MELBOURNE – Matias Lopez had a pair of third-place finishes, Matthew Holmes had one third and one fourth, while Luis Jasso and Sean Kim finished second and fourth in the 200-breaststroke to highlight the first day of the DII Fall Showcase hosted by Florida Tech.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern's top 200-medley relay team of Brandon Dyck, Luis Jasso, Noah Franz and Talor Hamilton finished fourth in the first race of the meet, turning in a time of 1:33.56, just 0.17 seconds behind third-place Nova Southeastern. Drury won the race in 1:30.63.
- The Moccasins got a third-place finish from Lopez in the 400-IM, posting a time of 4:05.90 as their only swimmer in that event. He missed second place by 0.56 seconds, but still 3.12 seconds ahead of fourth. The winner of the 400-IM was Young Tae Seo from Drury (MO) in 4:01.12.
- Another third-place finish followed that when Holmes took bronze in the 200-freestyle in 1:41.56. Right behind him was Franz in 1:41.91. Luka Planinc and Charles Gotsch also scored points for the Moccasins. Winning the 200-free was Joan Casanovas in 1:40.41.
- In the 50-freestyle, Hamilton and Dyck finished ninth and 10th as the Moccasins' best swimmers in 22.04 and 22.11 seconds respectively. Franz also scored in the 50-free, a race won by Victor Rocha Furtado of Florida Tech in 20.45 seconds.
- Calvin Giang was Florida Southern's best swimmer in the 200-butterfly with a time of 2:01.88, which put him in ninth place as the Mocs' only scorer in that event. Magnus Poulsen was the winner from Nova Southeastern in 1:50.07.
- Following his third-place finish in the 400-IM, Lopez had another third-place showing in the 200-backstroke. He had a time of 1:54.47, putting him 1.97 seconds behind the winner, Pavel Semochkin from Drury. Florida Southern also had the fourth and seventh-place finishers in Dyck and Luka Matacin, with that trio combining for 43 points. Matthew Curran placed 11th, giving the Mocs an additional six points toward their score, and a total of 49 in the 200-backstroke.
- Holmes placed fourth in the 500-freestyle, swimming it in 4:42.33. Planinc was sixth, coming in 4.66 seconds behind Holmes, and more points came from Gotsch and Jonathan Sawyer, giving Florida Southern 37 in the 500-free. The winner was Joan Casanovas in 4:31.07.
- In the final individual event of the night, Jasso had the Moccasins best finish on day one, winning silver in the 200-breaststroke. His time of 2:03.38 made it the most tightly contested race too, with Jesus Flores of Drury touching the wall a scant 0.05 seconds ahead of Jasso. The gap between Jasso and third-place was 3.37 seconds. Sean Kim finished fourth in 2:07.55, with the two Moccasin breaststroke swimmers giving them 32 points by themselves.
- Day one ended with the 400-freestyle relay where Florida Southern's top team of Franz, Dyck, Matacin and Holmes finished fourth in 3:06.21. Florida Tech had a winning time of 3:03.10.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Drury held the lead in the overall team standings with 456 points, and Nova Southeastern was second with 407½. Florida Tech was third with 329½, and Florida Southern was fourth with 305.
Day two of the DII Fall Showcase begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.