Two Wins by Marin Highlight First Day at Florida State as Mocs Hit NCAA Provisional Times in Five of Nine Events

Jesus Marin
Jesus Marin

TALLAHASSEE – Jesus Marin turned in quite a performance against Florida State on Friday with two individual wins and two NCAA provisional qualifying times, Sean Kim and Luis Jasso also hit "B" standards, and two Florida Southern relay teams did the same on day one of their 2-day meet against the Seminoles.

Marin picked up his two wins in the 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle with "B" times in each of them. It was his third win and third "B" time of the season in the 200, which he finished in 1:38.78 to beat Florida State's Jemal LeGrand by a little more than one second. He later edged out the Seminoles' Calvin Bryant by a similar margin in the 500, with a winning time of 4:33.40. Florida Southern freshman Matthew Holmes wasn't far behind him either, placing third and missing an NCAA provisional qualifying time by only three-tenths of a second.

Kim and Jasso each had their "B" times in the 200-breaststroke where they finished second and third respectively and were separated by 0.21 seconds. They were only 0.16 seconds apart in the Mocs' last meet at Florida Tech when they placed first and second in that one.

Florida Southern had three other swimmers who barely missed "B" times as well. Freshman Nico Campbell was 0.16 seconds off that mark in the 200-freestyle, junior Diego Gimenez was even closer at 0.02 seconds off in the 50-freestyle, and senior Raul Garrastazu was 0.06 seconds short in the 200-butterfly.

Garrastazu's time of 1:51.83 also gave him a runner-up finish in the 200-butterfly, where junior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez was a close third at 1:52.18. That was the first of three races Friday where Florida Southern had two of the top three swimmers. The others were the 500-freestyle where Marin and Holmes were first and third; and the 200-breaststroke where Kim and Jasso were second and third.

In the two relay races that were held on Friday, the Moccasins top team finished third in the 200-medley relay, and second in the 400-freestyle, with both of them hitting NCAA "B" standards in the process. Gimenez and junior Marco Palacios were part of each, with Jasso and senior Edson Lima included in the 200-medley, and Marin and Campbell swimming the first two legs of the 400.

The second day of the quad meet with Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast and West Florida begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m.