DAVIE, FLA. – Senior Marco Palacios won all three of his individual races Saturday, and the Moccasins got a pair of seconds from sophomore Matthew Holmes and junior Luis Jasso, though 2nd-ranked Nova Southeastern defeated No. 9 Florida Southern 150-112.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Palacios gave Florida Southern all three of its wins Saturday by taking the 100-back, 200-back and 100-fly. It was the first time in his career he won three races in a dual meet, though it was the 10th time he posted at least two wins. Palacios defeated fellow All-American Marco Aldabe in each of the backstroke races by 0.48 seconds in the 100, and 0.75 seconds in the 200. He then finished one-tenth of a second ahead of another All-American, Thiago Sickert in the 100-butterfly.
- Holmes was second in the 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle, each time only narrowly behind former Moccasin Franco Lupoli. Holmes was 0.19 seconds off the pace in the 200, and 1.19 seconds behind in the 500. In both races, the Moccasins also had the third- and fourth-place swimmers with sophomore Nico Campbell and junior Noah Franz holding those positions in the 200, and freshman Jonathan Sawyer and sophomore Luka Planinc there in the 500.
- Jasso was second in both breaststroke races, trailing Anton Lobanov, who won NCAA titles in each of those events last year. Lobanov won the 100 by 1.15 seconds and the 200 by 1.52 seconds.
- Senior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez was second in the 200-butterfly and third in both the 200-breast and 200-IM.
- Senior Diego Gimenez was second in the 50-freestyle, while Campbell was second in the 100. Franz was the Moccasins' second finisher in each of those sprints.
- Senior Evan Coleman was third overall and second among Florida Southern swimmers in the two backstroke races. The Moccasins had four of the top five in the 100, which featured Palacios, Coleman, freshman Talor Hamilton and junior Luka Matacin.
- In addition to finishing third in the 500-free, freshman Jonathan Sawyer was the Mocs' top swimmer in the 1,000 where he also placed third.
- Florida Southern's best 400-medley relay team of Gimenez, sophomore Sean Kim, Palacios and Franz was second in that event, and their best 200-freestyle relay team of Campbell, Matacin, Nunez-Alvarez and Holmes was third.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Palacios now has 30 career wins in his three years competing for the Moccasins. Prior to Saturday, all of them had come in either the 100-back or 200-back. He's now won the 100-backstroke in all five of Florida Southern's meets this season.
- Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern finished first and second respectively at last year's Sunshine State Conference Championships, though the Sharks won the head-to-head dual meet in January.
- The recent history in the 400-medley relay between Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern saw the Sharks win Saturday and finish 0.81 seconds ahead of the Mocs at last year's conference championships where they were first and second. However, the Mocs went on to win the national title in the 400-medley relay and the Sharks were third.
- Florida Southern will compete in its final dual meet of the season next Friday (Jan. 20) when it hosts defending junior college national champion Indian River State at 2 p.m.