Backstroke and Breaststroke Swimmers Lift Florida Southern to 134-128 Win over Nova Southeastern

Matias Lopez
Matias Lopez

LAKELAND, FL – Florida Southern got backstroke wins from Brandon Dyck and Matias Lopez, breaststroke wins from Sean Kim and Luis Jasso, and additional wins from Lopez and Talor Hamilton as the 19th-ranked Moccasins squeezed out a 134-128 win over 6th-ranked Nova Southeastern on a cold Saturday afternoon at the Hollis Wellness Center.


  • The teams split the two relay events, and also split the 12 individual races Saturday, but the Moccasins pulled out the win by out-scoring the Sharks 31-7 in the backstroke and 28-10 in the breaststroke. Dyck and Lopez went 1-2 in the 100-back before flipping around in the 200 where Lopez picked up his first win of the meet. In the 100-breast, it was Kim and Jasso finishing first and second respectively, before Jasso and Matthew Holmes were 1-2 in the 200.
  • Holmes was part of another 1-2 finish with Lopez in the 200-IM, which was the final individual race in the meet. That gave the Mocs a 13-6 advantage in that event, which essentially secured the win for Florida Southern overall.
  • Dyck and Jasso also helped the Mocs get off to a winning start by swimming the backstroke and breaststroke legs of the victorious 200-medley relay team. With Noah Franz and Nico Campbell completing the race, the Mocs finished just 0.16 seconds ahead of Nova.
  • The first two individual races went to the Sharks as Bernardo Abascal won the 1,000-free and Franco Lupoli won the 200-free. Luka Planinc was second for the Moccasins in the 1,000 with a time of 9:41.18, putting him 6.99 seconds behind Abascal. Holmes was second for FSC in the 200-free, just 0.05 seconds behind Lupoli, and the rest of the field more than 2½ seconds behind them.
  • The Moccasins then took control of the meet in the 100-backstroke where Dyck won in 50.92 seconds, Lopez was second in 52.14, Luka Matacin was fourth and Matthew Curran was fifth.
  • Kim and Jasso followed that with their 1-2 finish in the 100-breast where Kim had a winning time of 57.26 seconds and Jasso came in at 58.89.
  • The Sharks countered with a 1-2 finish from Matteo Masiero and Thomas Rutherford in the 200-butterfly. Freshman Miguel Bernotti, added to the roster earlier in the week, was third as the Moccasins' top swimmer in 1:56.45.
  • Hamilton earned his win in the 50-freestyle with a mark of 21.31 seconds, and the Moccasins also claimed third and fourth with Campbell and Dyck.
  • Campbell moved up one spot in the 100-freestyle where he was runner-up to Nova's Magnus Poulsen by 0.21 seconds. Campbell had a time of 46.53 and was followed in third by Franz in 46.96 seconds.
  • The 200-backstroke saw Lopez, Dyck, Hamilton and Calvin Giang claim the top four positions, and Lopez won that race by 2.22 seconds over Dyck.
  • The Moccasins then had three of the top four swimmers in the 200-breast with Jasso beating out Holmes by roughly half a second, and Kim coming in fourth.
  • Franco Lupoli picked up his second win of the day for Nova Southeastern in the 500-freestyle, and Abascal, who won the 1,000 earlier Saturday, came in second. Planinc was third for Florida Southern in 4:47.65.
  • Poulsen got a second win too by giving the Sharks first place in the 100-butterfly, and Masiero was second for the Sharks before a run of four straight Moccasins started by Franz in 51.51 seconds.
  • With Lopez and Holmes finishing first and second in the 200-IM, the Mocs went into the final event, the 200-freestyle relay, with a 15-point lead, the meet was virtually in-hand. The Sharks closed it out with a 1.17-second margin of victory over the foursome of Campbell, Holmes, Hamilton and Carlos Bernotti.


  • Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern have combined to win all seven conference championships since the SSC adopted the sport in 2011. The 6-point margin was not the closest between them, however, The Sharks pulled out a 105-100 win over the Moccasins in 2012. The Mocs are now 4-3 against the Sharks in dual meets since then.


Florida Southern's next meet is Friday, January 19 when it hosts Saint Leo at 3 p.m. Please note this a schedule change from earlier in the season and it will be the Moccasins' final home meet of the season.