With the first semester of the 2017-18 season now complete, the Florida Southern men's swimming team is ranked No. 19 in the December 19 CSCAA national poll, and the women's team is among those receiving votes. The rankings are voted on by a committee of CSCAA member coaches.
The top three teams in the men's poll remained intact from the November 14 rankings, with Queens (NC), Drury (MO) and Indianapolis still occupying those spots. Grand Valley State (MI) and Northern Michigan, which had been sixth and 10th respectively, moved into the top five at No. 4 and No. 5, with California Baptist and Wingate (NC) dropping from those positions down to No. 8 and No. 9.
Also in the top-10 are No. 6 Colorado Mesa, which made the jump all the way from No. 21, No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist, which is up from No. 12, and No. 10 Florida Tech, which climbed six spots.
In addition to 10th-ranked Florida Tech and 19th-ranked Florida Southern, the Sunshine State Conference is represented by Saint Leo at No. 15, and Tampa at No. 25.
The Moccasins recently concluded the first half of the season at the Spartan Invitational where they had NCAA provisional qualifying times in 12 of 14 individual events and three of five relays. Junior Matthew Holmes won both of the individual medley events in the best times posted by any swimmer in the SSC this season, and the Mocs got single wins from freshman Brandon Dyck in the 100-backstroke and junior Nico Campbell in the 100-freestyle. In addition to the four gold medalists, the Mocs got a pair of runner-up finishes from junior Matias Lopez in the 200-IM and 200-back, and a third-place finish from Lopez in the 400-IM. Dyck and Lopez also had conference season-best times in the 100-back and 200-back respectively.
Junior distance swimmer Luka Planinc placed third in both the 1,000 and 1,650-freestyle, and a fifth-place finish in the 500 brought him another NCAA provisional time. Senior Luis Jasso and junior Sean Kim were second and third in the 100-breaststroke, and Jasso took second in the 200 as well. With Campbell picking up additional NCAA "B" times in the 50-free and 200-free, and Noah Franz doing so in the 200-free, it gave Florida Southern provisional times in all but the two butterfly events.
The women's CSCAA national poll is topped by the same two teams as the men's, but in reverse order. Drury (MO) now holds the top position on the women's side, with Queens (NC) second and Cal-San Diego third. Indianapolis and West Chester (PA) complete the top five. The six through ten positions are held by Nova Southeastern, Northern Michigan, Fresno Pacific, and West Florida, with Colorado Mesa and Tampa tying for 10th. Saint Leo is the only other team from the SSC in the new top-25, coming in at No. 25.
The Florida Southern women's team also racked up several NCAA provisional times at the recent Spartan Invitational, landing those in nine individual events and two relays. They missed on the 200-freestyle relay by just one one-hundredth of a second, and the 800-freestyle relay by less than three quarters of a second.
Altogether seven different individuals had NCAA "B" times for the women, and all five had those times in at least two events. Among them were senior Peyton Breault (500-free, 200-free and 200-back), junior Krystal Karas (50-free, 100-free and 200-free), and senior Katja Hajdinjak (50-free and 100-fly, with the 100-free and 200-free coming on relay leadoff legs), who all had three or more. Hajdinjak had the Mocs' best individual finish at the six-team Spartan Invitational by coming in third in the 100-butterfly, while Breault was fourth in the 200-backstroke.
Joining that group were junior Katie Moore in the 500-free and 200-free, junior Haley DeGrace in both breaststroke events, senior Jacinda Whittenburg in the 400-IM, and sophomore Allison Greenwood in the 50-free.
Florida Southern returns to action on Friday, January 12 when it hosts Emory University at 3 p.m. The Eagles are the defending NCAA Division III men's and women's national champions. The Moccasins will then host Nova Southeastern the following day, January 13, at 1 p.m. The Sharks won last year's Sunshine State Conference championship on both the women's and men's side.