FSU Swimming NCAA Championships

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Thursday was a good day for the Seminoles. Beat their seeding in all events.

Scoring Seminoles

15th 200 Free Relay
Varjasi Tied for 14th in 50 Free (tied with a former Seminole now swimming for Utah)
11th 400 Medley Relay

Currently in 20th place with 20.5 points
 

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Thursday was a good day for the Seminoles. Beat their seeding in all events.

Scoring Seminoles

15th 200 Free Relay
Varjasi Tied for 14th in 50 Free (tied with a former Seminole now swimming for Utah)
11th 400 Medley Relay

Currently in 20th place with 20.5 points

Friday not so good for Seminoles. Swimmers were just a little off. Most of the swimmers needed a small improvement over their top times this year to move into scoring position. They didn't get it. Bastion, our breaststroker just needed to go below 52 again to make it into scoring position and he went .45 sec. slower.

Our diver, apparently hurt himself yesterday in warm ups and didn't dive . Today he did but maybe not at his best.

FSU got 14th in the 200 Medley Relay. Currently in 23rd place with 24.5 points.
 
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Finished with a 13th in the 400 Free Relay on Saturday.
Final standings FSU was 23rd with 32.5 points.

This is about where I thought they would be after I watched the ACC championships. Although it is down from the 12th place finish at the 2019 NCAAs, this team is very young. No senior swimmers were at the NCAA championships (1 diver) and 6 out of the 8 were underclassmen with 3 freshman. They were also very close to scoring more points too. For example, if sophomore Varjasi had done the same time in the prelims of the 100 Free that he lead off the 400 free relay with, he would have been in the consolation heat and able to score. If Junior McCusker and junior Bastion would have repeated their ACC time they would have scored. There were several others who were just off scoring too.

This has been a very difficult year I am sure with no early season training and all the COVID protocols (they were halted for 2 weeks in the fall).

This is a development oriented team. They haven't been able to get the ready made elite swimmers like UF. UF has 3 swimmers (2 juniors and 1 freshman) that were superstars in HS and now the juniors are winning multiple events at NCAAs. (St. Pete Aquatics Bobby Finke was a swimmer I was hoping we could get as his sister swam at FSU but no luck).

FSU is now in the position that if they just get one elite recruit we are a top 10 team. There is not much comparison to the poor teams on the men's side we had when Coach Studs took over. The women's side still needs some work in recruiting.

The ACC competition is fierce right now. And Texas is the dominant swimming power. So dominant that they had to leave 10 NCAA qualified swimmers home (18 max including divers). For example, 5 of the top 2021 HS recruits are committed to NC State, 2 to Virginia and 1 to Notre Dame (3 to Texas). 8 of the top 20 swimmers are ACC bound, more than any other conference (4 to PAC 12, 3 to Big 10, 2 to SEC) At some point one would hope Studd's would be able to reign in a top 20 swimming recruit. Meanwhile we watch as he develops the young talent he has.

Good job Noles.
 
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