Top Spot Belongs to Mocs: Men's Swimming Team Ranked #1 in Division II
The Florida Southern men’s swimming team has already started the season with a 3-0 record in dual meets and a strong performance in the All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville, and the Moccasins are now the #1 team in the country as voted on by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The Moccasins were the NCAA Division II national runner-up in 2013 to Drury (MO), which has won the last nine national championships. In this year’s initial CSCAA rankings, Drury was #5, with Grand Valley State (MI), Queens (NC), and Wingate (NC) completing the top-five in the second through fourth positions.
Florida Southern’s early season schedule already includes three wins over other top-20 teams: #8 Tampa, #14 Saint Leo, and #20 Florida Tech. The Mocs will face all of them again at the Nova Southeastern Invitational in mid-December, as well as 10th-ranked Nova, in addition to a dual meet against the Sharks in Lakeland on January 11.
In their most recent meet against Florida Tech, the Mocs won seven of the nine individual races and both relays.
In their three dual meets so far, the Moccasins have picked up 20 individual wins, led by sophomore Juan Tolosa (Guipuzcoa, Spain), who has six in the freestyle distance events. Junior Luis Rojas (Caracas, Venezuela) has five wins, spanning the backstroke, freestyle and individual medley, while junior Allan Gutierrez (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) has four, picking up two apiece in the butterfly and freestyle events. All three swimmers have already hit NCAA “B” qualifying times in at least one individual event.
The Mocs have been especially strong in the freestyle, where they’ve won 11 of 15 races in dual meet competition behind Tolosa, Rojas, and Gutierrez. In five of those events, the Mocs have taken the top three spots in the race, and in four others Moccasin swimmers have finished 1-2. Senior Robbie Swan (Snellville, Ga.) has given them three runner-up finishes in the 100-freestyle alone, while freshman Franco Lupoli (Weston, Fla.) has done the same in the 500.
Florida Southern’s next meet will be this Friday in Winter Park against Rollins College at 5 p.m. The Moccasins then close out the first semester at the Nova Southeastern Invitational, December 14-17.
For the complete Division II rankings, click here.