DAVIE – On day two of the Shark Invitational, Florida Southern got runner-up finishes from its 200-freestyle relay team and junior Edson Lima in the 100-butterfly, and wins from its 400-medley relay team and sophomore Jesus Marin in the 200-freestyle. That allowed the Moccasins to reach the halfway point of the meet in third place out of five teams.
Lima was not only second in the 100-butterfly, he swam anchor on the 200-freestyle relay team, and was also part of the winning 400-medley relay team in the final race of the night. The junior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil helped the Moccasins set a new meet record in that event, as they hit an NCAA "B" standard at 3:15.58 and beat Nova Southeastern by nine-tenths of a second. Lima was joined in victory lane by sophomore Marco Palacios (Madrid, Spain), senior Spencer Rowe (Ringgold, Ga.), and junior Luis Flores (Gurabo, P.R.).
The Moccasins also had a third-place team in the 400-medley relay too, featuring senior Luis Rojas (Caracas, Venezuela), senior Dylan Lake (Los Alamos, N.M.), senior Allan Gutierrez (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) and Marin (Cumana, Venezuela). They were beaten by only the top teams from Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern.
Many of the Moccasin swimmers in the 400-medley relay had already had a successful run in the 200-freestyle at the start of Friday night's finals, where Rojas, Gutierrez, Lima, and sophomore Diego Gimenez (Burgos, Spain) placed second in a near school-record time of 1:20.52. Rojas, Gutierrez and Lima had been a part of the school record (1:20.20) in that event at last year's national championships.
In the first individual race of Friday night, redshirt sophomore Alec Wathen (Sunrise, Fla.) was the Moccasins' top finisher in third place, followed by Lake in fourth. Wathen was 0.74 seconds away from Jeb Halfacre's school record, and both he and Lake achieved NCAA "B" qualifying times.
The Mocs did even more damage in the 100-butterfly with five finalists, led by Lima's runner-up time of 48.63 seconds, and a third-place finish from Palacios, who swam the race in 48.70 seconds. Gimenez, Gutierrez, and junior Raul Garrastazu (Dorado, P.R.) all made the finals too, and joined Lima and Palacios with NCAA "B" times.
Marin then won the 200-freestyle for the third meet in a row, taking first in 1:39.50, a margin of one-tenth of a second over Nova's Thiago Sickert. Rojas was third in 1:40.08, and junior Juan Tolosa (Guipuzcoa, Spain) was fifth in 1:40.39, and all three Moccasins were better than the NCAA "B" standard.
Florida Southern ended the day with 677 points, with Tampa (883) and Nova Southeastern (766) in first and second. The Moccasins had a comfortable margin over fourth-place Rollins, which had 229 points.
Day three of the Shark Invitational gets underway Saturday morning with prelims at 10 a.m., and the finals are Saturday at 5 p.m.