GREENSBORO, NC – Wednesday marks the start of the 2018 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships, and the Florida Southern men’s team is putting its streak of six consecutive top-five finishes on the line under third-year head coach Mike Blum. The Moccasins have a well-balanced group of 10 swimmers that include six veterans of previous national meets and four first-time selections. Altogether, they will be eligible to compete in all 14 individual events and all five relays, and Florida Southern is one of only four schools with 10 or more swimmers selected.
The 2018 All-Sunshine State Conference men’s swimming team has been announced and the Florida Southern Moccasins earned a league-high seven selections with four on the first team, two on the second, and one honorable mention. It’s the second year in a row Florida Southern has had the most All-SSC men’s swimmers after eight made the team last season.
INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, Florida Southern had 10 men’s swimmers selected for the NCAA Division II National Finals, which is being held this year in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, March 14-17. Along with head coach Mike Blum, the Moccasins will be represented by seniors Noah Franz, Luis Jasso, and Luka Matacin; juniors Nico Campbell, Matthew Holmes, and Luka Planinc; sophomore Talor Hamilton; and freshmen Miguel Bernotti, Brandon Dyck, and Matias Lopez.
Two More Gold Medals for the Mocs and One Swimmer-of-the-Meet Trophy for Holmes; Florida Southern Finishes SSC Men’s Swimming Championships as Runner-Up
CLEARWATER, FL – The final day of the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championships saw Florida Southern win two more gold medals and junior Matthew Holmes awarded the trophy as the swimmer-of-the-meet. Claiming those individual wins Sunday night were Matias Lopez in the 200-backstroke and Luis Jasso in the 200-breaststroke, while Holmes’ performance throughout the meet helped the Moccasins finish as runner-up to Nova Southeastern.
Banner Day for the Mocs at SSC Men’s Swimming Championships: Three Gold Medals, Three Silvers and a Bronze Have Mocs Moving Closer to Nova
CLEARWATER, FL – With one day remaining at the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championships, Florida Southern remained second in the overall standings but closed the gap behind Nova Southeastern with a heavy haul of medals. Brandon Dyck claimed the gold in the 100-backstroke, Luis Jasso did the same in the 100-breast, and the 800-freestyle relay team closed out the night with another one. Add to that silver medals from Matthew Holmes in the 500-free, Sean Kim in the 100-breast, and Miguel Bernotti in the 200-fly; and a bronze from Luka Matacin in the 100-back, and the Moccasins are still in the hunt.
Holmes and Campbell Claim Individual Titles and Another Relay Team Wins Gold Too on Day Two of SSC Men’s Swimming Championships
CLEARWATER, FL – For the second night in a row, junior Matthew Holmes won a gold medal, set a school record, a meet record, and a conference record, but he didn’t stop there. After doing all of that in the 400-IM, later anchored the Moccasins’ winning 400-medley relay team, which gave Florida Southern a third gold medal on the night following a win by Nico Campbell in the 200-freestyle.
Holmes Puts Name in Three Different Record Books Before 200-Medley Relay Team Wins on Day One of SSC Men’s Swimming Championships
CLEARWATER, FL – Junior Matthew Holmes made it a clean sweep in the record book Thursday night with meet, conference and school records in the 200-individual medley. The Moccasins’ 200-medley relay team then added another gold medal by the end of the night as Florida Southern closed out the first day of the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championships just 12 points behind Nova Southeastern.
The 2018 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships get underway this Thursday in Clearwater at the Long Center where the Florida Southern men’s team will be one of six schools competing for the title. Nova Southeastern ended Florida Southern’s four-year reign as league champions last year, with the Mocs finishing second.
FORT PIERCE, FL – Matthew Holmes won a pair of races and was part of three straight individual wins that gave Florida Southern the lead with one race remaining. Indian River State, however, won that race, the 200-freestyle relay, giving the River just enough points to slip past the Moccasins 103-102.
LAKELAND, FL – Victories by Noah Franz in the 50-free and 100-free in the middle of the meet were part of eight straight wins by the Moccasins, and two later wins by Matias Lopez salted it away as 13th-ranked Florida Southern defeated 10th-ranked Saint Leo 168-96 in the final home meet of the season.