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Preview: FSU swimming and diving

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The Florida State swimming and diving teams took a break for the holidays but have re-started the season with a meet against LSU last weekend. Below are some swimmers and divers to watch as well as other details on the men’s and women’s teams.

Coach: Neal Studd (swimming) and John Proctor (diving). Studd is in his fifth season at FSU, while Proctor is in his seventh season at FSU.

First meet of 2021: The FSU men def. LSU 170.5-91.5 and the FSU women tied LSU 131-131 last weekend.  

Home meet: FSU hosted LSU last weekend and will host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 11 a.m. (home meets are closed to the public). 

Coming up: FSU’s men and women are at Auburn on Jan. 20. The women’s team will host North Florida on Jan. 27. The ACC championships will be Feb. 17-20 (women) and Feb. 24-27 (men). The NCAA women’s meet is March 17-20, while the NCAA men’s meet is March 24-27. Both the ACC and NCAA meets will be held in Greensboro, N.C. 

Men to watch: Sophomore Nick Vance owns the FSU record in the 400 IM (3:45.50), shaving a fraction of a second off the mark Juan Sequera set in 2012 at 3:45.83. … Freshman Mason Herbet, junior Izaak Bastian, sophomore Domen Demsar and sophomore Peter Varjasi posted a Morcom Aquatics Center record of 1:26.85 in the 200 medley relay. … Herbert ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the 50 backstroke (21.67) … Varjasi also set a new record in the 50 free at 19.76 and freshman David Quirie set the new standard in the 1650 free at 15:29.19. … Adrian Aquilar won the 500 free against LSU (4:31.79). … Max McCusker (47.19) and Rush Clark (48.70) were 1-2 in the 100 butterfly vs. LSU.

Women to watch: Rebecca Moynihan (23.14) and Emma Terebo (23.24) took 1-2 in the 50 freestyle vs. LSU, and they both had top-4 finishes in the 100 free. … Maddie McDonald took first in the 100 backstroke (54.53) and 200 backstroke (1:58.09). … Jenny Halden is ranked 22nd nationally in the 100 butterfly (52.67) and competes on a number of relays.

Youth movement: Of the 14 swimmers who are ranked in the top 30 in the nation, most are freshmen or sophomores.

Strength in relays: Nine of FSU’s 10 relay teams are ranked in the top 16 in the nation.

Divers to watch: Joshua Davidson is the defending ACC champion on the 1-meter. Samantha Vear is the top women’s diver.

Worldwide Noles: The men’s team features swimmers from around the world, including Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Tunisia. The women’s team features swimmers from Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Norway, Hungary, Estonia, the Cayman Islands, Brazil, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

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Joshua Davidson is the defending ACC diving champion on the 1-meter. (photo by Christa Salerno / FSU athletics)