TAMPA, Fla. – Sophomore Sean Kim and newcomer Noah Franz each picked up individual wins and also helped Florida Southern win one of the two relays, and senior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez posted a solo win as well though Tampa took four of the final five races to pull away for a 123-82 season-opening win over the Moccasins.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern started the meet with a win in the 400-medley relay behind Kim, Franz, and seniors Evan Coleman and Diego Gimenez. Kim was on the breaststroke portion and Franz anchored on the freestyle leg. The Mocs also saw their second team of freshman Talor Hamilton, sophomore Matthew Holmes, Nunez-Alvarez and junior Luka Matacin nearly finish ahead of the Spartans' top team too.
- The two teams were tied 37-37 with four events in the books before Tampa won four of the next five to pull away from Florida Southern.
- Franz, a junior transfer from North Carolina State University, won the 200-freestyle in his first individual race for the Moccasins and later finished second in the 100-freestyle.
- Kim won the 200-breaststroke, which was the final individual race of the night.
- Nunez-Alvarez notched his win in the 200-butterfly.
- The Moccasins took first and second in two different races. The first was the 200-free where Franz finished ahead of sophomore Nico Campbell by 1.02 seconds. The second such race was the 200-breast where the Mocs actually took three of the top four spots behind Kim (first), Holmes (second) and Nunez-Alvarez (fourth).
- Sophomore Luka Planinc had runner-up finishes in both distance events, the 1,000-free and the 500-free, and was just 1.3 seconds behind Tampa's Tomas Manso-Fraga in the 500.
- Gimenez placed second in the 50-freestyle in addition to being part of the winning 400-medley relay team.
- Florida Southern's top swimmer in the in the 400-IM was Matacin, a transfer from Drury, and their top swimmer in the 200-backstroke was Hamilton, a freshman from Ellsworth, Maine.
- Both Florida Southern and Tampa had teams DQ'd in the 400-freestyle relay in the final race.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Moccasins' top returning backstroke swimmer and NCAA record holder Marco Palacios did not swim Friday night. He won 10 backstroke races last year and was the national runner-up in the 100.
- This marked the 13th year in a row Florida Southern's first dual meet of the season was against Tampa.
- Florida Southern will host Florida Tech and Keiser in its first home meet of the season next Friday at the Hollis Wellness Center beginning at 2:00 p.m.