FSU Men Set Pool Record on Day 2 vs. Virginia Tech and Duke


  • Results
  • Hosted by Duke
  • Friday, October 13th – Saturday, October 14th
  • 25 Yards
  • Dual Meet Format


  • WOMEN: Virginia Tech 223.5, FSU 129.5
  • WOMEN: Virginia Tech 214, Duke 139
  • WOMEN: Duke 192.5, FSU 160.5
  • MEN: Virginia Tech 194.5, FSU 158.5
  • MEN: Virginia Tech 209, Duke 144
  • MEN: Florida State 208, Duke 145

The ACC battle between Virginia Tech, Duke, and Florida State concluded on Saturday afternoon in Durham. Virginia Tech walked away with 2 victories on both the men’s and women’s sides. Duke and FSU split, as the Seminoles picked up a win on the men’s side and the Duke women defeated FSU.

Virginia Tech standout Reka Gyorgy completed her sweep of the IMs. Gyorgy, an All-American in the event, was the only woman to break 4:20. She touched in 4:18.41, leading from start to finish. That was her 4th individual win of the weekend. On top of victories in the 200 IM and 200 back on Friday, she had also won the 200 free earlier in the session with a 1:50.45.

On the men’s side, Lane Stone and Michael Craddock were 2 of the major players for the winning VT Hokies. Stone (9:20.51) and Craddock (9:22.58) first brought in a 1-2 finish for their team in the 1000 free. Later in the session, Stone picked up another individual win in the 200 free, out-touching Florida State’s Rudo Loock (1:39.03) with his 1:38.78.

Craddock came back to pick up a win of his own in the 400 IM. He trailed teammate Samuel Tornqvist through the fly and back legs, but began to close the gap on the breaststroke leg. He was still nearly 2 seconds behind heading into the free leg, but hammered home in 54.09 to win it in 3:59.46 to Tornqvist’s 4:00.15.

Florida State closed the meet with their 2nd Pool Record of the weekend. After the women won Friday’s 400 medley relay in record-setting fashion, the men picked up a win with a new record in the 400 free relay. Kanoa Kaleoaloha (44.27 leadoff), Vladimir Stefanik (45.57), Felipe Ribeiro de Souza (44.14), and Emir Muratovic (44.27) combined to touch 1st in 2:58.25.


DURHAM, N.C. – The Virginia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2017-18 season strong as the H2Okies defeated Duke and Florida State on Saturday at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion in Durham, North Carolina.

Tech women defeated No. 23 Florida State, 223.5-129.5 and knocked off No. 20 Duke, 214.0-139.0. On the men’s side, the No. 19 H2Okies downed No. 20 FSU 194.5-158.5 and defeated Duke 209.0-144.0.

“We are very pleased with our results this weekend,” said head coach Ned Skinner. “The energy on deck was constant and high and our team really responded to the challenge again today with impressive performances in the pool and on the boards. Reka Gyorgy reminded us why she is an All-American and Danielle Griggs has really emerged as an elite swimmer on our team.”

The Tech women opened Saturday with a third place finish in the 200yd medley relay behind swims from Klaudia NaziebloKelly HenryMaggie Gruber and Adriana Grabski with a time of 1:42.45. The Hokies followed up with a two, three finish in the 1000yd freestyle as Grace Kowal (10:04.37) and Jenna Beattie (10:16.45) claimed the spots, respectively.

Grabski took third in the 50yd freestyle (23.59) and was followed by a one, two finish from Emily Meilus (55.15) and Nazieblo (55.17) in the 100yd backstroke. Henry claimed third in the 200yd breaststroke with a time of 2:18.79.

The Hokies then had their biggest event of the day, sweeping the top-three spots in the 200yd freestyle as Reka Gyorgy (1:50.45), Danielle Griggs (1:51.12) and Grabski (1:52.34) finished within seconds of each other.

Gruber and Nazieblo claimed two, three in the 100yd fly and Gyorgy took the top spot in the 400yd IM.

Tech rounded out the day with the victory in the 400yd freestyle relay, defeating FSU by .4 seconds with swims from Grabski, Gruber, Abigail Andruisin and Griggs.

Ashlynn Peters took third place in the 1m diving with a score of 269.45 while Ashley Buchter finished just back with a score of 266.95 in fourth.

Justin Edwards loomed strong for us today and Lane Stone was outstanding as was Michael Craddock,” said Skinner. “We plan to build on this momentum through our home opener next Friday.”

Tech opened the men’s competition with a second place finish in the 200yd medley relay with a time of 1:29.64 from Jake LamparellaNorbert SzaboHarrison Pierce and Ian Ho.

Lane Stone and Michael Craddock turned in a one, two finish in the 1,000yd freestyle with times of 9:20.51 and 9:22.58, respectively. Ho followed up with a second place finish in the 50yd free (20.31) while Lamparella took third in the 100yd backstroke (49.43).

The H2Okies finished one, three in the 200yd breaststroke with Justin Edwards taking the top spot (2:02.19) and Simon Shi in third (2:04.95). Stone picked up his second win of the day in the 200yd freestyle with a 1:38.78 time.

Craddock and Samuel Tornqvist led the Hokies to a one, two finish in the 400yd IM with times of 3:59.46 and 4:00.15. Tech rounded out the swimming events finishing third in the 400yd freestyle with Szabo, Thomas Hallock, Pierce and Ho turning in a time of 3:00.45.

In diving, Thomas Shinholser had a score of 369.00 on the 3meter to finish second.

The H2Okies will return to the pool next weekend, hosting Queens, VMI and Liberty women at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.


DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams set two pool records this weekend at the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion at Duke University while facing the Blue Devils and Virginia Tech.

“We had some good swims this weekend,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It was especially fun to take down two pool records at a venue where a lot of good teams compete.”

After the women’s 400 medley relay set a new record on Friday, Saturday’s session was capped off with a pool record by the men’s 400 free relay with the team of junior Kanoa Kalealoha, sophomores Vladimir Stefanik and Felipe Ribeiro de Souza along with junior Emir Muratovic at 2:58.25.

Once again, sophomore Ayla Bonniwell was victorious, this time winning 1-meter with a score of 284.40, over 13 points ahead of the second place finisher.

Senior Natalie Pierce also won her second individual on the weekend, holding on to win the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.80.

The Seminoles got a huge boost from the men’s 100 fly with a sweep led by Kaleoaloha at 47.53, lowering his career best he set last week. Stefanik came in second clocking 49.43 and junior Will Pisani finished third at 49.88.

Senior Chad Mylin picked up his second win in the 50 free this season, touching at 20.12.

The men’s team moves to 2-1 on the year after defeating Duke 208-145, while suffering the loss to No.19 Virginia Tech 194.50-158.50. The women (0-3) fell to both Virginia Tech (223.50-129.50), and No. 20 Duke (192.50-160.50).

“We have a few things to work on,” Studd said, “We need to be better after we travel, but the kids fought hard and had an awesome team spirit.”

The women also had top performances from senior Alexi Smith in the 50 free as she took second in the with a time of 23.29. Also, rookie Madeline Cohen finished third in the 100 back at 55.26.

Both women’s relays placed second, starting with the 200 medley at 1:41.66 before closing out the weekend with the 400 free relay at 3:24.84.

The men had three second place finishers, as senior Connor Kalisz was the runner up in the 100 back at 49.26 and freshman Ryan Telford followed in the 200 breast at 2:02.80.

Sophomore Rudo Loock and Felipe Ribeiro de Souza were second and third respectively in the 200 free, touching with times of 1:39.03 and 1:39.62.

On the boards, senior Tyler Roberge led the Noles, scoring a total of 350.20.

Florida State will be on the road to face Arizona State at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28.

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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up a season-opening double dual meet against ACC foes Florida State and Virginia Tech Saturday in Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. The Blue Devils continued to shine in the relay events following Friday night’s action, and featured several strong individual efforts.

“It was a really great weekend of racing,” said head coach Dan Colella. “To have three ACC schools come together and compete in the middle of October and have the kind of performances we had this weekend was an exciting way to get things started. Virginia Tech did a phenomenal job this weekend. They came in, and from start to finish, swam incredibly tough. But all three teams posted some great performances.”

After two days of swimming and diving events, the Duke women, ranked 20th in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Preseason Poll, split the weekend. The squad topped the 23rd-ranked Florida State women by a 192.5-160.5 margin but fell to the Hokies, 214-139. On the men’s side, the Blue Devils posted nearly identical scores in dual losses to the 20th-ranked Seminoles (208-145) and to 19th-ranked Virginia Tech (209-144).

The Blue Devils swimmers set the tone early on Saturday, racing to the wall first in both 200-yard medley relay events. The quartet of junior Maddie Hess, freshman Connie Dean, sophomore Alyssa Marsh and senior Leah Goldman led off the session with a win in the women’s race at 1:41.41. Junior Max St. George, junior Sean Tate, junior Yusuke Legard and sophomore Miles Williams followed suit in the men’s event, combining for a mark of 1:29.39. The men’s relay victory came on the heels of a first-place showing in the 400 medley relay, which rounded out Friday evening’s events in Taishoff.

“On the men’s side, we had several great performances,” Colella said. “Max St. George in the backstrokes and Yusuke Legard in the 100 freestyle. Two of the really big highlights were the medley relays. To win those events and have the kind of performances that we had was just really, really exciting. For the women, some real highlights there. I think Alyssa Marsh had some really fine performances this weekend. The freshman Connie Dean stood up and raced really well for her first American collegiate meet.”

After claiming the 500 freestyle Friday night, senior Verity Abel kept the momentum rolling Saturday, winning the 1,000 freestyle in 10:03.00. Marsh tapped the wall at 22.91 for first in the 50 freestyle before returning to the water later to take the 100 butterfly in 54.52.

On the men’s side, Duke received a boost from the three-meter springboard, where junior Evan Morettinotched a career-best score of 390.65 in a first-place showing. Junior Mackenzie Willborn was second in the women’s one-meter competition (271.25), while back in the pool, St. George added a first-place finish for the men in the 100 backstroke. His 47.95 clocking surpassed the NCAA provisional qualification standard in the event.

“Evan competed against a lot of really, really good guys who are in our ACC conference, so I was happy that he won three-meter and also won by quite a margin,” said head diving coach Nunzio Esposto. “We had a really good first meet considering it was against two of our top contenders in the ACC. I felt like all of the divers did well today and we’re off to a great start.”

Freshman Connie Dean continued to shine in her first meet as a Blue Devil, taking second in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.80) before teaming up with senior Lizzie Devitt to finish two-three in the 400 individual medley.

Duke rounded out the meet with a second-place finish in the men’s 400 freestyle relay, as Legard, Williams, Tate and St. George came in under the three-minute mark at 2:59.34. The women’s 400 freestyle relay of Hess, junior Hunter Aitchison, sophomore Kylie Jordan and Marsh was third (3:25.50).

“It’s our first meet,” Colella said. “Lots of things to work on, but a lot of great things to build off of. We’re incredibly proud and excited of the way we raced this weekend and just looking forward to an outstanding 2017-18 season.”

The Blue Devil swimmers and divers will compete again next weekend, making the short trip to Raleigh, N.C., to face NC State and Penn State Friday at 5 p.m.

Team Scores:
Duke Women 192.5, Florida State Women 160.5
Virginia Tech Women 214, Duke Women 139
Virginia Tech Women 223.5, Florida State Women 129.5

Florida State Men 208, Duke Men 145
Virginia Tech Men 209, Duke Men 144
Virginia Tech Men 194.5, Florida State Men 158.5

Top Duke Finishers By Event:
Women’s One-Meter Diving: 
Mackenzie Willborn (2nd), 271.25
Men’s Three-Meter Diving: 
Evan Moretti (1st), 390.65

Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay: Maddie HessConnie DeanAlyssa MarshLeah Goldman (1st), 1:41.41
Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay: Max St. GeorgeSean TateYusuke LegardMiles Williams (1st), 1:29.39

Women’s 1,000-Yard Freestyle: Verity Abel (1st), 10:03.00
Men’s 1,000-Yard Freestyle: 
Zach Washart (4th), 9:31.97

Women’s 50-Yard Freestyle: Alyssa Marsh (1st), 22.91
Men’s 50-Yard Freestyle: 
Miles Williams (5th), 20.57

Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Maddie Hess (4th), 55.29
Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: 
Max St. George (1st), 47.95

Women’s 200-Yard Breaststroke: Connie Dean (2nd), 2:17.80
Men’s 200-Yard Breaststroke: 
Judd Howard (5th), 2:05.44

Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Hunter Aitchison (5th), 1:53.04
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle: 
Sean Tate (6th), 1:41.35

Women’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Alyssa Marsh (1st), 54.52
Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: 
Yusuke Legard (5th), 49.99

Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Connie Dean (2nd), 4:21.60
Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: 
Judd Howard (7th), 4:10.05

Women’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Maddie HessHunter AitchisonKylie JordanAlyssa Marsh (3rd), 3:25.50
Men’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: 
Yusuke LegardMiles WilliamsSean TateMax St. George (2nd), 2:59.34

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