FORT MYERS – Luis Jasso gave Florida Southern a win in the 200-breaststroke Friday night, and the Moccasins also got runner-up finishes Antonio Nunez-Alvarez and Noah Franz on the first day of a 2-day dual meet against Division I Florida State, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Jasso's win came in the final individual race of the night when he finished 1.97 seconds ahead of the Seminoles' Jason Coombs. His time of 2:01.38 was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and more than two seconds faster than his and the Mocs' previous best time in the 200-breast this season.
- Earlier in the night, Nunez-Alvarez placed second in the 400-IM. Swimming that event for the first time this season, Nunez-Alvarez clocked in at 4:06.63, which was the best for any Moccasin this fall. Right behind him was Matthew Holmes in third place at 4:07.73.
- Franz followed that with another runner-up finish for the Moccasins, taking second in the 200-freestyle. His time of 1:40.54 made him the first Florida Southern men's swimmer this year to achieve an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
- The Moccasins took third, fourth and fifth in the 200-backstroke where Marco Palacios, Evan Coleman and Talor Hamilton held those spots.
- Florida Southern got its best times of the season in five individual events, including the 400-IM, 200-free and 200-breast. The other two were the 50-freestyle, which Palacios swam in 21.25 seconds, and the 500-freestyle, which Luka Planinc swam in 4:44.64.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Both Florida Southern relay teams had new season-best performances, with Franz and Diego Gimenez on both of them.
- The 200-medley relay team of Palacios, Sean Kim, Franz and Gimenez had a time of 1:31.63, which was good for third place in that event.
- The 400-freestyle relay team of Franz, Gimenez, Nico Campbell and Luka Matacin finished second with a time of 3:04.66, which was 1.03 seconds off an NCAA "B" time.
- Palacios and Nunez-Alvarez were the Mocs' top performers in two individual events apiece.
- Either Jasso or Kim has won the 200-breast in all three meets this season.
The second half of the quad meet at Florida Gulf Coast begins Saturday morning at 10:00.