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2016-17 Florida Southern Men's Swimming News

  • Florida Southern Finishes 16th in Learfield Directors' Cup
    June 08, 2017
    CLEVELAND, OH - Florida Southern College athletics continued its long tradition of success with a 16th place finish in the final standings of the 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup, which ranks all athletic programs at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels based on their success in athletic competition.
  • Gimenez Voted First Team Academic All-American for the Second Time in His Career
    June 07, 2017
    Florida Southern men’s swimmer Diego Gimenez has been selected as a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the second year in a row he has earned that honor. Gimenez is a member of the Men's At-Large Team, which covers the sports of swimming, tennis, golf, lacrosse, ice hockey, skiing, wrestling, gymnastics, rifle, water polo, fencing, and volleyball. He is one of two Florida Southern student-athletes on that team this year, joining junior golfer John Coultas who was also a First Team selection.
  • Gimenez Named to Academic All-District Team for Second Year in a Row
    May 11, 2017
    For the second year in a row, Florida Southern swimmer Diego Gimenez has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team for his accomplishments both as an athlete and student. The men’s at-large team is comprised of student-athletes in the sports of swimming, tennis, golf, lacrosse, ice hockey, skiing, wrestling, gymnastics, rifle, water polo, fencing, and volleyball. Gimenez was one of two Moccasins on the men’s at-large team, with junior golfer John Coultas the other. Coultas is also an Academic All-District selection for the second year in a row.
  • Florida Southern Athletics Fan Survey
    April 18, 2017
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  • Moccasins Honor Student-Athletes at Annual Banquet
    April 18, 2017
    LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College recognized its student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department staff at its annual Athletic Academic Awards Banquet on Tuesday night. More than 500 student-athletes, coaches, staff, and invited guests attended the event at Jenkins Field House.
  • GAMEDAY CENTRAL: New and Improved
    March 24, 2017
    Live Video, Live Stats and eScores
  • Blum Selected as SSC Men's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year
    March 23, 2017
    MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern’s Mike Blum has been selected as the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Coach-of-the-Year in a vote of the league’s coaches following the NCAA National Championships. It’s the second year in a row Blum has won the award and the sixth year in a row it’s gone to Florida Southern. Blum shares the 2017 award with Florida Tech’s Justin Andrade.
  • Men’s Swimming Team Moves Up to Fourth at NCAA Division II National Finals for Sixth Straight Top-5 Finish
    March 11, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, AL – With a chance to finish in the top-five at the NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships for the sixth year in a row, senior backstroke swimmers Marco Palacios and Evan Coleman made sure the Moccasins would indeed do it again. Palacios won the silver medal in the 200-back and got scoring help from Coleman in the consolation finals, and a bronze medal from the 400-freestyle relay team that also included Palacios moved the Moccasins into fourth place at the end of the night. Florida Southern is the only team to finish in the top-five at the Division II Finals each of the last six years.
  • Palacios Adds to Medal Count in 100-Back and Nunez-Alvarez is All-American Again as Moccasin Men’s Swimming Team Remains Fifth at Division II National Finals
    March 10, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, AL – A third-place finish by senior Marco Palacios in the 100-backstroke gave Florida Southern another medal to add to its count, senior Antonio Nunez-Alvarez reached the championship finals of another of his individual events, and seven other Moccasins claimed either All-American or honorable mention All-American awards on the third day of the NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Those totals helped the Moccasins remain in fifth place overall,and well within striking distance of third, with one day and five events remaining.
  • 200-Freestyle Relay Team Gives Florida Southern First Medal of 2017 Men’s National Finals as Mocs Remain Fifth
    March 09, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, AL – Florida Southern began the second day of the NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in fifth place but still looking for its first medal of the meet. It didn’t take long on Thursday night to fix that. While setting a school record in the process, the Moccasins’ 200-freestyle relay team finished third for a bronze medal, and by the end of the night another record had been broken by sophomore Matthew Holmes in the 400-IM as Florida Southern remained fifth overall.
  • Moccasins End Day One of Men’s National Finals in Fifth Place After Final Push by 200-Medley Relay Team
    March 08, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, AL – Two national finalists in the 200-individual medley put Florida Southern on the board Wednesday night, and a sixth-place finish by its 200-medley relay team pushed the Moccasins into fifth place in the overall team standings on day one of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships.
  • NCAA Division II Men's Swimming Championships Begin Wednesday
    March 07, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, AL – The 2017 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships begin Wednesday morning in Birmingham, Alabama at the Crossplex and 10 qualifiers from the Florida Southern men’s team will be there seeking to add to the program’s list of national titles. This is the second time the city of Birmingham has hosted the Division II National Finals, and the last time they were here in 2013, the Moccasins posted the first of their back-to-back national runner-up finishes.
  • Florida Southern Lands Eight on All-SSC Men's Swimming Team
    March 02, 2017
    MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern had a league-high eight swimmers named to the 2017 All-Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Team that was voted on by the league coaches. Two of those, sophomores Matthew Holmes and Luka Planinc, were First Team selections, while seniors Diego Gimenez, Antonio Nunez-Alvarez and Marco Palacios, and juniors Noah Franz and Luis Jasso were on the Second Team. Junior Luka Matacin was an honorable mention selection.
  • 10 Men's Swimmers Selected for NCAA Division II National Finals
    February 22, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS - A total of 10 Florida Southern men’s swimmers have been selected for the NCAA Division II National Finals, headlined by automatic qualifiers Marco Palacios and Luis Jasso who each hold top-five national times in at least one event. The National Finals are being held this year in Birmingham, Alabama, March 8-11 at the CrossPlex as part of the Division II Winter Sports Festival.
  • Triple-Double for Palacios: Senior Finishes off Backstroke Sweep for Third Straight Year to Lead Mocs to Runner-up Finish at SSC Men’s Swimming Championships
    February 19, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL – Senior Marco Palacios finished off another gold medal backstroke sweep Sunday and junior Luis Jasso pushed one of the school’s breaststroke records to a higher level on the final day of the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championships. That allowed Florida Southern to secure second place in the team standings behind Nova Southeastern.
  • Palacios Wins Third Straight Gold Medal in 100-Back While Planinc Picks up Two Silvers as Mocs Still Second to Nova at SSC Men’s Swimming Championships
    February 18, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL – Day three of the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championships proved to be the best so far for Florida Southern as senior Marco Palacios won his third consecutive gold medal in the 100-backstroke, and sophomore Luka Planinc won an individual silver and a relay silver to keep the Moccasins within 55 points of Nova Southeastern.
  • Four Silver Medals Keep Florida Southern Second on Day Two of SSC Men’s Swimming Championships
    February 17, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL – Day two of the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championships brought more silver for the Moccasins as two different individuals and two relay teams finished as SSC runners-up, and that collection of high places kept Florida Southern in second place in the team standings halfway through the meet.
  • Moccasins Claim Two Silvers and One Bronze on First Day of SSC Men’s Swimming Championships to Sit Second Overall
    February 16, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL – With silver medals from one individual and one relay team, and five of the top 10 swimmers in the 200-individual medley, Florida Southern ended the first day of the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships in second place, trailing only Nova Southeastern.
  • SSC Men's Swimming Championships Begin Thursday in Orlando
    February 13, 2017
    The 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships begin Thursday at the Orlando YMCA, and the Florida Southern Moccasins go into the meet as the 4-time defending league champions. They’ll face plenty of competition too as the 7th-ranked Moccasins are one of five SSC teams ranked in the top-20 of the final regular season CSCAA national poll.
  • FSC Student-Athletes Partner with Soles 4 Souls
    February 03, 2017
    LAKELAND, FL - Attention anyone with a closet! Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.
  • Final Regular Season CSCAA National Men's Swimming Poll Has Moccasins Ranked 7th
    February 01, 2017
    Florida Southern has moved up two spots in the final NCAA Division II regular season poll conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and will go into the postseason ranked No. 7 in the country. The Moccasins have been ranked in the top-10 in all four CSCAA polls this season.
  • Swimming Teams Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award
    January 26, 2017
    The Florida Southern swimming teams have been honored by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America for their academic performance during the fall semester. Both the men and women finished the first semester this season with grade point averages over 3.00 and were ranked among the top-25 teams in Division II for team GPA, earning them the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award.
  • Back-and-Forth Meet Decided by Final Race as Indian River State Edges No. 9 Florida Southern 106-99
    January 20, 2017
    LAKELAND, FLA. – With the two teams never separated by more than eight points, and having split each of the first 10 races held on Friday, Indian River State was able to pull out a 106-99 meet victory over 9th-ranked Florida Southern by winning the 400-freestyle relay finale. It was the final regular season meet of the year for the Moccasins.
  • Get to Know the Mocs: Episode 5
    January 19, 2017
    Diego Gimenez • Men's Swimming
  • Palacios Goes 3-for-3 at Nova Southeastern; Sharks Win the Meet However, 150-112
    January 14, 2017
    DAVIE, FLA. – Senior Marco Palacios won all three of his individual races Saturday, and the Moccasins got a pair of seconds from sophomore Matthew Holmes and junior Luis Jasso, though 2nd-ranked Nova Southeastern defeated No. 9 Florida Southern 150-112.
  • Holmes Wins SSC Men's Swimmer-of-the-Week Award
    January 09, 2017
    Florida Southern’s Matthew Holmes has been selected as the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Week for January 9 following his performance in the Moccasins’ dual meet against Emory University on January 7. The sophomore from Rockledge, Florida won all three of his individual races to become the first Moccasin this year to go 3-for-3 in a meet.
  • Men’s Swimming Meet Decided by Final Event as Emory Pulls Out 8-Point Win Over Florida Southern
    January 07, 2017
    LAKELAND – Ninth-ranked Florida Southern won eight of the 12 individual events held Saturday afternoon, which included three victories by sophomore Matthew Holmes, and held a 1-point lead going into the final race of the meet before Division III No. 2 Emory won the 200-freestyle relay to pull out a 135-127 win over the Moccasins.
  • Men's Swimming Team Remains No. 9 in Third CSCAA Poll of the Season
    December 22, 2016
    With Christmas break now underway for the Florida Southern swimming teams, the Moccasin men remained No. 9 in the latest Division II national poll released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The top-10 teams remained largely intact from the November 16 poll, with only one team dropping below that level. Florida Southern was among five teams to hold the same position in the December 21 poll that it held in November.
  • Spartan Invitational Concludes With Second-Place Finishes by Franz and Jasso
    December 19, 2016
    CLEARWATER, FLA. – Juniors Noah Franz and Luis Jasso had runner-up finishes in the final two individual races, and the Moccasins added third-place finishes in three other events on the final day of the 2016 Spartan Invitational.
  • Palacios and Gimenez Go 1-2 in 100-Backstroke While Holmes Sets School Record in 400-IM on Day Three of Spartan Invitational
    December 18, 2016
    CLEARWATER, FLA. – Seniors Marco Palacios and Diego Gimenez finished first and second in the 100-backstroke after a runner-up finish in the 400-individual medley resulted in a school record for sophomore Matthew Holmes. In between, the Moccasins also had four other swimmers reach NCAA provisional qualifying times on day three of the Spartan Invitational, with Florida Southern remaining in fourth place.
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