MELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida Southern got wins from Matias Lopez, Nico Campbell, and Brandon Dyck, and a combined win from four other swimmers in the 800-freestyle relay to widen its lead in the overall standings on day two of the Panther Invitational.
The Moccasins will go into the final day of the meet with 302 points and a 45-point lead over host Florida Tech. Rollins is third with 75 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Tech won Saturday night's opening 200-medley relay by 2.31 seconds, but the Moccasins maintained their overall lead in the meet by taking second and third. Their A team of Dyck, Dorian Bachlaj, Campbell, and Talor Hamilton put together a season-best time of 1:31.85, and they were followed by the C squad of Calvin Giang, Bryce Johnson, Miguel Bernotti, and Ethan Oliva. That combination gave the Moccasins 30 points in the event, matching the Panthers' total, and keeping the gap at seven points.
- Lopez made it 2-for-2 in the individual medley by winning the 400 one night after he took gold in the 200. His time of 3:58.67 was an NCAA provisional qualifying time and gave him a 7.31-second win over Alex Norcini of Rollins. Jacob Cole came in third for the Moccasins in a season-best 4:10.29, and the Mocs also took fifth, seventh, and eighth behind Theo Peristeridis, Pedro Bernotti, and Andrew Brown. That allowed them to expand their lead over the Panthers from seven points to 24.
- Florida Tech's Victor Rocha Furtado won the 100-butterfly in 47.25 seconds before Florida Southern swimmers finished fourth through sixth. That group was led by Dyck, who was swimming the 100-fly for the first time this year, in 50.03 seconds. He had earlier given the Mocs their best time of the season with a time of 49.90 seconds in the prelims. Coming in right behind him during Saturday night's finals were Miguel Bernotti and JJ Saslo. Peristeridis was in the championship finals as well, and the Mocs had four others in the consolation finals, led by Giang, who won that race in 51.22 seconds. Hamilton was right behind him, with Jacob Tuckerman and Johnson in that event too.
- The 200-freestyle was the Mocs' best event of the night, with Campbell winning, Luka Planinc finishing second, Charles Gotsch fourth, Carlos Bernotti fifth, and Levi Parsons seventh. Campbell's time of 1:39.04 was an NCAA "B" time, and Planinc missed by only half a second. The Mocs also did well in the consolation finals where they had six of the nine qualifiers for that race.
- Bachlaj gave Florida Southern a runner-up finish in the 100-breast in 56.24 seconds, and Brown was fourth. Florida Tech's Dain Rust was the winner in 54.98 seconds. The Mocs also had the top four swimmers in the consolation finals with Pedro Bernotti, Johnson, Saslo, and Cole.
- The Moccasins' third win of the night came from Dyck in the 100-backstroke, and his time of 49.34 seconds was five one-hundredths of a second away from a "B" standard. He finished 0.59 seconds ahead of Florida Tech's Emanuele Rossi, who was the only non-Florida Southern swimmer among the top seven. That list of Moccasins included Lopez, Hamilton, Giang, Harrison Paul, and Tuckerman who all finished within 2.31 seconds of each other.
- After three individual wins, Florida Southern picked up a relay win by capturing the 800-freestyle relay my nearly 10 seconds over Florida Tech. That team was manned by Gotsch, Campbell, Carlos Bernotti, and Planinc.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Florida Tech had won the first three relay races of the meet before the Mocs took the 800-free at the end of the night. Both B teams for the Panthers and Moccasins were disqualified in that event.
Florida Southern wraps up the Panther Invitational on Sunday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 4:30 p.m.