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Moccasins Rack Up Five Wins on Day Two of Spartan Invitational; Holmes Sets School Record in One

Matthew Holmes
Matthew Holmes

CLEARWATER – With four different Moccasins earning individual wins, one relay team also victorious, and a school record by freshman Matthew Holmes, Florida Southern remained in second place on day two of the Tampa Spartan Invitational.

Even though the Moccasins still trail the Spartans in the team standings, the day really belonged to Florida Southern. The Mocs won five of the seven events held and had NCAA provisional qualifying times in all of them. Their first win of the night came from Holmes, who set a new school standard in the 400-IM after also winning the 200 on Friday. Also picking up wins for Florida Southern were senior Edson Lima in the 100-butterfly, sophomore Luis Jasso in the 100-breaststroke, and junior Marco Palacios in the 100-backstroke. The Mocs' final win Saturday came from the 800-freestyle relay team, with Holmes swimming anchor on that one.

Tampa won the first race, the 200-medley relay, but the Mocs' foursome of Palacios, freshman Sean Kim, Lima, and junior Diego Gimenez was second with an NCAA "B" time of 1:29.55.

Holmes then got Florida Southern its first win of the night by swimming the 400-IM in 3:57.58. That broke the mark previously held by current Moccasin redshirt junior Alec Wathen, but it was actually the second time it fell on Saturday. Earlier during prelims, it was junior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez who broke it with a time of 3:57.62.

Lima followed with a win in the 100-butterfly in 48.22 seconds, and senior Raul Garrastazu also hit an NCAA "B" time by finishing fourth in that race. The Moccasins had four swimmers reach the finals of that event, including Gimenez and junior Evan Coleman, and freshman Taylor Eaddy also won the consolation final.

The Moccasins notched their third win of the night in the 100-breaststroke when Jasso and Kim finished 1-2, separated by 0.21 seconds. Both swimmers had NCAA provisional qualifying times, with Jasso's winning time 55.28 seconds.

In the next race, it was Palacios who won the 100-backstroke in 48.37 seconds. It was another event where Florida Southern put four swimmers in the finals, with Palacios joined by Gimenez, Lima, and Coleman. Palacios and Gimenez each notched NCAA "B" times for the Moccasins in this one.

The night ended with Florida Southern winning the 800-freestyle relay, as Marin, freshman Nico Campbell, Nunez-Alvarez and Holmes providing the NCAA "B" time of 6:37.16.
Campbell was also Florida Southern's best swimmer in the 200-freestyle, placing third with another NCAA "B" time of 1:40.32.

The Moccasins' five wins on Saturday give them eight so far in the meet, with the Spartans winning the other four.

The Tampa Spartan Invitational concludes Sunday with six more events.