WINTER PARK, FLA. – With eight different swimmers winning individual events, including Nico Campbell, who won twice, 7th-ranked Florida Southern opened up the 2018-19 season under new head coach Andy Robins with a 152-34 victory over Rollins on Friday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Moccasins' only multi-event winner was Campbell, one of their senior All-Americans who captured 200-free and 100-free, and in each case, teammate Carlos Bernotti was his closest competitor. Campbell won the 200 in 1:43.43 to win by 1.55 seconds, and the 100 in 47.20 seconds to win by a 0.71 margin. Campbell also manned the third leg of the victorious 200-freestyle relay, which the Mocs' A team won in 1:25.57 over their B team. Matthew Holmes put them ahead on the leadoff leg, Talor Hamilton added to the advantage before Campbell, and Brandon Dyck closed it out.
- Holmes and Dyck were two of the individual winners for the Mocs too. Holmes won the 200-IM in 1:52.97, putting him ahead of Matias Lopez by 0.65 seconds. Dyck captured the 50-freestyle in a time of 21.33 seconds, finishing 0.12 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
- Though Lopez finished second in the 200-IM, the sophomore All-American was victorious in the 200-backstroke a little while later. He turned in a time of 1:53.01, with Florida Southern's Harrison Paul second.
- Another of the Mocs' returning All-Americans, Miguel Bernotti, won the 200-butterfly, posting a time of 1:55.08. That put him 4.35 seconds ahead of teammate Theo Peristeridis who finished second.
- It wasn't just the All-Americans who were winning on Friday. Junior transfer Daniel Rodriguez, and freshmen Cole Smith and Dorian Bachlaj also notched individual wins in their Moccasin debuts. Rodriguez, who joined the team from SUNY Oswego, won his first race as a Moccasin by swimming the 1,000-free in 9:50.31 to beat Rollins' Alex Norcini by 4.87 seconds. Smith and senior teammate Luka Planinc were neck-and-neck in the 500-free, but Smith came out on top by 0.33 seconds with a time of 4:48.43. Bachlaj's win came in the 200-breaststroke where he was a 1.26-second winner over Florida Southern's Andrew Brown, a transfer from South Georgia State.
- Brown was also a winner as part of the Mocs' 200-medley relay team with Dyck, Miguel Bernotti, and Holmes. They put together a time of 1:34.92 to win that race over their own B team by 1.29 seconds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Moccasins took the first three positions in the opening event, the 200-medley relay, and never looked back on their way to a final margin of 118 points. It was one of six where Florida Southern went 1-2-3, and the other five were individual races that allowed the Mocs to score maximum points in those events. It happened in the 200-free (Campbell, Carlos Bernotti, and Planinc); the 200-IM (Holmes, Lopez, and Calvin Giang); the 200-back (Lopez, Paul, and Christian Gilbreath); the 500-free (Smith, Planinc, and Ethan Shaw); and the 200-breast (Bachlaj, Brown, and Pedro Bernotti).
Florida Southern will be right back in the pool Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. dual meet at 14th-ranked Saint Leo.