Izaak Bastian Making A Splash For The Seminoles In Ncaa Division I Swimming

Monday, March 2, 2020


#Tribune Sports Reporter


#CONFERENCE championships continued in the NCAA Division I swimming and sophomore Izaak Bastian highlighted his season with a series of impressive performances for the Florida State Seminoles.

#At ACC Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bastian highlighted his weekend with a pair of medals, including a bronze medal in the 100 breast.

#Swimming out of lane eight, Bastian reached the medal podium in a personal best time of 52.36 seconds. He now stands at second all time in Seminoles history, several tenths off the record of 52.11 set in 2015.

#It was the first individual ACC Championship medal of Bastian’s two-year collegiate career.

#Bastian also swam the 50 free and finished 25th overall in 20.02. He was also 14th overall in the 200 breast in 1:57.42.

#He was also a member of the silver medal winning 200 medley team that finished in an NCAA provisional time of 1:24.51. Bastian split 22.93 on his leg of the relay.

#FSU originally took third, however a disqualification of the Louisville Cardinals team awarded the Seminoles the silver.

#The No.13 ranked Seminoles finished the meet in fifth place with a total of 812.50 points.

#“We had a great finish to a great week of racing,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re really excited that we have all five relays heading to NCAAs along with some good individuals.”

#Bastian continued his stellar sophomore season after a summer where he led Team Bahamas’ performance at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

#He opened the year first in the 100 breast (55.04) and 200 breast (2:00.20) at No. 12 Notre Dame.

#At the Georgia Tech invite, he was fourth in the 100 breast (53.51) third in the 200 breast (1:56.23).

#He also helped the Noles finish second in both the 200 and 400 medley relays. He also finished 21st in the 50 free with a personal best swim of 19.93.

#He won the 100 breast (55.64) and 200 breast (2:00.52) in a conference matchup against the Duke Blue Devils.

#He also placed second in the 200 IM (1:59.11) fourth in the 100 IM (52.86) and fifth in the 100 free (47.72) against Florida Southern.

#He placed fourth in the 200 breast (2:05.38) and third in the 100 breast (55.52) at the No. 9 Florida Gators.

#He also finished second in the 200 breast (2:03.15) after winning the 100 breast (55.49) at RV Georgia Tech.

#As a freshman last season, Bastian was a part of the 200 medley relay team that captured All-America honours at the NCAA Championships behind a seventh place finish.

#Bastian also competed in the 400 medley relay at NCAAs and won bronze at the ACC Championships in the 200 medley relay in school record-timing of 1:23.63.

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