Florida State Men Beat Auburn for First Time Ever, Tiger Women Take Down FSU

FLORIDA STATE V. AUBURN

  • Wednesday, January 20
  • Auburn, AL
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results

In their first home dual meet of the season, the Auburn Tigers split with Florida State, winning over the women’s team and falling to the Seminole men. On the men’s side, it was Florida State’s first time beating Auburn in program history.

The meet comes just 4 days after the University of Alabama canceled a meet with Auburn, citing an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Auburn program. Both teams were missing a few key contributors, but the Auburn men were missing an especially-large chunk of big names.

WOMEN’S MEET

  • Scores
    • Auburn 186, Florida State 114
  • Notable absences
    • Auburn: Abbey Webb (has not raced all season)
    • FSU: Maddy Cohen, Ana Zortea, Nina Kucheran (has not raced all season), Aryanna Fernandes (has not raced all season)

The Auburn women handled the visiting FSU women, claiming the lion’s share of events today.

The Tigers were out to a hot start, winning the 200 medley relay (1:40.35) and the first two individual events. Averee Preble won the 1000 free (10:01.71), followed by Emily Hetzer in the 200 free (1:49.59) as Auburn went 1-2 in both. Hetzer and Preble would later lead a 1-2-3-4 Auburn domination in the 500 free, with Hetzer at 4:50.80 and Preble at 4:52.17. Meanwhile, Preble added another victory in the 200 fly (2:01.73) before the first diving break.

Carly Cummings swept the breaststrokes for Auburn, going 1:02.24 in the 100 and 2:14.32 in the 200.

FSU’s Samantha Vear nabbed a win in both diving events, though Auburn was hot out of the first break, taking four straight wins. First was freshman Emma Steckiel in the 100 free (50.54), then freshman Kensley Merritt in the 200 back (1:59.94), then Cummings in the 200 breast and Hetzer in the 500 free.

The Seminoles snagged two victories in the first session, including a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back with Emma Terebo (53.87), Maddie McDonald (54.36) and Tania Quaglieri (54.46). Rebecca Moynihan, who had a 22.1 anchor in the medley relay, also won the 50 free at 23.27 over Steckiel’s 23.38.

The most impressive swim for FSU was freshman Jenny Halden in the 100 fly. Clocking a 52.66, she cleared the rest of the field by over two seconds, nearly cracking 24 seconds on the first 50. It’s her first season in yards (she’s Norwegian), but it’s the first sub-53 performance she’s done in a dual meet, and it slices a hundredth off of her old PR of 52.67 from the Georgia Invite in the fall.

After Halden’s big 100 fly, Auburn freshman Hannah Ownbey busted out a 4:18.10 in the 400 IM, then FSU picked up a final win in the 400 free relay. Kertu Alnek (49.78) and Moynihan (49.52) both broke 50 seconds on their splits, helping FSU to a 3:22.47 over Auburn’s 3:23.71.

MEN’S MEET

  • Scores
    • Florida State 180, Auburn 120
  • Notable absences
    • Auburn: Christian Ginieczki, Skip Donald (diver), Conner Pruitt (diver), Nik Eberly, Spencer Rowe, Lleyton Smith, Matthew Yish
    • FSU: Ian Cooper, Aziz Ghaffari, Peter Varjasi

It was a historic day for the FSU men’s program, as they snapped an 18-meet losing streak spanning to the two teams’ first dual meet in 1975.

FSU took 13 out of 16 events, kicking off their slate with a 200 medley relay win in 1:28.08, getting a big front half from backstroker Mason Herbet (22.17) and breaststroker Izaak Bastian (24.52).

Bastian was one of three multiple event winners for the Seminoles; he swept the breaststrokes, going 54.56 in the 100 and 2:00.13 in the 200 breast. Bastian was challenged by Auburn freshman standout Reid Mikuta, who finished second in both by narrow margins going 54.62 in the 100 and 2:00.29 in the 200. Max McCusker took the 100 free (44.40) and 100 fly (48.11), and Nick Vance picked up an impressive triple in the 200 back (1:47.76), 200 fly (1:47.92) and 400 IM (3:53.60).

Herbet chipped in with a 100 back win (48.08) and a 200 back runner-up touch (1:48.64), while junior Santi Corredor, a transfer from the University of Florida (who first transferred to USC and now appears to have landed at FSU), snagged the 500 free win (4:27.86) in his debut meet with the Seminoles.

Auburn freshman Mikkel Gadgaard, a Danish national, was one of the bright spots for the Tigers. Gadgaard took the 200 free in a big win (1:36.63), coming about a second off a lifetime best from the Auburn Invite (where he was suited and presumably a bit rested). He was also second in the 100 free (44.80) and 400 IM (3:53.65) in a tough triple, falling to Vance in the IM by just five hundredths.

Joshua Davidson nabbed victories on both boards for the Seminoles, while the other wins for Auburn were Michael Bonson in the 1000 free (9:15.65) and their 400 free relay (3:02.12). FSU DQ’d their 400 free relay, but had enough points by the end of the meet that it didn’t affect the ultimate outcome.

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Guerra
7 months ago

It’s time for my good friend, David Marsh, to put the band back together and move back to “The Plains”. David, you need Auburn and, more importantly, Auburn desperately needs you!

FLSwimmer
Reply to  Guerra
7 months ago

You could not possibly be supporting another college…

Guerra
Reply to  FLSwimmer
7 months ago

No. IU all the way. But I like the coaches that took care of and did a good job with the kids I coached as age groupers or high school and David is one of those coaches. He was simply amazing at Auburn. I hope people never forget that.

FLSwimmer
Reply to  Guerra
7 months ago

Fair enough. And he did. That was quite the era

Aquajosh
Reply to  Guerra
7 months ago

It will not happen. He wasn’t given much choice in leaving the first time.

JCO
7 months ago

Looks like Auburn was okay swimming and losing against FSU with all their absences but not Alabama.

Becky D
Reply to  JCO
7 months ago

say what?

FLSwimmer
Reply to  Becky D
7 months ago

Auburn pulled out of a dual meet with Bama last week due to cases

Becky D
Reply to  FLSwimmer
7 months ago

Even after repeated readings and reminding myself what the author meant, I can still barely understand that sentence as written. It’s been a long week, I guess.

FLSwimmer
Reply to  Becky D
7 months ago

It’s Wednesday, Becky. Almost there though! 🙂

FLSwimmer
Reply to  JCO
7 months ago

I’d give the FSU men some credit here… While Auburn was clearly missing more guys than FSU, the names FSU were missing were pretty big ones. Plus the score wasn’t particularly close as it was.

I think this would have been a really close meet on the men’s side had both teams had all their swimmers. Maybe SwimSwam can do a COVID handicap for meets (jkjk)

JCO
Reply to  FLSwimmer
7 months ago

Yeah the FSU men’s team has improved a lot over the last few years. The program is for sure heading in the right direction

Swim Observer
Reply to  FLSwimmer
7 months ago

I’d say FSU still wins the meet even with all of Auburn’s swimmers there. Especially if you factor in the DQ’d relay. Now, add FSU’s missing swimmers and it’s not close.

Admin
Reply to  Swim Observer
7 months ago

You may or may not be right about “if both teams had full rosters,” because Varjasi is a pretty big piece to be missing, but…I don’t think you get to take credit for the DQ’ed relay as well. That’s part of the competition, legal relay exchanges are a skill of swimming, not a circumstance of a pandemic.

Swimfan
Reply to  JCO
7 months ago

Auburn was missing multiple women and more men last week. Check your facts.

Swimmer
7 months ago

Lol Gary probably fuming over that loss. Hopefully no transfers after this.

NCAACoach
Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

There hasn’t been a single person transfer in the last 2 seasons. There have only been people who have quit, yet have not joined another program. it makes you think… did they leave the team because of coaching issues or because they didn’t want to put the work in that being a collegiate swimmer requires?

Lil Swimmy
Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

I won’t be surprised if he’s cursing them out rn

War Damn
7 months ago

Rough week for Auburn. Fingers crossed Gary kept his cool for their athletic dept today!

Last edited 7 months ago by War Damn
Whoa
7 months ago

Who is Corredor going to be swimming for next week?

SwimFani
7 months ago

I keep saying that David Marsh is the favorite son of AU. He could turn the program around as quick as a squashed stink bug gets stinky! Coach Marsh is brilliant, crafty, innovative, loyal, insightful and compassionate. He is a proven winner who could not only lead AU back to glory BUT also shake up the faltering SEC. I say bring him back no matter the cost. AU alumni should band together, fund coaching endowment which will compensate him at $500K annually PLUS swim camps and swim wear contracts. Give him a housing allowance and turn that sucker lose on the swimming world. Why not???

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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