Matias Lopez
Matias Lopez
Year: So.
Hometown: Asuncion, Paraguay
High School: San Jose Apostolic School
Events: Back/IM
Major: Business Administration

One of Florida Southern’s seven returning All-Americans after earning three of those awards as a freshman.

As a freshman (2017-18)… First Team All-American in the 200-backstroke (7th)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 200-IM and 400-IM… Sunshine State Conference Freshman-of-the-Year… Second Team All-SSC… SSC Swimmer-of-the-Week for January 15… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… In addition to the 200-backstroke and two individual medley events, also competed in the 500-freestyle at the NCAA Division II National Finals… Had NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 500-free, 200-back, 200-IM, and 400-IM… Missed a provisional time in the 100-back by 0.22 seconds… Also helped the 800-freestyle hit an NCAA qualifying time during the conference championships… SSC champion in the 200-backstroke by finishing 0.49 seconds ahead of freshman teammate Brandon Dyck… Won another gold medal at the SSC Championships by anchoring the Mocs’ 800-freestyle relay team… Took part in all 10 regular season meets in addition to the conference national championships… Regular swimmer in both backstroke and both IM events… Swam the 500-free three times, and hit an NCAA “B” time while placing fourth at the SSC Championships in only his second 500-freestyle race of the season… Swam the 200-freestyle once, but picked up a win in that race during a dual meet against Rollins… Tied with Luis Jasso and Matthew Holmes for the team lead with 11 individual wins (five in the 200-back, three in the 200-IM, and one apiece in the 400-IM, 200-free and 500-free)… Won the 200 and 500-freestyle races in the dual meet vs. Rollins… Had four different dual meets with two individual wins, all of them against other SSC schools (Tampa, Rollins, Nova Southeastern and Saint Leo)… Part of two relay wins during the season, the 200-medley at Tampa, and the 800-freestyle in the SSC Championships… Ranked #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 200-backstroke, and was #2 in the 100-back and 400-IM… #3 on the Florida Southern times list in the 200-IM and 500-free… Had a top-10 time in the 200-free… Finished the year #9 on the NCAA Division II national times list in the 200-back… Posted times in the 200 and 400-IM that placed him 18th and 12th on the Division II times list in those events.

TOP INDIVIDUAL TIMES AS A FRESHMAN:
200-free: 1:43.96 (vs. Rollins, 11/10/17)
500-free: 4:29.27 (at SSC Championships, 2/24/18)
100-back: 49.50 (at SSC Championships, 2/23/18)
200-back: 1:45.41 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/17/18)
200-IM: 1:48.55 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/14/18)
400-IM: 3:53.07 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/15/18)

In high school… Graduated from San Jose Apostolic School in Paraguay… Competed in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China.