LAKELAND – Winning 11 of the 14 events held, and with four swimmers winning multiple individual races, Florida Southern took both ends of a double dual with Florida Tech and Keiser in its first home meet of the season. The Moccasins defeated the Panthers 321-162, and the Seahawks from Keiser 344-138.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern (2-1) opened up Friday's meet with six straight wins and took 10 of the first 11 overall before Florida Tech won two of the last three.
- A total of six Moccasins won at least one race, and Diego Gimenez provided the anchor for their victorious 200-medley relay team that got the day started. Also a part of that meet-opening win were Marco Palacios, Sean Kim and Noah Franz, all of whom would go on to win their first individual races a bit later.
- Franz and Palacios were among the Moccasin swimmers who won two individual races Friday, but the first to put his name in the win column was Luka Planinc in the 1,000-freestyle. Planinc would then go on to win the second distance event of the meet, the 500-freestyle, giving him the first two wins of his college career.
- After Planinc captured the 1,000-free, Franz and Palacios followed with their first wins of the day in 200-free and 100-back respectively. Kim and Antonio Nunez-Alvarez then made it six straight wins to start the meet for Florida Southern by finishing first in the 100-breaststroke and 200-butterfly.
- Florida Tech took the top two positions in the 50-free, where Gimenez was the top Moccasin swimmer, but Florida Southern bettered that by going 1-2-3 in the 100-free behind Franz, Nico Campbell and Gimenez.
- After the strong showing by the entire team in the 100-free, Planinc and Nunez-Alvarez would each post their second wins of the day in the 500-free and 200-IM respectively, and Luis Jasso would also win the 200-breast.
- Jasso and Kim were first and second in both breaststroke races, though it was Kim in the earlier 100 and Jasso in the 200.
- The Moccasins held three of the top four spots in the 100-breast with Kim, Jasso and Matthew Holmes in addition to claiming the 1-2-3 positions in the 100-free.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Dating back to last year, Palacios has won both the 100- and 200-backstroke in four of the last five meets where he's competed in those two events. It's the eighth time in his career he's pulled off that same type of double victory.
- There were four events Friday where the Moccasins finished first and third, and that third-place swimmer placed ahead of their closest competitor from Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Tech. Campbell did that in the 200-free, Talor Hamilton did it in the 100-back, Evan Coleman did so in the 200-back, and Holmes accomplished it in the 500-free.
Florida Southern will travel to Fort Myers for a 2-day meet at Florida Gulf Coast University against Florida State.