Worrell, Louisville dominate Florida State through first day of two-day dual

by Ian Murphy 0

January 09th, 2015 AAC, ACC, College, Previews & Recaps

Both the Louisville men and women are leading the Florida State men and women by almost the exact same score through the first day of a two day dual meet.

The Friday portion of the meet featured the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays, as well as the 200 IM, 500 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, freestyle and 200 backstroke and butterfly.


Women: Louisville 109 – 58 Florida State

Men: Louisville 110.5 – 56.5 Florida State

Full results from day one are available here.

Women’s meet: 

Kelsi Worrell was the star of the show for the Louisville Cardinals, who lost just one event to the seminoles on day one.

As the second leg on the 200 freestyle relay, Worrell reeled off a 22.05 relay split. , almost a second and a half faster than the rest of her relay. The team of Andrea Kneppers, Worrell, Rachel Grooms, and Alex Sellers touched first in 1:33.19, with Worrell’s split making the difference over Florida State’s relay of Kaitlyn Dressel, Alexi Smith, Bianca Spinazzola, and Sam Pochowski. That relay touched in 1:33.61. The Louisville B relay finished third in 1:35.71.

In the 100 freestyle, Worrell, in 49.15, beat the rest of the field into the wall by .9 tenths of a second and smashed the old pool record of 49.73 by over a half second. Her time is also an NCAA B cut. Dressel followed her into the wall in 50.05. Kneppers touched third for Louisville in 51.21.

The final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay, saw another fantastic swim from Worrell. Worrell and her team of Tanja Kylliainen on Backstroke,  Andee Cottrell on breaststroke, and Kneppers on freestyle finished second in 3:40.50, but the real story was Worrell’s 52.09 butterfly split, a very fast swim for a mid-January meet.

Spinazzola, Pochowski, Chelsea Britt, and Dressel won the relay in 3:40.39. Florida State’s B relay took third.

Kylliainen had big meet for the Cardinals as well. The senior doubled up with a win in both the 200 IM and 200 butterfly.

In the IM, Kylliainen was the only swimmer under 2 minutes in 1:59.87. Britt was second in 2:03.40. Erica Belcher was third for Louisville in 2:04.45.

In the butterfly, Kylliainen again outdid Britt. Kylliainen touched in 1:57.75, overcoming a two second deficit on the breaststroke leg to eventually win. Britt finished in 1:57.94. Both Kylliainen and Britt swam NCAA B cut times.  Devon Bibault was third for the Cardinals in 2:02.44.

Louisville freshman Marah Pugh won the 500 freestyle in 4:56.74 over Josie Cuda, who finished in 4:56.75. Pugh out split Cuda 58.75 to 59.48 over the last 100 to beat the Florida State junior. Abby Chin finished third for Louisville in 5:00.87.

Cottrell, the Louisville school record holder, took the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.98. Pochowski finished second with a 1:03.16. Natalie Pierce backed up her Seminole teammate with a third place finish of 1:03.76.

Belcher, Ashley LeClair, and Hannah Magnusson swept the 200 backstroke for Louisville. Belcher was 2:01.98, LeClair was 2:02.49, Magnusson was 2:05.79.

Men’s meet:

Much like the women’s meet, the Louisville men only lost one event to the Seminoles.

That lone event was the 200 butterfly, won by Florida State’s Cole Hensley in 1:47.49, an NCAA B cut. Connor Knight of Florida State took second in 1:48.03. David Boland of Louisville took third with a 1:49.65.

Aside from the butterfly, the meet went in favor of Louisville. Thomas Dahlia, Caryle Blondell, Matthias Lindenbauer, and Trevor Carroll touched in 1:20.58 for a 200 freestyle relay victory of over a second. The latter three swimmers all split under 20 seconds, with Carroll touching the fastest in 19.78. Jason McCormick, Cadell Lyons, Kevin Rogers, and Knight could not keep Louisville’s pace. The Florida State foursome took second in 1:21.69, and were almost run down by the Louisville B relay, which touched in 1:21.72.

Nolan Tesone then won the 200 IM in an NCAA B cut of 1:48.51, the only swimmer under 1:50.  Jason Coombs of Florida State and Josh Quallen tied for second in 1:50.65. Carlos Claverie took fourth for Louisville in 1:54.35.

After a solid split on the 200 freestyle relay, Carroll won the 500 freestyle in 4:28.79, good for a victory of almost over Rogers. Rogers touched in 4:29.63.  Marcelo Acosta finished in 4:31.48 for another Louisville top three finish.

Louisville kept rolling with Thomas Dahlia’s 55.43 victory in the 100 breaststroke. Florida State scored another second place finish with Coombs’ 55.77. Addison Bray touched third for Louisville in 55.92.

The Cardinals would then 1-2-3 the 200 backstroke, including a 1:45.39 swim from Grigory Tarasevich, which beat his Louisville Teammates, Aaron Green and Nick Hasemann by over 2.5 seconds. Green finished with a 1:48.02, Hasemann touched in 1:50.52.

That sweep followed by another sweep in the 100 freestyle, Blondell, Lindenbauer, and Carroll completed the sweep with the latter two tying for second in 45.32. Blondell won in 44.99.

Louisville’s A 400 yard medley relay disqualified, but that was a non-issue for the Cardinal’s, as Greene, Bray, Boland, and Lindenbauer won the relay in an 3:18.66. Josh Friedel, Jason Coombs, Connor Knight, and Jason McCormick finished second for Florida State in 3:20.02. The Louisville C relay finished third with a 3:21.02.

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