INDIANAPOLIS – The Florida Southern women's swimming team opened the 2019 NCAA Division II Championships with just one competitor in one event Wednesday, with Katie Moore taking part in the 1,000-freestyle. The senior finished 18th out of 36 swimmers in the first of her four individual events at the championship meet.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- As one of the two individual events to use timed heats to determine the 16 point positions rather than a prelim/finals format, Moore swam her heat in the morning session and was 11th at that point in 10:16.20. However, after the final eight swimmers completed their heat in the evening, it bumped Moore down to 18th. West Chester junior Georgia Wright, the defending champion, was the 1,000-freestyle winner in 9:45.86, a new NCAA Division II record, which broke the previous mark set by Nova Southeastern's Emma Sundstedt in December of 2017.
- The Moccasins did not have qualifiers in the 200-IM and 50-free, and did not compete in the 200-medley relay either. The two individual events were won by junior Bailee Nunn of Drury, and junior Polina Lapshina of Queens (NC). Nunn won the 200-IM for the third year in a row. Queens also won the 200-medley relay in a meet-record time.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- After winning the final two events of the night, Queens had a commanding lead over Drury in the overall standings with 161 points to the Panthers' 73. Drury took a hit when its 200-medley relay team was disqualified during prelims after posting the second fastest time to Queens. West Chester was third with 55, Nova Southeastern was fourth with 52, and Cal-San Diego was fifth with 47.
Day two of the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships begins Thursday at 10 a.m. with finals in five events Thursday night at 6 p.m.