CLEARWATER, FLA. – Matthew Holmes broke a trio of records in one race Thursday night by winning the 200-IM for the second year in a row, and Luka Planinc finished as the SSC runner-up in the 1,000-freestyle to help Florida Southern end the first day of the 2019 SSC Men's Swimming Championships in third place.
(Edited to include Cole Smith among point scorers with NCAA provisional times in the 1,000-freestyle.)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Planinc medaled in the 1,000-freestyle for the second year in a row, finishing second to Nova Southeastern's Vincent Lijoi. Planinc had an NCAA "B" time of 9:17.97, putting him 6.38 seconds behind Lijoi. Cole Smith, Charles Gotsch and Daniel Rodriguez also scored and had NCAA "B" times for Florida Southern, finishing back-to-back in 11th and 12th place, a little over one second apart.
- Holmes won his second 200-IM conference title in as many years by edging out Tampa's Luke Hene by 0.42 seconds. His winning time of 1:45.34 broke the championship record he set last year and the overall conference record he set at last year's national finals. It also established a new Florida Southern record. In the process, Holmes and Hene each hit NCAA automatic qualifying times, and now rank second and third respectively on the national times list this season. Florida Southern's Matias Lopez took home the bronze medal in 1:48.63 with an NCAA "B" time, and Dorian Bachlaj scored in the consolation final with a 13th-place finish.
- In the 50-freestyle, the Mocs were led by Talor Hamilton's seventh-place finish in 20.40, while Brandon Dyck won the consolation final in 20.32. Nico Campbell placed 11th overall in 20.43, and all three Moccasins had NCAA "B" times. Tampa's Aaron James won the gold medal in 20.12.
- The Moccasins ended up fourth in the 200-medley relay, with Dyck, Bachlaj, Hamilton, and Campbell posting a time of 1:29.26. That was the Mocs' best time of the season by more than 2½ seconds. Nova Southeastern took gold in 1:27.95, just 0.36 seconds ahead of Tampa.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Nova Southeastern held the lead in the team standings at the end of the night with 188 points, Tampa was second with 172, and Florida Southern was third with 153. Saint Leo (86), Rollins (66), and Florida Tech (58) completed the standings.
Day two of the SSC Championships is Friday at the Long Center with prelims at 10 a.m., and finals at 6 p.m.