Raul Garrastazu
Raul Garrastazu
Height: 5-11
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Dorado, PR
Events: Fly/Free
Major: Athletic Training
Gamer: Dorado Academy

One of Florida Southern’s seven returning All-Americans… Has a total of 10 All-American or Honorable Mention All-American awards so far (eight individual and two relay)… Won three All-American awards as a freshman, three as a sophomore, and four as a junior… Comes into his senior year with 19 career individual wins… School record holder in the 200-butterfly and helped the Mocs set another school record in the 200-freestyle relay.

As a junior (2014-15)… All-American in the 200-butterfly (5th place) and 200-freestyle relay (6th place)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 1000-freestyle (16th place) and the 1650 freestyle (13th place)… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll…  In addition to his three All-American or Honorable Mention All-American events, also competed in the 100-butterfly at the NCAA Division II National Finals… One of eight Moccasins to take part in all nine meets, including the SSC Championships and National Finals… Tied for fourth in individual scoring (61 points) at the SSC Championships, which was up two spots from his sophomore year and second on the team to Marco Palacios… Set the school record in the 200-butterfly at the National Finals with a time of 1:46.47 (March 13)… Fourth on the team with seven individual wins… Had four of those in the 200-butterfly, two in the 1,000-freestyle, and one in the 500-freestyle… SSC Champion in the 200-butterfly for the second year in a row with a meet record time of 1:46.49… Runner-up in the 200-fly in a field of 18 swimmers at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational (Dec. 20)… Florida Southern’s top swimmer in that event in all but one meet, finishing behind teammate Allan Gutierrez against Wingate (Jan. 3)… In addition to his two wins in the 1,000-freestyle, finished second in five other meets behind only All-American teammate Juan Tolosa, once by less than three-tenths of a second… Achieved NCAA “B” times in each of the three longest freestyle events (500, 1000, and 1650), and both the 100 and 200-butterfly… Helped all three freestyle relay teams and the 400-medley relay team hit NCAA “B” times… Eventually helped the 200-relay team set a new school record with a time of 1:19.82 at the National Finals where they finished in sixth place…  #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 200-butterfly, was second in the 1,000-freestyle and 1,650-freestyle, and third in the 500… Was fifth on the national times list in the 200-fly and 17th in the 1,650.

As a sophomore (2013-14)… All-American in the 200-butterfly (7th place)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 1000-freestyle (16th place) and the 1650 freestyle (16th place)… First Team All-SSC… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll…  Also competed in the 500-freestyle at the National Finals… One of eight Moccasins to participate in all 11 meets including the NCAA Division II National Championships… Tied for sixth place in individual scoring at the SSC Championships with 47 points… Set the SSC Championships record in the 200-butterfly with a winning time of 1:47.16… Also won the 500-freestyle, edging out teammate Juan Tolosa by 0.14 seconds… SSC runner-up in the 1650 freestyle to Tolosa… Won a total of seven individual races during the season (five in the 200-butterfly and two in the 500-freestyle), and was victorious in the 200-butterfly in all four dual meets where that even was held… Part of one relay victory during the season… Had four second-place showings in the 1,000-freestyle where Tolosa was the only swimmer who beat him… Finished second to Tolosa in the 1650-freestyle twice, including the SSC Championships… First on Florida Southern’s times list in the 200-butterfly, second in the 1650-freestyle, and third in the 500- and 1000-freestyle… Gave Florida Southern the top time in the SSC in the 200-butterfly with his school-record 1:47.16, which also put him fourth on the Division II times list… Ranked third in the conference and 16th on the national times list in the 500-freestyle.

As a freshman (2012-13)… All-American in the 800 freestyle relay (2nd place)… Honorable mention All-American in the 200 butterfly (10th place) and the 1650 freestyle (13th place)… Sunshine State Conference Swimmer-of-the-Week for January 7 following his performance in a dual meet victory over Bridgeport…  Missed an honorable mention All-American award in the 1,000 freestyle by one place… Runner-up in the SSC Championships in the 200 butterfly… Earned five event wins during the regular season, including three in the 200 butterfly… Also picked up wins in the 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle… Won all three of those events in the Mocs’ win over Bridgeport on January 5, earning him the SSC Swimmer-of-the-Week award… Individually, was second on the team’s top times list to Juan Tolosa in all of the distance events (500 freestyle, 1,000-freestyle, and 1,650 freestyle)… Second on that same list in the 200-butterfly to 2013 senior Bruce Janzen, with a season-best time of 1:49.22 at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

In high school… 2012 graduate of Dorado Academy in Puerto Rico… Competed in swimming all four years and was a 4-time MVP… Personal… Son of Elmer Garrastazu and Isbael Martin… Has one older sister (Cristina)… Born April 13, 1994… Major: Athletic Training.