Men's Swimming Meet Decided by Two Points in Final Event as Nova Southeastern Holds on for 132-130 Win Over Florida Southern

Matt Holmes
Matt Holmes

DAVIE, Fla. – Matias Lopez gave No. 13 Florida Southern wins in the 200-backstroke and 200-IM, and Matthew Holmes had wins in the 200-free and 500-free, but No. 18 Nova Southeastern won the relay points Saturday and used those to hold on for a 132-130 victory over the Moccasins.


  • The first men's race, the 200-medley relay, featured a close finish with Nova Southeastern's A team topping Florida Southern's A team of Brandon Dyck, Dorian Bachlaj, JJ Saslo, and Talor Hamilton by 0.12 seconds. It was almost as tight between the B teams as well, with the Sharks edging out the Moccasins by 0.21 seconds, and the gap between the C teams was 0.26. That gave the Sharks a 13-4 advantage in the scoring, even though the total gap between the top three teams from both sides was barely more than half a second.
  • Nova Southeastern also won the first individual race with Bernardo Abascal turning in a time of 9:37.50 for a 9.17-second victory over Cole Smith. The fight for third had Nova's Samuel Brettmann coming in less than two seconds behind Smith, but a little over one second ahead of Daniel Rodriguez.
  • Holmes got Florida Southern in the win column by slipping past Alec Dawson of Nova Southeastern by 0.14 seconds in the 200-freestyle. Holmes had a winning time of 1:40.73, and Dawson barely finished ahead of the Moccasins' Lopez, who touched in 1:40.89 for third place, just 0.16 seconds behind his teammate. With Nico Campbell coming in fourth, it gave the Mocs 14 of the 19 points in the 200-free.
  • The wins evened up at two apiece when Dyck took gold in the 100-backstroke, swimming that race in 50.85 seconds to defeat Martin Hemminghyth by 1.43 seconds. After Hamilton finished third, the Mocs out-scored the Sharks 12-7 in the 100-back, getting them within two points of the overall lead in the meet.
  • Nova Southeastern got some of its lost lead back by taking the top two spots in the 100-breast, led by Cory Klemm's winning time of 58.23 seconds. Andrew Brown came in third for Florida Southern, touching in 59.24 seconds, and Bachlaj was fifth in 1:00.50.
  • The 200-butterfly was a battle between Nova Southeastern's Matteo Masiero and Florida Southern's Miguel Bernotti, with Masiero coming out ahead by 0.26 seconds. Bernotti's time of 1:52.74, however, was almost four seconds faster than third-place Spencer Hohm. Calvin Giang was fourth in 1:58.16.
  • Nova Southeastern's Jonathon Yanello won the 50-freestyle in 21 seconds flat, but the Moccasins took second, third, and fourth behind Luka Planinc, Hamilton, and Campbell. That trio was only 0.06 seconds apart.
  • After the break, Nova rebounded in the 100-free by taking first, second, and third, led by Magnus Poulsen's winning time of 46.38 seconds. Campbell was fourth for Florida Southern in 47.05, and Carlos Bernotti was fifth in 47.44.
  • The results were nearly reversed in the 200-backstroke where Florida Southern swimmers were first (Lopez), second (Dyck), and fourth (Giang), with Harrison Paul in fifth place for good measure. Lopez had an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:49.96, with Dyck's runner-up finish coming in 1:51.48.
  • The Moccasins further trimmed the deficit when Bachlaj won the 200-breast and Brown came in third. Bachlaj had a winning time of 2:10.14 to beat Rafi Chamasian by 0.37 seconds and Brown by 0.76. Bryce Johnson was fifth, helping the Mocs get within 14 points of the lead with four events remaining.
  • Holmes gave Florida Southern its third straight win by taking the 500-freestyle in 4:39.30. That was 0.73 seconds ahead of Nova's Vincent Lijoi. Smith placed fourth for Florida Southern in 4:46.94, though Brettmann got a point back for the Sharks by touching less than one second ahead of Rodriguez for fifth place.
  • With its overall lead down to 11 points, Nova Southeastern picked up a crucial win in the 100-butterfly where Poulsen in 50.28 seconds won by less than two-tenths of a second over Dyck. The Mocs got a fourth-place finish from Saslo, but the Sharks were able to push their lead back to 18 points in the process.
  • The men's 200-IM was the closest race of the day, and it came down to Lopez and Holmes. Lopez had the lead after each leg, but Holmes was never far behind. Lopez had the better time in 1:51.73, but Holmes was right there too in 1:51.77. With Jacob Cole fourth, the Moccasins out-scored the Sharks 15-4, giving them a chance to win the meet with the right combination in the final event.
  • With the Sharks holding a seven-point lead, the Moccasins needed a first- and third-place showing in the 400-freestyle relay to get the meet victory, but the Sharks were able to hold on by taking second and third. Florida Southern's A team of Planinc, Carlos Bernotti, Campbell, and Holmes had a winning time of 3:04.49 to beat Nova Southeastern's A team by 0.85 seconds, but the Sharks' B team was able to finish third by 1.71 seconds.


  • Dyck has won four consecutive 100-backstroke races, two of them in dual meets and two in multi-team events. The only time in the last six meets he did not win the 100-back was at Division I Florida State where he finished second.
  • Lopez won two events for the second time in less than 24 hours. The sophomore won the same two races (the 200-back and 200-IM) on Friday in a dual meet against Emory. Lopez and Holmes remain tied for the team lead with nine individual wins this season.
  • In helping the 400-freestyle relay A team to win Saturday, Holmes has been part of five winning relays this season, though Campbell leads the team in that category with six.


Florida Southern concludes the regular season at home next Friday, Jan. 18, when it hosts Indian River State at 3:30 p.m.