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Fun Fact Friday: Three FSU Winter/Spring Teams Finished in the Top 5

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It would have likely been a great spring season for a number of Florida State athletic programs.

Last week, the NCAA made the decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships to try to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Earlier this week, the ACC followed suit, thus ending the athletic year for the Seminoles.

Although we would have all rather watched them play out, three FSU winter and spring sports teams finished in the top 5. For two of them, it was their highest ranking ever.

The most notable is Florida State men’s basketball. Led by guards Trent Forrest and Devin Vassell, the Seminoles set a program record for ACC wins with 16 and were crowned the ACC champion for just the second time in program history.

The Seminoles were expected to be a high seed in the NCAA Tournament and a popular Final Four pick, but will end the season with a record of 26-5. In the final AP Poll, FSU finishes No. 4 — its highest ranking ever in any poll.

It is the second straight year that FSU will finish in the top 10. Its previous highest final ranking was the in Coaches Poll where it finished No. 7 after the 1992-93 season where FSU reached the Elite Eight.

The men’s hoops team, believe it or not, will not finish with the highest ranking among FSU teams that did not complete their seasons. The FSU women’s tennis team finished No. 2 — its highest ever — behind only North Carolina in the ITA rankings released on March 10.

The Seminoles went 14-3 this season with their only losses coming to teams ranked in the top 5. FSU could be an elite team next season, especially if seniors Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia take advantage of the NCAA giving an extra year of eligibility and decide to return. Those two combined for 37 wins in single duals this season. Freshman Victoria Allen was a solid 16-6.

Also finishing in the top 5 was FSU’s beach volleyball team at No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The Seminoles were 12-1 with the only loss coming in a hard-fought 3-2 contest against USC. Sara Putt, Molly McBain and Payton Caffrey are three key seniors who will have to make decisions about next season.

Florida State’s men’s track and field team also finished in the top 10 at No. 8 in the final USTFCCCA rankings. Led by stars like Trey Cunningham, Kasaun James, Fabian Edoki and Isaac Grimes, the Seminoles won a third straight ACC indoor title last week and were two days away from participating in the NCAA Championships when the cancellation occurred.

The only FSU teams that did not complete their seasons and were not ranked in the top 25 nationally were men’s tennis, women’s track and field and women’s swimming and diving. FSU softball was ranked No. 12 in the NFCA Poll while FSU men’s swimming and diving was 14th in the last released CSCAA Poll. FSU baseball and women’s hoops were each ranked 19th in the Baseball America and AP Polls, respectively.

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