LAKELAND, FL – Luka Planinc picked up wins in the 500 and 1,000 Friday afternoon, and six other Moccasin swimmers notched one win apiece as Florida Southern opened the spring portion of its schedule with a 131-74 victory over Emory, the defending NCAA Division III national champions.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Planinc's first win came in the first individual race of the meet for the men, as his time of 9:48.33 in the 1,000-free put him a little more than six seconds ahead of Tom Gordon from Emory. The Mocs took three of the five point positions with Jonathan Sawyer fourth and Charles Gotsch fifth. The junior from Croatia later made it 2-for-2 by winning the 500-free in 4:45.42 for a 3.45-second margin of victory over Emory's Kellen Stillman. Gotsch took third in that race.
- Following Planinc's win in the 1,000 the Moccasins got another win from Noah Franz in the 200-free. That came in 1:42.39, just over two seconds ahead of newcomer Carlos Bernotti, and nearly four seconds ahead of Emory's best swimmer in that event.
- Florida Southern's next win came from Matthew Holmes in the 200-IM, but it could have just as easily been Matias Lopez. The two Moccasins were separated by just 0.38 seconds at the top of that race, and Lopez out-paced Emory's top performer by more than six seconds.
- The Moccasins claimed the top position in the 200-butterfly where another newcomer, Miguel Bernotti, took first place in 1:52.50. That was the Mocs' best time of the season in that event and it gave him a winning margin of 3.8 seconds over Emory's Evan Brock, with Calvin Giang then third for Florida Southern.
- Nico Campbell added his name to the winner's list by beating out Franz in the 100-freestyle. Campbell posted a winning time of 46.29 seconds, 0.39 ahead of his teammate.
- After his narrow second-place finish in the 200-IM, Lopez got the win in the 200-backstroke, touching in 1:51.18, which was barely over one second ahead of Brandon Dyck. Talor Hamilton's time of 1:57.10 gave the Mocs three of the top four swimmers in the 200-back.
- The final individual race of the meet saw Luis Jasso and Holmes go 1-2 in the 200-breast and no one from Emory was even close. Jasso had a winning time of 2:08.03, Holmes came in at 2:09.23, and the Eagles' best swimmer in third place had a time of 2:15.52.
- The Mocs did not get a win in the 50-free, but as a team, they did almost as good as a win. Ollie Smith won the 50 in 21.30 seconds, but Emory's next best swimmer came in sixth. In between were Campbell, Hamilton, Dyck, and Sean Kim.
- Florida Southern and Emory split the two relays, with the Moccasins winning the 400-medley by 4.59 seconds, and the Eagles captured the 200-freestyle by 1.61 seconds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Planinc won the 1,000-freestyle for the third time this year, but the 500 for the first time. He's the third different Moccasin to win the 500, joining Holmes and Lopez.
- Friday marked the third time this year at least seven different swimmers have won one or more individual race for the Mocs in one meet. They also did that against Tampa and Rollins.
Florida Southern will be right back in the pool Saturday when it hosts Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m.