Mar 16, 2022
After four days of competing at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving National Championship in Greensboro, N.C., Florida Southern College came away with one new individual national title and several All-American nods.
Florida Southern freshman Ludovico Viberti ‘25 claimed the Mocs’ 27th individual national title with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke in a school-record time of 52.35 seconds. Viberti narrowly missed adding a second national championship in the 200 breaststroke by touching the wall with a time of 1:55.49, just two-one-hundredths of a second behind first (1:55.47).
The Mocs’ 400 freestyle relay squad, consisting of Brandon Dyck ‘22, Kyle Micallef ‘24, Elder Oliveira ‘23, and Matteo Zampese ‘23, also set a new school record with a fifth-place podium finish in a time of 2:55.01. Dyck also placed seventh in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:45.33.
These top placements helped Florida Southern to a fifth-place finish as a team with 225 points, which was the best performance from a Sunshine State Conference men’s squad.
The Mocs had a total of 32 All-American honors over the four-day championship, including 13 Honorable Mention All-American honors. Dyck and Micallef led the men in All-American accolades with six total honors apiece, earned by finishing in the top 16. Viberti brought home five All-American honors, including an NCAA National Championship in the 100 breaststroke. Zampese and Oliveira had five honors, with JJ Saslo ‘22 competing in relays and picking up two. Milosz Mencel ‘25, Keith Peristeridis ‘24, and Ludwig Mueller ’24 each finished with one Honorable Mention All-American accolade.
"This meet can be really be grueling and I couldn't be more proud of how our team responded," FSC head coach Andy Robins said. "We capped off the meet with several great finals swims, including a record breaking relay with Matteo, Brandon, Elder, and Kyle. Coming off an SSC championship, we felt that a Top 5 finish at the NCAA Championships was a realistic goal for our men's team. This was a great way to finish off a tremendous season.”
The Florida Southern women’s team also competed over the weekend, placing 26th.
The Mocs’ women had six Honorable Mention All-American nods, with sophomore Jazzy Hoffmann ’24 leading the way with three.
Hoffmann placed 10th overall in the 50 free (23.09). She then set a new school record in the 100 free (50.10) in the prelims before swimming 50.17 in the consolation final where she placed ninth. Hoffmann was also a part of the 800 freestyle relay squad that finished 12th with a time of 7:30.35. Joining Hoffmann on the team and gaining Honorable Mention All-American honors were Eric McCann ‘22, Maja Eriksson ‘25, and Olivia Miles ‘25.
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