LAKELAND – Behind three different double winners in individual events, and double winners Edson Lima and Diego Gimenez in the relay races, Florida Southern (the 3rd-ranked team in NCAA Division II) downed Emory (the 3rd-ranked team in Division III), 176-107 at the Hollis Wellness Center on Friday.
Lima and Gimenez combined to bring the Moccasins from behind in the first race of the day by swimming the final two legs of the 200-medley relay. They later teamed up again as the second and third legs of the 200-freestyle relay. In the first of those races, Lima, a junior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil pulled the Mocs ahead on the third leg before Gimenez, a sophomore from Burgos, Spain, gave them a 0.08-second margin of victory over the Eagles. As darkness fell in the final race of the meet, Gimenez was on leg two and Lima on leg three in between senior Allan Gutierrez (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) and junior Collin Latham (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.). The combined for a 2.64-second win over the Eagles' top 200-freestyle relay team.
Gutierrez was also one of Florida Southern's double individual winners, taking the 50- and 100-freestyle back-to-back in the middle of the meet. He won both of those races with NCAA "B" qualifying times, and in both instances, the Moccasins also had the runner-up. In the 50-freestyle it was Gimenez, and in the 100-freestyle it was junior Jesus Marin (Cumana, Venezuela).
Junior Raul Garrastazu (Dorado, P.R.) won the 1,000-freestyle and 200-butterfly, with his victorious time of 9:37.37 in the 1,000 coming by less than one second over Emory's Mitchell Cooper. He then beat out the Eagles' John Galvin by 2.07 seconds in the butterfly.
The Moccasins' third dual winner of the meet was sophomore Marco Palacios (Madrid, Spain), who won both backstroke races. He just missed an NCAA "B" time in the 100, where the Mocs also had Lima as the runner-up, and they got another second-place finish in the 200 from senior Luis Rojas (Caracas, Venezuela).
In addition to his runner-up status in the 100-backstroke and two relay wins, Lima won the 100-butterfly by 0.82 seconds over Galvin from Emory. Galvin barely held off Gimenez for his second runner-up finish of the day in the fly.
Marin also had a second and first place for the Moccasins. Before finishing as the runner-up in the 100-freestyle, he won the 200-freestyle with an NCAA "B" time of 1:40.90. That event proved to be Florida Southern's best of the meet, with Rojas second and redshirt sophomore Alec Wathen (Sunrise, Fla.) third.
The biggest individual winner of the meet though belonged to Emory. Junior Andrew Wilson, who set the NCAA Division III national records in both the 100- and 200-breaststoke in his most recent meet before Christmas, won both of those events again at Florida Southern in addition to the 200-IM. Senior Dylan Lake (Los Alamos, N.M.) was second to Wilson in the breaststroke races, and Rojas was second in the 200-IM, though the Mocs swam that race as an exhibition.
Emory's fourth win came from Christian Baker in the 500-freestyle, with Garrastazu finishing second.
Florida Southern will be right back in action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to south Florida to face 15th-ranked Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m.