No. 14 Saint Leo Prevails Over No. 7 Florida Southern as Men’s Swimming Team Goes 1-1 on Opening Weekend

Matthew Holmes
Matthew Holmes

SAINT LEO, FLA. – Saint Leo jumped out to an early lead by winning the first two events before Matthew Holmes gave Florida Southern a win in the 200-free, and the 14th-ranked Lions went on to out-score the 7th-ranked Moccasins 163½-98½ on Saturday.


  • The Moccasins (1-1) got their only individual win Saturday from Holmes, who won the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:40.98 to beat Saint Leo's Michael Southward by 1:40.98. The senior All-American was also second in the 200-breast and third in the 200-IM.
  • The Lions (2-0) took control early by winning the 200-medley relay and taking first and second in the 1000-freestyle where the Mocs' best swimmer was Daniel Rodriguez.
  • After Holmes won the 200-free, the Lions won the 100-back and 100-breast, but the Mocs still had the second and third-place swimmers in those events. It was Brandon Dyck and Matias Lopez in the backstroke, and Andrew Brown and Dorian Bachlaj in the breaststroke. The 100-back was decided by six one-hundredths of a second, with Hampus Lovinge just edging out Dyck in that race.
  • The top three finishers in the 200-fly were separated by 1.39 seconds, with Filip Bjorkholm winning, and Florida Southern's Miguel Bernotti taking third. The meet reached the halfway point with Christian Cioffi slipping in ahead of Nico Campbell in the 50-free by 0.17 seconds.
  • Campbell was also the Mocs' top swimmer in the 100-free where he finished third. He later picked up his second runner-up finish of the meet in the in the 100-butterfly, the closest race of the day where Campbell was just 0.01 seconds behind Matthew Daniel.
  • Florida Southern also got two additional runner-up finishes from Lopez in the 200-back and 200-IM. He was second to Lovinge in both of those races, 1.28 seconds behind him in the 200-back, and 1.61 behind him in the 200-IM.
  • Dyck and Talor Hamilton were part of both runner-up relay teams in the 200-medley and 400-free. The 200-medley team of Dyck, Andrew Brown, Campbell, and Hamilton were less than seven-tenths of a second off the pace.


  • Florida Southern will be on the road again next Friday, October 26, with a 6 5 p.m. dual meet at No. 18 Tampa.