Marco Palacios
Marco Palacios
Height: 6-01
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Events: Back
Major: Human Movement & Performance
Gamer: Los Olmos

CollegeSwimming.com Preseason All-American… One of four seniors on this year’s team and one of the Mocs’ five returning All-Americans… Begins his senior year having won a total of three individual awards (all First Team) and eight relay awards (all First Team)… Returning national champion in the 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay, swimming the backstroke leg for each of those teams at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Finals… School record holder in the 100-backstroke and part of four school record relays (the 200-free and 400-free, and both of the medley teams)… Holds the Division II National Finals record in the 100-back at 46.27 seconds, which he set on a relay leg… Has 21 individual wins coming into his senior year and 12 relay wins… Has posted at least one individual win in all 14 regular season meets of his career in addition to winning four individual conference titles (two as a sophomore and two as a junior, all of them in the 100- or 200-backstroke).

As a junior (2015-16)… Won national championships in the 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay, and was national runner-up in the 100-backstroke… All-American in the 100-backstroke (2nd place), 200-backstroke (8th place), 200-freestyle relay (4th place), 400-freestyle relay (4th place), 200-medley relay (1st place), and 400-medley relay (1st place)… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… Team MVP… In addition to his All-American events, also competed in the 100-butterfly at the National Finals… One of eight Moccasins to swim in all nine meets, including the National Finals… One of the Mocs’ normal swimmers in the 100-backstroke, 200-backstroke, 100-butterfly, and the 50-freestyle… Set the school record in the 100-backstroke at the Division II National Finals on the leadoff leg of the 400-medley relay with a time of 46.27 seconds, which helped the Mocs win the national title in that event… Also part of three relay teams that set new school records at the National Finals (400-freestyle, 200-medley and 400-medley)… SSC champion in both backstroke events for the second year in a row… Helped both of the Mocs’ medley relay teams finish as SSC runner-up before they went on to win national championships… Tied for the team lead in individual wins (10) with Jesus Marin and was second with six relay wins… Had five wins in the 100-backstroke and five more in the 200-backstroke… For the second year in a row won at least one race in all seven regular season meets in addition to the conference championships… Ranked #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke, and was #2 in the 50-freestyle and 200-butterfly… Though he was runner-up at the National Finals, his time of 46.27 seconds on a relay leg gave him the top 100-backstroke time in Division II during the 2015-16 season… Ranked #5 nationally in the 200-backstroke.

As a sophomore (2014-15)… All-American in the 200-backstroke (6th place), 200-freestyle relay (6th place), 400-freestyle relay (6th place), 200-medley relay (6th place), and 400-medley relay (5th place)… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… In addition to his All-American events, also competed in the 100-backstroke and 50-freestyle at the National Finals… Helped the Moccasin set the school record in the 200-freestyle relay at the National Finals with a time of 1:19.82… Took part in eight of a possible nine meets… Third in individual scoring at the SSC Championships with 66 points, making him the Moccasins’ top performer in the meet… Led Florida Southern with 11 individual wins and was second with six relay wins… All 11 of his individual wins came in the backstroke, with seven in the 100 and four in the 200… SSC Champion in both the 100 and 200-backstroke… Went undefeated in the 100-backstroke during the regular season before winning the conference title and advancing to the National Finals as the #2 seed in that event… Defeated only twice in the 200-backstroke during the regular season, once in a Division I meet at Florida State, and once by All-American teammate Luis Rojas at the Nova Southeastern Sharks Invitational (still had the top time at Nova in the prelims)… Began his college career by winning both backstroke races in a dual meet at Tampa (Oct. 17)… Swam the backstroke leg for five of Florida Southern’s six winning medley relay teams… One of only two Moccasins who had NCAA automatic qualifying times during the season, with Juan Tolosa the other, and had both of his “A” times in the two backstroke events… Had NCAA provisional times in the 100-butterfly and 50-freestyle… Ranked #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke, and #3 in the 100-butterfly… Was #7 on the national times list in the 100, and #6 in the 200.

As a freshman (2013-14)… Member of the team but did not participate in any meets.

Prior to Florida Southern… 2010 graduate of Los Olmos in Madrid, Spain… Participated in swimming through the Spanish club programs, including Real Canoe Natación Club where he was coached by Jose Ignacio Gonzalez… Personal… Full name is Marco Palacios Martín… Son of Joaquin Palacios and Maria Martin… Has one brother (Raul) and one sister (Maria)… Mentions Real Madrid as his favorite pro sports teams… Born November 3, 1992… Major: Human Movement and Performance.