DAVIE – Florida Southern got a runner-up finish from its 200-freestyle relay team to start the meet, then had four of the 16 scoring positions in the 50-freestyle to end day one of the Shark Invitational in sixth place.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Moccasins got off to a strong start Friday night when the team of Noah Franz, Nico Campbell, Brandon Dyck and Talor Hamilton finished second in the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.80. Indianapolis took gold in that event featuring 29 teams in 1:23.16, and the Moccasins were 0.36 seconds ahead of third-place Carson-Newman.
- Later in the night, those same four swimmers also took four of the top 16 spots in a field of 49 competing in the 50-freestyle. Franz was the Moccasin leader in ninth place with a time of 21.49 seconds, and Campbell was three one-hundredths of a second behind him in 10th place. Hamilton was 11th in 21.56 seconds, and Dyck was 16th in 21.86 seconds. No other team in the meet had as many scorers in the 50-free as Florida Southern.
- The Moccasins also put two swimmers in the top-10 of the 200-IM, with Matthew Holmes fifth in 1:54.31, and Matias Lopez ninth in 1:56.58. Luka Matacin was among the top Moccasins in that event too with a 19th-place finish in 1:59.85.
- Luka Planinc was the Mocs' top swimmer in the 500-freestyle, turning in a time of 4:49.02 to place 17th, while Jonathan Sawyer was 22nd and Charles Gotsch was 25th out of 37 competitors.
- The night's final event was the 400-medley relay where Lopez, Luis Jasso, Franz and Campbell took third in 3:25.53. The Mocs' second team of Dyck, Sean Kim, Matacin, and Holmes placed ninth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Indianapolis had the lead after the first day with 219½ points, putting the Greyhounds 28 ahead of second-place Carson-Newman (TN). Wingate (NC) was third with 176 points, and the next three teams were bunched together within 7½ points of each other. Nova Southeastern had 145 points, Indian River State had 140, and Florida Southern had 137½. Keiser was in seventh place with 63½.
- The lead for Indianapolis came after the Greyhounds won four of the five events held Friday night, and were second in the other behind Nova Southeastern swimmer Franco Lupoli in the 500-freestyle.
- Day two of the Shark Invitational will have two sessions on Saturday, the first at 9:30 a.m., and the second at 2 p.m.