LAKELAND – Ninth-ranked Florida Southern won eight of the 12 individual events held Saturday afternoon, which included three victories by sophomore Matthew Holmes, and held a 1-point lead going into the final race of the meet before Division III No. 2 Emory won the 200-freestyle relay to pull out a 135-127 win over the Moccasins.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With a total of 14 events being contested, Emory held the lead after every one of the first 12, though Florida Southern chipped away at an early 27-9 deficit by out-scoring the Eagles in seven of those races. That got the Mocs within six points going into the final break.
- In the final individual race, the 200-individual medley, the Moccasins took three of the five point positions behind Holmes, senior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez and junior Luis Jasso. Led by Holmes' win, the Moccasins took their first lead of the meet at 123-122 with only the 200-freestyle relay remaining to be held.
- In what proved to be the deciding race, the Eagles 2016 National Championship team of Trey Kolleck, Ollie Smith, Alex Hardwick and Hayes Burdette-Sapp beat out the Mocs' foursome of sophomore Nico Campbell, junior Noah Franz, senior Marco Palacios and Holmes by 0.66 seconds to secure the overall win.
- Florida Southern received its individual wins from Holmes, Palacios, Nunez-Alvarez, Franz and senior Diego Gimenez. Holmes won all three of his individual races and Palacios posted two wins.
- Holmes had his victories in the 200-freestyle, the 500-freestyle and 200-IM. That made him the first Moccasin to win three races in a single meet this season.
- Palacios captured the 100- and 200-backstroke in the same meet for the second time this season and remained undefeated (4-0) in the 100 this season.
- Nunez-Alvarez won the 200-butterfly, Franz won the 100-freestyle, and Gimenez won the 100-butterfly.
- Sophomore Sean Kim and Jasso were again the Mocs' top breaststroke swimmers, with Kim finishing second in the 100 and Jasso finishing second in the 200. The Mocs also got a second-place finish from Franz in the 50-free.
- Sophomore Luka Planinc had the Mocs' best performance in the 1,000-freestyle, taking third.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Weather played a role throughout the meet, with rain falling through much of the early afternoon and temperatures dropping into the mid-50's by the final events.
- Florida Southern out-scored Emory 117-111 in the 12 individual races, but Emory had a 24-10 advantage by winning the two relays (the 200-medley and 200-freestyle).
Florida Southern will be on the road next Saturday, January 14, to face second-ranked Nova Southeastern at 2 p.m.