new SB in the 200 free (1:36.14), taking second to junior teammate Aziz Ghaffari (1:35.60). Ghaffari set a PB of 1:34.79 in November.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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