MELBOURNE – Six different Moccasins won individual races Friday, and three of them were also part of one winning relay team as Florida Southern improved to 2-0 in dual meets this season with a 114-91 victory at Florida Tech.
The Moccasins won the first three events held on Friday before the Panthers picked up a pair of wins to close the gap. The Mocs then put together another 3-event winning streak to pull away for the final margin and drop the Panthers to 0-2 on the season.
Friday's gold medal slots were filled by seniors Jesus Marin and Raul Garrastazu, juniors Diego Gimenez, Marco Palacios and Antonio Nunez-Alvarez, and sophomore Luis Jasso. Palacios, Jasso, Gimenez and senior Edson Lima also teamed up for the win in the 200-medley relay in which they finished nearly three seconds ahead of Florida Tech.
That got Florida Southern off and running, with Garrastazu following in the 1,000-freestyle and Marin in the 200-freestyle. The 1,000 was a tight race between Garrastazu and Florida Tech's Emanuele Rossi, though Garrastazu eventually pulled ahead halfway through and ended up winning by 0.28 seconds. Marin then captured the 200 by more than three seconds over Thomas Steenberg with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:40.80. It was the second week in a row Marin had a "B" time while winning the 200-freestyle.
Florida Tech won the next two races, the 50-freestyle and 400-IM, where Palacios and Nunez-Alvarez each finished second. Both Moccasin swimmers went on to win their next events though, with Nunez-Alvarez taking the 200-butterfly and Palacios doing the same in the 200-backstroke. It was the first win for Nunez-Alvarez since joining the Moccasins this year, though he came to Florida Southern as a conference champion in the 200-butterfly at Bridgeport University. Meanwhile, Palacios picked up his second win of 2015-16 in the 200-backstroke.
Gimenez earned his win Friday in the 100-freestyle, edging out Marin by 0.11 seconds. That sparked a strong finish for the Moccasins in the meet, as they would hold first and second place in three of the final four individual events. Palacios and junior Evan Coleman were 1-2 in the 200-backstroke, and Jasso and freshman Sean Kim were 1-2 in the 200-breaststroke where they were separated by just 0.16 seconds.
The Moccasins also got a second-place finish from freshman Matthew Holmes in the 500-freestyle. That was a race that saw the top three swimmers finish within 1.36 seconds of each other.
The Moccasins' next meet will be a 2-day competition against Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast in Tallahassee on November 6 and 7.