MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Florida Tech rang in the New Year with a split against No. 22 Lewis on Wednesday afternoon at the Panther Aquatic Center. The men knocked off the 22nd-ranked Flyers 112-93 and the women fell 124-81.
The victory for the Panther men is the program’s first win against a ranked opponent in its three-year history. With the win, they improve to 3-3 on the season and the women now stand at 2-5.
“It’s great to be back in Melbourne after the winter break,” head coach Jeni Ritter said. “We have a lot of room for improvement. Our conference meet begins seven weeks from today. Moving forward, we need to focus on our weaknesses and fine tune our racing.”
Takashi Worrell began the day by earning his first of two wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Worrell, the Daytona State junior transfer clocked in at 9:45.45, which was nearly 14 seconds faster than runner-up Bryant Jacobs from Lewis.
Nir Barnea and Jonah Rieman finished first and second in the 50-yard freestyle at 21.40 and 22.08, respectively. In the next event, the 200-yard IM, Brian Dumont and Camden Johnston placed in the top two. Dumont touched the timing pad at 2:00.27 and Johnston was right behind him at 2:01.37.
The Panthers padded their lead in the 100-yard backstroke where four Panthers grabbed the top five spots. They were led by a first-place finish from Tyler Phelps at 54.37. Kaikea Nakachi was second at 54.40, Sam Trible was fourth at 58.84 and Trevor Eastin was fifth at 1:00.68.