ACC Swimming Championship- 2022

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It was impossible to get an understanding on our team until this weekend as swimmers seemed to be added/subtracted randomly during the year and some good young swimmers seem to disappear off of last years team, etc.

The men finished 6th and the women 8th. The ACC has become the dominant conference in the country for swimming, making it tough to be too critical of those finishes. There were two American records set here. And lots of depth. In the men's 50 yard freestyle, FSU swimmer went 20.21 for 9th place. Last year at the NCAA championships, 19.19 was 9th. Just incredibly fast swimming at the conference. FSU is generally a young team on both sides.

Probably the top 4 teams on each side will be top 10 in the country, with the Virginia women being the prohibitive favorite to win the NC.

Is there progress? Eh.........maybe. For the men, I was hoping they would get over the hump and get past Georgia Tech. Again, some poor prelims swims kept that from being possible. I'm not sure what the coach has to do to get them ready for morning swims, but there is a consistent theme here. While the 500 swimmer posted an incredible 4:14.16, he did it in the B final because he went 4:20.55 in the prelims as an example. (For an old 500 yard swimmer seeing 7 swimmers going under 4:15 at a conference meet is just mind blowing!!!) We are missing that true elite swimmer on both sides. The men's team is developing some quality depth, while the women's team is missing a lot of needed parts. There are still too many events, where we barely score any points. That can't happen if we want to move into the top quadrant of the conference. It didn't help that our top female swimmer got disqualified in an event she should had made the A final in (200 Breaststroke).

The answer to all this is recruiting. We get our fair share of internationals. But, they don't seem to stay for the full expected time. Maybe in this new age, with last year being an Olympic year, that is the new normal? Other teams seem to be able to get elite internationals and have them swim for a full 4 years.

But, we really need to get to the point where we can get some of the better Florida HS swimmers. They are littered all over the ACC (Louisville........really???). I think we have good coaches, although there was some obtuse mentions of an issue last year with a coach??? We have a development program where athletes improve. But, we need to recruit a couple of elite swimmers on both sides. And continue to build depth to get us past this hump.

Some good young swimmers:
Mason Herbert a sophomore made the A final in the 100 Back, but had a slower swim in the final and finished 7th
Madeline Huggins a freshman scored in the B final in both the Breaststrokes
Edith Jernstedt a freshman scored in a A final in the 200 Butterfly, B final in the 100 Fly and C final in the 200 IM
Zsofia Kurdi a sophomore scored in several B finals.
Arijus Pavlidi freshman A finaled in the 200 Back and B finaled in the 100 Back
David Querie sophomore got 9th in the 1650 and B finaled in the 200 and 500
Zachry Smith, sophomore got 12th in the mile and C finaled in the 500 and 200 Fly
Peter Varjasi, just missed the A final in the 100 free and B finaled in the 50 and 200 free

We have a really good diver from Mexico who I think is a freshman. And another good freshman male diver too. Our senior diver didn't compete (covid?)

Seem to be really young on the diving team in general on both sides.

We have top seniors of both sides:
Nina Kucheron who was our top female point getter, despite getting DQd in the 200 Breastroke
Max McCuster was our top male point achiever.
Izaak Bastion our breaststroker who was another one that could have scored more if he had performed in the prelims as well as he did in the finals.
We had 1 more senior on both sides score decent points for us.
Don't know if any are eligible to come back with that Covid year or if they are interested.

So, the future is bright.............

On too NCAAs. We should have a bunch of relays competing and a contingent of folks in individual events. Might even see some individuals score some points? Relays should be good for us, but not as strong as in the past. Not sure if we have enough horses to get into the top 20 again for the men??? Women should get some points, but not likely to make top 25.
 

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It was impossible to get an understanding on our team until this weekend as swimmers seemed to be added/subtracted randomly during the year and some good young swimmers seem to disappear off of last years team, etc.

The men finished 6th and the women 8th. The ACC has become the dominant conference in the country for swimming, making it tough to be too critical of those finishes. There were two American records set here. And lots of depth. In the men's 50 yard freestyle, FSU swimmer went 20.21 for 9th place. Last year at the NCAA championships, 19.19 was 9th. Just incredibly fast swimming at the conference. FSU is generally a young team on both sides.

Probably the top 4 teams on each side will be top 10 in the country, with the Virginia women being the prohibitive favorite to win the NC.

Is there progress? Eh.........maybe. For the men, I was hoping they would get over the hump and get past Georgia Tech. Again, some poor prelims swims kept that from being possible. I'm not sure what the coach has to do to get them ready for morning swims, but there is a consistent theme here. While the 500 swimmer posted an incredible 4:14.16, he did it in the B final because he went 4:20.55 in the prelims as an example. (For an old 500 yard swimmer seeing 7 swimmers going under 4:15 at a conference meet is just mind blowing!!!) We are missing that true elite swimmer on both sides. The men's team is developing some quality depth, while the women's team is missing a lot of needed parts. There are still too many events, where we barely score any points. That can't happen if we want to move into the top quadrant of the conference. It didn't help that our top female swimmer got disqualified in an event she should had made the A final in (200 Breaststroke).

The answer to all this is recruiting. We get our fair share of internationals. But, they don't seem to stay for the full expected time. Maybe in this new age, with last year being an Olympic year, that is the new normal? Other teams seem to be able to get elite internationals and have them swim for a full 4 years.

But, we really need to get to the point where we can get some of the better Florida HS swimmers. They are littered all over the ACC (Louisville........really???). I think we have good coaches, although there was some obtuse mentions of an issue last year with a coach??? We have a development program where athletes improve. But, we need to recruit a couple of elite swimmers on both sides. And continue to build depth to get us past this hump.

Some good young swimmers:
Mason Herbert a sophomore made the A final in the 100 Back, but had a slower swim in the final and finished 7th
Madeline Huggins a freshman scored in the B final in both the Breaststrokes
Edith Jernstedt a freshman scored in a A final in the 200 Butterfly, B final in the 100 Fly and C final in the 200 IM
Zsofia Kurdi a sophomore scored in several B finals.
Arijus Pavlidi freshman A finaled in the 200 Back and B finaled in the 100 Back
David Querie sophomore got 9th in the 1650 and B finaled in the 200 and 500
Zachry Smith, sophomore got 12th in the mile and C finaled in the 500 and 200 Fly
Peter Varjasi, just missed the A final in the 100 free and B finaled in the 50 and 200 free

We have a really good diver from Mexico who I think is a freshman. And another good freshman male diver too. Our senior diver didn't compete (covid?)

Seem to be really young on the diving team in general on both sides.

We have top seniors of both sides:
Nina Kucheron who was our top female point getter, despite getting DQd in the 200 Breastroke
Max McCuster was our top male point achiever.
Izaak Bastion our breaststroker who was another one that could have scored more if he had performed in the prelims as well as he did in the finals.
We had 1 more senior on both sides score decent points for us.
Don't know if any are eligible to come back with that Covid year or if they are interested.

So, the future is bright.............

On too NCAAs. We should have a bunch of relays competing and a contingent of folks in individual events. Might even see some individuals score some points? Relays should be good for us, but not as strong as in the past. Not sure if we have enough horses to get into the top 20 again for the men??? Women should get some points, but not likely to make top 25.
That's extremely informative, @fsufool, I try to go to a meet or two every year but missed out this season. People can get super excited during the competitions!
 
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