TALLAHASSEE – Malin Wallen had a third-place finish in the 400-IM, Krystal Karas had a pair of top-fives in the sprints, Haley DeGrace had two in the breaststroke events, and Katie Moore had three top-fives in the freestyle to pace Florida Southern in a quad meet at Florida State on Saturday.
Florida State won all three of its dual meet competitions over Florida Southern (221-63), North Florida (221-64) and West Florida (203-94), while the Moccasins also dropped decisions to the Ospreys (139-122) and Argonauts (207-86). Florida Southern did, however, come out ahead of the Ospreys in eight of the 12 individual events and split the two relays.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida State took three of the top four spots in the 200-medley relay, with Florida Southern's A team of Maria Di Bella, DeGrace, Rachel Ringley, and Karas placing fifth in 1:50.02. That was more than two seconds ahead of West Florida's top team.
- Florida State swimmers were first and second in the 1,000-free, and North Florida took third and fourth before Moore touched the wall in 10:58.18 for the Moccasins. Erin McCann was fifth in 11:08.21, shaving more than 15 seconds off her season-best time.
- Moore was also the Mocs' top swimmer in the 200-freestyle, finishing fifth in that race as well. Swimming the 200-free for the first time this year, Moore had a time of 1:55.78 that puts her at the top of the Florida Southern times list. Placing sixth was Wallen in 1:57.20.
- In the 100-backstroke, the Seminoles again had the top two, followed by swimmers from North Florida and West Florida. The Moccasins' top performers were Kyra Fraser in ninth and Di Bella in 10th, separated by three one-hundredths of a second. Both of them barely missed their best times of the season.
- West Florida's Morgan Ayers broke Florida State's run of individual wins by edging out the Seminoles' Bella English in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:05.50 for a margin of 0.2 seconds. DeGrace was fifth for Florida Southern in 1:07.30, just behind two other Seminole swimmers.
- Florida State added to its win total in the 200-butterfly where Madelyn Snodgrass was the Mocs' best swimmer with a time of 2:18.75, good for 10th.
- In the 50-free, it was Florida State's Hannah Womer with the win followed by two West Florida Argonauts. Karas finished fourth for Florida Southern in 24.47 seconds, just 0.01 second behind her season-best.
- After the break, Karas was again the Mocs' lead swimmer in the 100-free, placing sixth in 53.88 seconds behind West Florida's Ester Rizzetto and four consecutive Seminoles from second through fifth.
- DeGrace was the lead swimmer in the 200-breast just as she was in the 100, turning in a time of 2:24.99 to finish fourth, up one spot from the earlier breaststroke event. Florida State swimmers were first and second.
- Moore matched her performance from the 1,000-free with another fifth-place showing in the 500-free, swimming that race in 5:12.41 after Florida State had taken first, seconds, and fourth, with West Florida in second.
- Kimmy Chang was Florida Southern's top swimmer in the 100-fly, swimming that event for the first time and giving the Moccasins their second-best time in the event this season at 1:01.30, one-tenth of a second ahead of Ringley.
- In the final individual event of the afternoon, Wallen was Florida Southern's top swimmer in the 400-IM with a time of 4:37.58 that was good for third behind a pair of Seminoles.
- The Moccasins closed out the meet with a fourth-place finish from their A team in the 200-freestyle relay comprised of Karas, Ringley, Mallary Meyer and Wallen. They put together a time of 1:39.80, a little over seven-tenths of a second off the Mocs' best of the season.
Florida Southern will compete in the Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech, November 16-18.