LAKELAND – With a trio of Moccasins winning two events apiece, and freshman Sean Kim and sophomore Luis Jasso turning in 1-2 finishes in two different races, #8 Florida Southern defeated Division III #3 Emory 151-94 on Friday.
Kim was one of Florida Southern's multiple winners by taking both the 100- and 200-breaststroke. With Jasso placing second in each of them, it marked the third time this year the same pair of Moccasins were 1-2 in both breaststroke races in the meet. Jasso had defeated Kim twice at the Tampa Spartan Invitational in late December before Kim pulled off the sweep against Emory. Earlier this season, each of them won a breaststroke race against the University of Tampa, with the other finishing second.
Junior Marco Palacios was the first to touch the wall in the two backstroke events with narrow wins over Emory All-American Mitchell Cooper each time. Palacios also had a second-place finish in the 50-freestyle where he was .07 seconds behind Emory's Ollie Smith. The 50-freestyle was one of the best races by the Moccasins though, with Palacios second, junior Diego Gimenez third, and senior Edson Lima fourth.
Senior Jesus Marin was the Moccasins' third multi-time individual winner on Friday, taking the 200-freestyle and the 100-freestyle. It kept Marin undefeated in the 200 this season.
Picking up single wins for the Moccasins were Lima and senior Raul Garrastazu. Lima earned his victory in the 100-butterly, and Garrastazu was victorious in the 200-butterfly by edging out junior teammate Antonio Nunez-Alvarez.
It was the 100-yard race where Florida Southern had its most dominant performance though, as Lima led a contingent of four straight Moccasin swimmers at the top of the list. Right behind him in second, third and fourth were Gimenez, freshman Taylor Eaddy, and Garrastazu.
The Mocs pulled off a similar feat in the 200-breaststroke where Kim and Jasso were first and second, followed by freshman Matthew Holmes in third. They were the only three Moccasins entered in that event, and Holmes was almost three seconds ahead of Emory's top swimmer.
Florida Southern's other top finishers Friday were Holmes in the 200-IM (third), Garrastazu and Wathen in the 500-freestyle (second and third respectively), and freshman Esteban Velasquez in the 1,000-freestyle (fifth).
The Moccasins also won the only relay race off the meet with Lima, Campbell, Marin, and Nunez-Alvarez taking the 400-freestyle relay by 3.22 seconds over Emory's top team.
Florida Southern will have its final home meet of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it hosts #4 Nova Southeastern.