SAINT LEO, FLA. – Florida Southern and Saint Leo split the first six races of the day Saturday, with Katie Moore, Krystal Karas, and Rebeka Dics all in the win column, but the Lions won seven of the final eight to down the 17th-ranked Moccasins, 158-104.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Moccasins (1-1) and Lions (3-0) alternated wins in the early going, with Saint Leo taking the 200-medley relay, 100-back, and 100-breast, and Florida Southern taking the 500-free, 200-free, and 200-fly.
- The Lions won the 200-medley by 0.32 seconds over the Mocs' team of Maria Di Bella, Haley DeGrace, Rachel Ringley, and Karas, but the Mocs came right back with Moore winning the 500-free by more than 25 seconds, and Karas and Malin Wallen finishing 1-2 in the 200-free.
- Saint Leo reclaimed the lead by taking the top three spots in the 100-backstroke, with Di Bella the Mocs' best swimmer there, and widened its lead with two swimmers in the top three of the 100-breast where DeGrace finished second.
- Dics got the Mocs their third win by capturing the 200-fly by 2.08 seconds over Saint Leo's Charlie Langer, and Madelyn Snodgrass was third. But the Lions took three of the top four slots in the sprints after that to again widen their margin, and lost just one race the reminder of the meet.
- The Moccasins got one more win from Moore, who captured the 500-freestyle by more than 16 seconds over Langer. That gave Moore a 4-0 record over the weekend over Rollins and Saint Leo, winning the 1000 and 500 in each of those meets.
- In addition to her individual win, Dics also had two second-place finishes. The first of those came in the 100-free, and the other came in the 200-IM.
- DeGrace was runner-up in both breaststroke events to Paulina Majszutowicz, and Wallen was second in both the 200-free and 100-fly.
- Other runner-up finishes in the meet for Florida Southern belonged to Karas in the 50-free, Kyra Fraser in the 200-back, and the 400-freestyle relay team of Karas, Moore, Ringley, and Wallen.
Florida Southern will be on the road again next Friday, October 26, with a 6 5 p.m. dual meet at No. 5 Tampa.