Florida Tech Swimmers Look to Conquer Mount Union Today
By Space Coast Daily // January 5, 2014
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 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.
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 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.
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.