Luka Planinc
Luka Planinc
Height: 6-02
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia
High School: Science School Vladimir Prelog
Events: Free/Fly
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

One of Florida Southern’s seven returning All-Americans after picking four of those awards over the last two seasons (two individual and two relay) and was a 2018 national silver medalist in the 800-freestyle relay, which he anchored… Has seven individual wins and two relay wins coming into his senior year.

As a junior (2017-18)… First Team All-American in the 800-freestyle relay (2nd place)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 500-freestyle (15th place) and 1,000-freestyle (12th place)… Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… In addition to his three All-American events, also took part in the 200-freestyle and 1,650-freestyle at the Division II National Finals… Had NCAA provisional qualifying times in four of the six freestyle events (200, 500, 1000, and 1650)… Part of Florida Southern’s SSC champion 800-freestyle relay team… Bronze medalist at the SSC Championships in both the 1,000-free and 1,650-free, giving him three medals at the 2018 conference meet, and a total of six medals in his career… Swam in all 12 meets during the season including the conference and national finals… In addition to his competition in the four longest freestyle events, also swam in the 100-free twice… Four of his five individual wins came in the 1,000-free, and one came in the 500-free… Won both of those races in a dual meet against Emory in January… Finished the season #1 on the team times list in the 1,000-free and 1,650-free for the second year in a row… Was #2 on the 500-free list and #5 in the 200-free… Added another top-10 time in the 50-free by virtue of a relay leg… Anchored the Mocs’ top 800-freestyle relay team.

TOP INDIVIDUAL TIMES AS A JUNIOR:
50-free: 21.95, relay leg (at Indian River State, 1/26/18)
100-free: 49.49 (vs. Rollins, 11/10/17)
200-free: 1:38.98 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/15/18)
500-free: 4:28.82 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/16/18)
1,000-free: 9:09.27 (at Spartan Invitational, 12/15/17)
1,650-free: 15:34.17 (at SSC Championships, 2/25/18)

As a sophomore (2016-17)… First Team All-American in the 800-freestyle relay (7th place)… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… In addition to the 800-freestyle relay, also competed in the 200-free, 500-free, 1,000-free and 1,650-free at the Division II National Championships… One of eight Moccasins to swim in all nine meets, including the NCAA Division II National Championships… Florida Southern’s top distance swimmer who also took part in the 50-, 100- and 200-free, and swam regularly as part of the freestyle relay teams and 400-medley team… Had NCAA provisional qualifying times in four freestyle events (200, 500, 1000 and 1650)… Also helped the Mocs hit provisional qualifying marks in the 400-freestyle relay, 800-freestyle relay, and 400-medley relay… Anchored the Mocs’ silver medal 800-freestyle relay team at the SSC Championships… Won two medals at the SSC Championships in individual events, taking silver in the 500-free and bronze in the 1,650-free… Posted two individual wins during the regular season, with both of them coming in a dual meet against Florida Tech in the 500-free and 1,000-free… Ranked #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 500-, 1000-, and 1,650-freestyle events, and was #4 in the 200… Part of Florida Southern’s top 800-freestyle relay team.

As a freshman (2015-16)… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Swam in eight meets during the season… Regular swimmer in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle and 200-freestyle… Had an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 500-freestyle where he was #3 on the Florida Southern times list even while swimming that event only once… Helped one of the Moccasins’ 800-freestyle relay teams also achieve an NCAA provisional time.

Prior to Florida Southern… Came to Florida Southern as a 2014 graduate of the Science School Vladimir Prelog in his native Croatia… Coached for 13 years by Alexandre Seleznev while a member of the HAPK Mladost (sports society) in Zagreb… Personal… Son of Snjezana Planinc.