MELBOURNE, FL – Six members of the Florida Southern men's swimming team have been named All-Sunshine State Conference in a vote of league coaches. Among them are a league-high four swimmers on the All-SSC First Team: seniors Matthew Holmes and Luka Planinc, and sophomores Matias Lopez and Brandon Dyck. Earning Second Team All-SSC honors is freshman Cole Smith, and senior Nico Campbell was an honorable mention selection.
Holmes is just the third men's swimmer in SSC history to make the first team all four years of his career, joining Florida Southern's Luis Rojas and Nova Southeastern's Marco Aldabe, who both did that from 2012-15. After posting NCAA qualifying times in eight different events this year, Holmes won four individual gold medals at the SSC Championships in February where he was the SSC Male Swimmer-of-the-Meet. He'll be competing at the national finals next week in the same four events (200-IM, 400-IM, 100-breast, and 200-breast), and has top-10 national times in three of them. He'll enter the finals No. 1 in the 400-IM, which he won last year, and No. 2 in the 200-IM.
Planinc is First Team All-SSC for the second time in his career after making it two years ago as a sophomore. He was an honorable mention pick last year. Planinc has been Florida Southern's top distance swimmer this year, and one of the best in the country as well. Planinc was selected for the national finals in the 200-, 500-, 1000-, and 1650-freestyle, and has NCAA top-20 times in all four of those events. He medaled in all four at the SSC Championships and took gold in the 1650.
Lopez, who was last year's SSC Freshman-of-the-Year and a Second Team All-SSC selection, moves up to the First Team this year. He picked up a pair of silver medals at the SSC Championships in the 200-backstroke and 400-IM, and had a bronze in the 200-IM. He'll have a chance to compete now in both backstroke and both IM events at the national finals, is No. 8 on the national times list in the 400-IM, and No. 8 in the 200-back.
Like Lopez, Dyck was Second Team All-SSC last year as a freshman and has moved up to the First Team this year as a sophomore. One of the best backstroke swimmers in Division II, Dyck won the SSC title in the 100-back for the second year in a row. He's lost to only one other D-II swimmer in that event this season and has top-20 national times in both the 100 and 200. Dyck is also an NCAA qualifier in the 50-free.
Though no freshmen made the All-SSC First Team, there were three of them on the Second Team, and Smith was one of them. He emerged as a strong distance swimmer alongside Planinc and had NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 500, 1000, and 1650. He had a bronze medal finish in the 500 at the SSC Championships and was fifth in the 1000.
Campbell is making the All-SSC Team for the first time in his career though he has already been a multi-time All-American as the other Moccasin veterans on the All-SSC Team have been. Campbell was the SSC runner-up in the 200-free and will be going to the national finals No. 9 on the Division II times list. He has also qualified in the 50-free and 100-free.
The SSC Coach-of-the-Year, Swimmer-of-the-Year and Freshman-of-the-Year awards will be voted on after the National Finals, which are next week in Indianapolis.
For the complete All-SSC Men's Swimming Team, click here.