FSU beach volleyball opens with sweep

The No. 2 Florida State beach volleyball team (1-0) started the season off with a bang as they earned a 5-0 sweep of ULM on Friday afternoon.

The Seminoles took it to the Warhawks with five two-set wins and another one coming on the exhibition court. Freshmen Maddie Anderson, Keara Rutz and Liz Waters-Leiga, along with junior Alice Zeimann all won their first matches at FSU.

Pairs four, five and the exhibition pair went off first as the Noles quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Redshirt senior Payton Caffrey and Waters-Leiga got things started for the Noles with a 21-14, 21-11 win out of the four spot. Sophomore Lexi McKeown and Rutz gave the Noles a 2-0 lead heading into the second wave with a huge 21-7 first set win and backed that up with a 21-11 win in the second set.

Florida State jumped out fast in the second wave of matches as well, not allowing ULM to earn more than 13 points in a set. Sophomore Kate Privett along with Anderson clinched the match for the Seminoles with a 21-11, 21-10 win on court three. Senior Molly McBain and junior Alaina Chacon extended the lead to four with a 21-9, 21-13 win on court one. Zeimann and junior Madison Fitzpatrick capped off the sweep for the Noles with a 21-12, 21-12 win on court two.

The Seminoles are back in action tomorrow for day two of the Seminole Beach Bash. The Noles open up the day at 8 am against Houston Baptist. Florida State also takes on Stetson at 11:45 am and TCU at 4:45 pm. 

#2 Florida State 5, ULM 0

1. Molly McBain/Alaina Chacon (FS) def. Love, Gabby/Gallant, Kayla (ULM) 21-9, 21-13

2. Alice Zeimann/Madison Fitzpatrick (FS) def. Convey, Grace/Blazek, Julia (ULM) 21-12, 21-12

3. Kate Privett/Maddie Anderson (FS) def. Smith, Bailey/Elder, Abbie (ULM) 21-11, 21-10

4. Payton Caffrey/Liz Waters-Leiga (FS) def. Brooks, Audrey/Ponthieux, Holland (ULM) 21-14, 21-11

5. Lexi McKeown/Keara Rutz (FS) def. Moreland, Elizabeth/McKay, Katie (ULM) 21-7, 21-11

Ext. Jenna Johnson/Ashley Robert (FS) def. Gosen, Ina/Kemp, Allie (ULM) 21-8, 21-12

Women’s swim and dive

The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team was powered by career best performances on the third day of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

“Tonight we really caught fire,” FSU head coach Neal Stud said. “Almost all of our swims that came back went faster. It was just an awesome evening and it was a lot of fun.”

The Seminoles had nine individual swims on the night, claiming two consolation heat victories behind freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren and sophomore Nina Kucheran.

VanOvermeiren posted a season best in prelims in the 400 IM at 4:14.44 to earn a spot in the B final in 11th place.

At night, VanOvermeiren took the lead during the 100 breast leg and finished strong with a best time by two seconds at 4:10.39 (NCAA B) to win the heat. The time was the third fastest in school history and just shy of the 2019 NCAA invited time (4:10.00).

Kucheran qualified in ninth place out of prelims in the 100 breast at 1:00.76 and held her place in finals with a time of 1:00.68.

The session started with sophomore Aryanna Fernandes clocking a time of 52.83 in the 100 fly, and senior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp touched at 53.76 for 21st place. Both swims were NCAA B times.

Sophomore Hannah Womer joined VanOvermeiren in the final of the 400 IM after touching in 19th place with a career best time of 4:19.30 in prelims. Womer swam faster at night, clocking 4:18.05 for 21st.

In the 200 free, sophomore Kertu Alnek put up her best time at 1:47.27 for second place in the C final and 18th overall. The swim was the seventh fastest in FSU history.

In the 200 free, sophomore Kertu Alnek put up her best time at 1:47.27 for second place in the C final and 18th overall. The swim was the seventh fastest in FSU history.

Florida State had a solid showing in the 100 back, qualifying four swimmers for finals with NCAA B standards, two in the consolation heat and two in the bonus final.

Junior Emma Terebo was in a close race in the consol heat and finished second for 10th overall with a time of 52.79, which was a career best, keeping her in fifth on the FSU all-time top 10 list. Sophomore Madeleine McDonald tied for 14th at 53.42 after swimming a season best in prelims at 53.39.

In the bonus heat, junior Madeline Cohen led Noles in second (53.44) and 18th overall, just ahead of her classmate Ana Zortea in 19th with a personal best of 53.64, moving her up to ninth all-time.

The Seminoles closed out the night with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay behind Terebo, Kucheran, Fernandes and Alnek with a time of 3:33.11, which is an NCAA consideration time.

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