TALLAHASSEE – Breaststroke swimmers Matthew Holmes and Dorian Bachlaj gave Florida Southern two of its three individual wins, and Matias Lopez provided the other in the 200-backstroke to lead the Moccasins in their dual meet at Florida State. The Seminoles won 172-90.
Holmes won the 100-breast for the Moccasins' first win Saturday, and Bachlaj later took the 200, with Andrew Brown finishing third in one race and second in the other. In between the Mocs also got the win from Lopez in the 200-back, an event where Brandon Dyck placed third after his runner-up finish in the 100-back.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Moccasins opened the meet with a runner-up finish in the 200-medley relay where the quartet of Dyck, Brown, Nico Campbell and Talor Hamilton posted a time of 1:34.12, falling just short (0.19 seconds) of their season-best time from Saint Leo.
- Florida State's Riley Dafoe won the 1,000-free in 9:46.15, but the next three swimmers were all less than three seconds behind him. Two of those were Moccasins, with Ethan Shaw placing third in 9:48.20, and Daniel Rodriguez fourth in 9:49.02. Both of those were the best times this season for Florida Southern.
- Florida State took the top three positions in the 200-free, followed by Campbell, Charles Gotsch, and Luka Planinc. Similar to their swimmers in the 1,000-free, the Mocs got season-best times from all three of their top performers in the 200.
- Dyck gave the Moccasins their first individual runner-up of the meet by taking second in the 100-backstroke in 51.49 seconds, and Lopez was 0.16 seconds behind him for his best time of the season.
- The Mocs did even better in the next event, not only getting a win from Holmes in the 100-breast, but taking three of the top four positions. Holmes' winning time of 58.01 seconds in his first 100-breaststroke race of the season put him 0.54 seconds ahead of Florida State's Jackson Seith. Brown was third for Florida Southern and Bachlaj was fourth, and the second through fourth-place swimmers were separated by less than two-tenths of a second.
- The Seminoles got back in the win column in the 200-fly behind Kanoa Kalealoha and also had the runner-up swimmer in that event before Miguel Bernotti was third in 1:54.35.
- Florida State swimmers finished 1-2-3 in the 50-freestyle where Hamilton was the Mocs' best swimmer in fourth with a season-best time of 21.36 seconds.
- Holmes prevented the Seminoles from another 1-2-3 finish in the 100-free by taking third place in 46.34 seconds, the best turned in by a Moccasin this season.
- The Moccasins got their second win of the meet in the 200-back, and almost duplicated their performance from the 100-breast where they had three of the top four. In the 200-back, they had three of the top five, led by Lopez and his winning time of 1:51.90, almost three seconds ahead of Florida State's Nate Stadler. Dyck was third and Jacob Tuckerman was fifth.
- Florida Southern made it back-to-back wins when Bachlaj captured the 200-breast in 2:06.58, with Brown coming in second in 2:10.89. Those were season-best times for both swimmers.
- Florida State's Jackson Lucas won the 500-free, but Planinc and Cole Smith were second and third for Florida Southern with new season-best times. Planinc was a little bit less than four seconds behind Lucas.
- Campbell and Bernotti had season-best times in the 100-fly where they were third and fifth respectively behind a pair of Seminoles led by Max McCusker.
- The Moccasins got a runner-up finish from Holmes in the 400-IM, the first time they've competed in that event this season, as he touched 1.45 seconds behind Florida State's Ryan Telford, and just two-tenths of a second ahead of Lopez who was third.
- The Moccasins ended the meet with a third-place finish from the A 200-freestyle relay team of Hamilton, Carlos Bernotti, Planinc, and Holmes in 1:25.69.
- Florida Southern will compete in the Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech, November 16-18.