Florida Tech Swimmers Look to Conquer Mount Union Today

By  //  January 5, 2014

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Race against Purple Raiders begins at 3 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Florida Tech will race at the Panther Aquatic Center for the second time in five days on Sunday when it hosts Mount Union at 3 p.m.

The Panthers host the Purple Raiders of Mount Union on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Panther Aquatic Center. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers host the Purple Raiders of Mount Union on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Panther Aquatic Center. (Florida Tech image)

The two institutions have met annually in Melbourne since the Panthers began swimming during the 2011-12 season. The men are 1-1 against Mount Union following last year’s 138-67 triumph. The women are in search of their first win against the Purple Raiders after being overcome last season by just two points.

Brian Dumont

Brian Dumont

FIT enters the race following a split with Lewis University on New Year’s Day. The men, who are 3-3 in the 2013-14 campaign, registered their first win over a ranked opponent by beating the 22nd-ranked Flyers 112-93. Entering the meet at 2-5 overall, the women dropped a 121-84 decision on Wednesday.

In the meet, Takashi Worrell collected two first-place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,000-yard freestyle. Brian Dumont won the 200-yard IM, and snatched second place in the 100-yard breaststroke and 400-yard medley relay.

Lauren Suarez

Lauren Suarez

Lauren Suarez and Dar Raz brought home a first-place finish. Suarez did so in the 50-yard freestyle, placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay and third in the 100-yard freestyle.

Raz won the 100-yard backstroke, nabbed second in the 400-yard medley relay and third in the 50-yard freestyle.

Mount Union, from Alliance, Ohio, has started the season strong. Its men are 6-1 overall and have won by an average of 71 points.

Takashi Worrell

Takashi Worrell

They lost their season-opening meet to Malone and haven’t lost since Oct. 25. They last raced in the three-day Wooster Invitational almost one month ago on Dec. 7 and finished seventh overall.

The women are a perfect 7-0 up to this point of the season. Like their counterparts, they have won by a significant margin of 58 points. They also last raced in the Wooster Invitational and finished seventh.

After the Panthers host the Purple Raiders, FIT will conclude its three-meet homestand against Savannah College of Art and Design on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m.


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