Krystal Karas
Krystal Karas
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
High School: Rochester Adams
Events: Free/Fly
Major: Criminology

One of Florida Southern’s six returning All-Americans, and has picked up four of those awards in her career, all of them in different relays during her freshman and sophomore seasons… School record holder in the 100-butterfly and the 400-freestyle relay… Begins her junior year with eight relay wins and one individual win.

As a sophomore (2016-17)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 800-freestyle (14th place)… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll… In addition to the 800-freestyle relay, also competed in the 50-free and 100-free at the National Finals… One of six Moccasins to swim in all nine meets, including the NCAA Division II National Championships, and was one of their primary sprinters and butterfly swimmers… Competed in all five relay events over the course of the season… Had NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 50- and 100-freestyle, and was the only Moccasin to be a part of provisional qualifying times in all five relay events… Earned two bronze medals at the SSC Championships as part of the 200-freestyle and 800-freestyle relay teams… Tied for the team lead with Rebeca Dics with three relay wins… #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle, and 100-butterfly, and was #4 in the 200-butterfly… Was part of the top times for all five relay events.

As a freshman (2015-16)… First Team All-American in the 400-freestyle relay (8th place)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 200-freestyle relay (9th place) and 400-medley relay (13th place)… Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Also competed in the 200-medley relay, the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle and 100-butterfly at the National Finals… One of seven Moccasins to swim in all nine meets including the National Finals… Regular swimmer in both butterfly events, as well as the 50-freestyle and 100-freestyle… Set the school record in the 100-butterfly by swimming the race in 56.15 seconds at the Sunshine State Conference Championships… Had one individual win (the 200-butterfly at Florida Tech) and five relay wins… Helped Florida Southern win the conference title in the 200-freestyle relay… Had Florida Southern’s top times in the 100-butterfly and 200-butterfly, was #2 on the times list in the 50-freestyle, and #3 in the 100-freestyle… Also part of the top times in four of the five relay events (all but the 800-freestyle).

In high school… 2015 graduate of Rochester Adams High School where she was a 4-year letter winner for coach Tim Hickey… Member of the Division 2 All-State Team all four years of her high school career… Had top times of 24.18 in the 50-freestyle, 52.99 in the 100-freestyle, and 57.81 in the 100-butterfly as a senior, with all of those number already just off the mark of last year’s NCAA Division II “B” standards… Won the Oakland Activities Association (OAA) Red League championship in the 200-freestyle relay as a sophomore and junior, and the 200-medley relay as a senior… Helped set the OAA record for the 200-medley relay as a senior (also a school record) and was fourth in the state in the 50-freestyle… Made the All-State Team in the 200-medley relay and 50-freestyle as a senior… All-State in the 50-freestyle and three relay events as a junior… Earned All-State honors in three relay events as a sophomore and two as a freshman… Also a 4-year member of the track and field team at Rochester Adams… Earned Athletic Scholar awards all four years in high school… Member of the North Oakland Waves club program from 2003-11, and the Liquid Lightning from 2011-15 where she swam for head coaches Tom Arusoo and Ray Onisko… Helped set club records in four different relay races with Liquid Lightning… Qualified for the National Club Swimming Association Nationals in Orlando… Has two former teammates (Hannah Berich and Theresa Riviera) now swimming for another NCAA Division II power program at Wayne State (MI)… Personal… Daughter of Paul and Bonnie Karas… Has one older sister (C.J.)… Mentions the Detroit Tigers as her favorite pro sports team.