The College Swimming Coaches Association of America has released its mid-November national rankings and even with a shake-up in the poll, the Florida Southern men's team remains in the top-10. The Moccasins head into their final two meets of the semester ranked No. 10, and are one of five Sunshine State Conference teams in the poll.
Seven of the preseason top-10 teams are still in the top-10, but only one of them is in the position they previously held. Defending national champion Queens (NC), which dropped from No. 1 to No. 4, has been replaced at the top of the poll by Indianapolis, which had been No. 2 in the preseason. Cal-San Diego moved up four spots and is the new No. 2 team in country, while Drury (MO) remained No. 3. Queens (NC) is No. 4, and Lindenwood (MO) is up three spots to No. 5.
The largest jump for any team came from McKendree (IL), which climbed all the way from 19th to No. 6. Grand Valley State (MI) is up two spots to No. 7, Saint Leo is up six spots to No. 8, and Missouri S&T has moved from No. 15 to No. 9.
In addition to No. 10 Florida Southern, the SSC is also represented by No. 12 Tampa, No. 16 Nova Southeastern, and No. 20 Florida Tech.
Florida Southern has been led in the early going by senior Matthew Holmes, who has already garnered two SSC Swimmer-of-the-Week awards and picked up six individual wins. Those wins have come in four different events, and he's the only Moccasin with at least one in all four meets to date.
Senior Nico Campbell, sophomore Brandon Dyck and freshman Dorian Bachlaj have all notched three individual wins this season, and sophomore Matias Lopez has two. Holmes, Campbell, and Dyck have also been members of three of the Mocs' four winning relay teams so far.
Holmes, Dyck, Campbell, and Talor Hamilton have been the Mocs' top sprinters this season, while Luka Planinc and Ethan Shaw have posted their best times in the 500 and 1,000. (The 1650 has not been held in any of the first four meets.) Dyck and Lopez are the Mocs' top swimmers in the backstroke events, while Holmes, Bachlaj, and Andrew Brown hold those positions in the breaststroke.
Top times in the two butterfly events are held by Campbell and Miguel Bernotti, with Lopez and Holmes alternating in the number one and number two positions in the 200 and 400-IM.
The Moccasins also have three swimmers in the top-10 on the national times list in various events, with Holmes, Dyck, and Lopez all on at least two of them. Holmes is fourth in the 400-IM, eighth in the 200-IM, and seventh in the 200-free. Lopez is fifth in the 400-IM, sixth in the 200-IM, and eighth in the 200-back, while Dyck is No. 6 in both backstroke events. Meanwhile, Miguel Bernotti is just outside the top-10 in the 200-fly, sitting at No. 12.
The Florida Southern women's swimming team is not ranked in the November 14 poll, but the Moccasins have been led by senior Katie Moore, who has four individual wins in either the 500- or 1000-freestyle. Senior Krystal Karas has wins in the 50-free and 200-free, and senior Haley DeGrace has a pair of wins in the 200-breast. Kyra Fraser, Malin Wallen, and Rebeka Dics also have individual wins for the women's team this year.
Moore and Karas have posted Florida Southern's top times in the freestyle races, while DeGrace remains their top swimmer in the breaststroke events. Wallen has emerged as the leader in the individual medley so far, as well as the 100-fly, and Dics has posted their top time in the 200-fly. Top times in the backstroke belong to Maria Di Bella in the 100, and Fraser in the 200, with Fraser pushing Di Bella in the shorter distance.