ORLANDO, FL – Day two of the Sunshine State Conference Men's Swimming Championships brought more silver for the Moccasins as two different individuals and two relay teams finished as SSC runners-up, and that collection of high places kept Florida Southern in second place in the team standings halfway through the meet.
The standings remained the same at the end of Friday night's five events, with Nova Southeastern totaling 444 points and Florida Southern 393. Florida Tech was third with 338, Tampa was fourth with 282, Saint Leo was fifth with 143, and Rollins was sixth with 103.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern picked up a silver medal in the first race of the night, the 200-freestyle relay. The Moccasins finished second to Florida Tech by 0.78 seconds, with the Panthers winning in 1:19.79. The Mocs' time of 1:20.57 put together by senior Diego Gimenez, senior Marco Palacios, junior Noah Franz and sophomore Nico Campbell was more than one second faster than their previous season best.
- Sophomore Matthew Holmes earned Florida Southern's second silver of the night by finishing second in the 400-IM. Marco Aldabe of Nova Southeastern won the race in 3:52.44, setting a new SSC Championship record. Holmes came in 2.05 seconds behind him, still with an NCAA "B" time of his own. Senior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez was seventh with another NCAA "B" time for the Moccasins.
- Gimenez gave the Mocs a bronze medal in the 100-butterfly where he was third in 48.42 seconds. Senior Evan Coleman was seventh, and both Moccasins had NCAA provision qualifying times. The Mocs also got four swimmers into the consolation finals of the 100-fly, with junior Luis Jasso, sophomore Sean Kim and freshman Talor Hamilton going 2-3-4, though Palacios was DQ'd. Thiago Sickert of Nova Southeastern won the race in 47.65 seconds.
- Silver medal number three came from Campbell in the 200-freestyle where he came in just 0.32 seconds behind Nova's Franco Lupoli in 1:38.23. That was the best time for a Moccasin this year. Franz came in third in 1:38.49 and sophomore Luka Planinc was seventh in 1:39.23. All of those were NCAA provisional qualifying times, as was junior Luka Matacin's time in the consolation final, which he won by 1.70 seconds.
- The Moccasins fourth silver medal of the night came from their 400-medley relay team of Palacios, Jasso, Nunez-Alvarez and Holmes. They posted a time of 3:13.76, nearly three second better than their previous season best and an NCAA provisional time, but Nova Southeastern set a meet record in the event at 3:12.00.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The meet record Aldabe broke for Nova in the 400-IM previously belonged to Matthew Holmes. He had set that record last year, and Aldabe surpassed it by 0.25 seconds this year.
- The SSC Championships continue Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals in five more events at 6 p.m.