LAKELAND, FLA. – Seven different swimmers earned individual wins for Florida Southern in its first home meet of the season Friday, and four of them teamed up for another victory in one relay event, as 13th-ranked Florida Southern pulled away for a 148-114 win over Emory, the No. 3 ranked team in NCAA Division III.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern got two wins from Matias Lopez, and one apiece from Nico Campbell, Brandon Dyck, Matthew Holmes, Miguel Bernotti, Cole Smith, and JJ Saslo. Those eight wins gave Florida Southern 72 points, and another 11 came from the winning 400-medley relay team of Dyck, Holmes, Bernotti, and Campbell.
- The Moccasins also got runner-up finishes in four of the seven events they won, with Andrew Brown taking second in the 100-breast behind Holmes, Calvin Giang coming in second to Bernotti in the 200-fly, Dyck doing that in the 100-butterfly behind Saslo, and Holmes giving the Mocs another 1-2 finish in the 200-IM behind Lopez.
- Dyck, Holmes, Bernotti, and Campbell started the meet with a winning time of 3:27.33 in the 400-medley relay to beat out Emory's top team by 1.63 seconds. The Mocs' second team of Lopez, Bryce Johnson, Saslo, and Carlos Bernotti finished ahead of the Eagles' second team for third place by 2.64 seconds.
- Emory nearly evened the score in the 1,000-freestyle where Tom Gordon and Zach Lorson finished 1-2 for the Eagles, but Smith, Daniel Rodriguez, and Ethan Shaw took the next three positions to keep Florida Southern in the lead.
- Four straight Florida Southern wins followed, beginning with Campbell in the 200-freestyle. He touched the wall in 1:43.12 to beat Kellen Stillman of Emory by 1.53 seconds, and Charles Gotsch was third.
- Dyck then picked up his win in the 100-backstroke, with his time of 51.48 seconds nearly two seconds faster than Emory's Colin LaFave.
- Holmes made it three in a row for Florida Southern, combining with Brown for the 1-2 finish in the 100-breast. They were separated by just 0.12 seconds, with Holmes touching in 59.83. The Mocs had three of the top four swimmers too as Johnson place fourth. Brown later had another runner-up for the Moccasins by taking second in the 200-breast where he was just 0.64 seconds behind Ethan Sternberg.
- The winning streak continued with Miguel Bernotti taking the 200-fly in 1:55.49 to finish 1.63 seconds ahead of Giang.
- Trey Kolleck broke things up for Emory by winning back-to-back races sandwiched around the first break. He won the 50-free by 0.69 seconds over Florida Southern's Talor Hamilton, and the 100-free by 0.22 seconds over Campbell. Holmes was third in the 100-free, 0.75 seconds off the pace.
- Lopez notched his first win of the night in the 200-backstroke, clocking in at 1:54.00 to beat Emory's Lawrence Redmond by 2.12 seconds. Lopez later won the final individual event, the 200-IM, in 1:53.36, beating out his teammate Holmes by a little over one second.
- In between those two wins by Lopez, the Moccasins got single wins from two of their freshmen, Smith and Saslo. Smith won the 500-freestyle for the second time this year, swimming the race in 4:43.47 to deny Gordon a sweep for Emory by 0.73 seconds. Saslo then picked up his first win as a Moccasin as part of a 1-2-3 Florida Southern showing in the 100-butterfly. Saslo had a winning time of 51.52 to beat Dyck by 0.32 seconds, and Miguel Bernotti by 1.10.
- Emory won the 200-freestyle relay to finish the night, with the Eagles' time of 1:25.02 putting them 0.35 seconds ahead of Campbell, Saslo, Hamilton, and Dyck.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Friday night was the third time this year the Moccasins won at least eight races in a dual meet. They took all nine at Rollins to open the year, and eight of 12 at Tampa one week later.
- Lopez and Holmes now share the team's individual lead in wins with seven apiece, and Dyck is just one behind them.
Florida Southern takes on 18th-ranked Nova Southeastern Saturday at 1 p.m. in Davie.