No. 4 Southern Florida dominates third meet in a row with Daytona State win
LAKELAND, Fla. -– For the third week in a row, the Florida Southern dominated as the fourth-ranked Moccasins won all but one race in a 148-57 victory against Daytona State. It was the third consecutive meet in which the Mocs won at least nine of 11 events.
In the 1,000 yard freestyle, freshmen Juan Tolosa and Raul Garrastazu both swam the fastest times ever at the Hollis Wellness Center Pool, and both reached the NCAA “B” standard. Garrastazu had the early lead, but during the final quarter of the race, Tolosa overtook him to finish in a winning time of 9:36.89. That was only .57 seconds ahead of Garrastazu, while each of the other swimmers was more than 12 seconds off the pace.
In the 200 yard freestyle, sophomore Allan Gutierrez gave the Moccasins another “B” qualifying time at 1:42.34, and senior Jeb Halfacre did the same in the 50 yard freestyle with a winning time of 21.09 seconds. Junior Robbie Swan just missed the qualifying time at 21.17, but was second in the 50 free.
Senior Miguel Ferreira then picked up the first of his two wins on Saturday by taking the 200 yard IM in 1:53.05, a race the also saw Florida Southern finish second, third and fourth. Ferreira later won the 100 yard breaststroke in 56.4 seconds, a time that was both a pool record and NCAA “B” cut.
Daytona State’s lone win came in the 100 yard butterfly, where Charles Williams swam in 51.25 seconds, but the Moccasins held down the next four positions, led by Garrastazu in second place with a time of 52.31 and senior Bruce Janzen in a time of 52.48.
Senior Stephen Swan followed the Daytona State win by capturing the 100 yard freestyle in a NCAA “B” time of 46.19 seconds and junior Thomas Nguyen won the 100 yard backstroke in a “B” time of 51.06 seconds. He was just more than one second ahead of freshman Edson Lima and Robbie Swan, who were second and third, respectively.
In the 500 yard freestyle, sophomore Luis Rojas and Tolosa finished 1-2, with Rojas clocking a 4:41.46 that was a little over half a second off the “B” cut qualifying time.
The Moccasins also won both relay races in the meet with “B” qualifying times. The 200 yard freestyle team of Rojas, Stephen Swan, Joakim Hvalgren and Robbie Swan set a pool record with their time of 1:23.81. Earlier in the day, Halfacre, Ferreira, Janzen and Alex Peterson fell just three one-hundredths of a second off the pool record in the 200 yard medley relay.