Palacios Wins 100-Backstroke; Mocs Take Second in Three Other Events in Dual Meet vs. Florida State

Marco Palacios
Marco Palacios

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Marco Palacios won the 100-backstroke with an NCAA provisional qualifying time, and the Moccasins got runner-up finishes from Matthew Holmes, Luka Planinc, and their 200-freestyle relay team to conclude a 2-day dual meet with Florida State that was hosted by Florida Gulf Coast. The Seminoles out-scored the Moccasins 225-90 in the 17 events held.


  • Palacios won the 100-backstroke by 0.05 seconds over Florida State's Stefan Stojmenovich. His NCAA "B" time of 49.47 seconds was more than two seconds faster than his time from two weeks earlier in the Mocs' double dual meet against Florida Tech and Keiser.
  • Holmes finished second in the 200-IM in 1:55.37, which was 0.52 seconds behind Florida State's Connor Kalisz.
  • Planinc took second place in the 1,000-freestyle with a team season-best time of 9:51.66. He was followed in third, fourth and fifth place by Charles Gotsch, Esteban Velasquez, and Jonathan Sawyer.
  • The Mocs' runner-up 200-freestyle relay team of Noah Franz, Diego Gimenez, Palacios and Nico Campbell clocked in at 1:23.96, which was just over half a second off another NCAA provisional qualifying time.
  • The Moccasins had both Luis Jasso and Sean Kim surpass the team's previous top times this season in the 100-breaststroke. Jasso and Kim finished third and fourth respectively.
  • Gimenez was the Mocs' top performer in the 100-butterfly, and Franz was their top swimmer in the 100-freestyle.
  • The Moccasins' 400-medley relay team of Talor Hamilton, Jasso, Campbell and Planinc finished fourth.


  • Palacios won the 100-backstroke against Florida State for the second year in a row.
  • The Moccasins ended up with a total of three NCAA provisional qualifying times in the meet. In addition to Palacios in the 100-back, they had two on Friday night with Franz recording one in the 200-free and Jasso getting one in the 200-breast.
  • Palacios was the Mocs' top swimmer in both backstroke events, Jasso was their top performer in both breaststroke events, and Planinc was their best in the two distance events held (500-free and 1,000-free).


Florida Southern will not compete again until the Tampa Spartan Invitational, December 16-19.