LAKELAND – With five different swimmers winning at least one race, and senior Luis Rojas and junior Jesus Marin each picking up two individual wins plus one more in a relay, 3rd-ranked Florida Southern posted a 121-78 win over 6th-ranked Wingate on Saturday. It was the first home meet of the season for the Moccasin men's team.
The Moccasins won the first nine races of the meet before swimming the final two as exhibitions, though Wingate's Roman Kanyuka took the 200-breaststroke anyway. Rojas was one of three Moccasins who had two individual wins, as the senior from Caracas, Venezuela captured the 200-IM and the 200-backstroke. He also swam the leadoff leg in the 400-medley relay which got Saturday's action started with another win for Florida Southern. He was joined there by senior Spencer Rowe (Ringgold, Ga.), junior Edson Lima (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and Marin (Cumana, Venezuela) in the anchor position.
Florida Southern's other multi-event winners were Marin in the 200-freestyle and 100-freestyle, and senior Allan Gutierrez (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) in the 50-freestyle and the 200-butterfly.
After starting the meet with their win in the 400-medley relay, the Mocs won again in the first individual race where junior Juan Tolosa (Guipuzcoa, Spain) took the 1,000-freestyle by just 0.29 seconds over junior teammate Raul Garrastazu (Dorado, P.R.). Later in the meet, however, Garrastazu turned the tables for a win over Tolosa in the 500-freestyle, a race that also saw redshirt sophomore Alec Wathen (Sunrise, Fla.) place third.
Marin followed Tolosa with the Mocs' third win of the day, swimming an NCAA "B" qualifying time in the 200-freestyle, and Gutierrez made Florida Southern 4-for-4 on the day with his win in the 50-freestyle. With sophomore Diego Gimenez (Burgos, Spain) second in the 50, it gave the Moccasins a commanding lead in the meet.
In the 200-IM, Florida Southern not only received a win from Rojas, the Mocs also took third, fourth, and fifth with senior Dylan Lake (Los Alamos, N.M.), senior Spencer Rowe (Ringgold, Ga.) and freshman Parker Basting (Gainesville, Ga.). Gutierrez and Garrastazu then finished 1-2 in the 200-butterfly before Marin and Rojas picked up their second wins of the afternoon in the 100-freestyle and 200-backstroke respectively.
The Mocs also won in one of the two events they swam as an exhibition, with Gutierrez, Wathen, Gimenez on anchor, and junior Collin Latham (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) taking the 400-freestyle relay.
Florida Southern returns to the pool next weekend for a pair of dual meets on Friday, January 9, and Saturday, January 10. On Friday, the Mocs host Emory at 4 p.m., and on Saturday they travel to Davie to face Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m.