INDIANAPOLIS – On the second day of the NCAA Division II Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, senior Katie Moore gave Florida Southern its first points of the meet by reaching the consolation finals of the 200-freestyle, picking up the second All-American award of her career.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Moore, who won the 200-free at this year's Sunshine State Conference Championships, had a time of 1:49.73 to finish ahead of 34 other swimmers during the prelims Thursday morning. That pushed her through into the consolation finals where she placed 14th overall in 1:50.43, and picked up the second honorable mention All-American award of her Florida Southern career. Her first one came last year in the 1,000-freestyle. Western Colorado senior Randi Yarnell won this year's 200-freestyle in 1:47.28, the first national title in women's swimming for her school.
- The Moccasins had one swimmer in the 400-IM, though junior Malin Wallen did not advance beyond the preliminaries. She posted a time of 4:36.73 in her first meet since January 12. Northern State senior Hannah Kastigar won this year's 400-IM national championship, the second of her career. She also won in 2017 before Nova Southeastern's Courtney Deveny won last year.
- Florida Southern did not compete in either of the two relays (the 200-free and 400-medley), and did not have any qualifiers in the 100-fly. Queens (NC) won the 200-freestyle relay by nearly two seconds over Tampa, and the 400-medley relay by more than four seconds over Drury with a new national record. Queens junior Polina Lapshina won the 100-butterfly in a new NCAA Division II record time one night after also winning the 50-free.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Queens (NC) increased its lead over Drury in the overall standings to 321-184, with Tampa moving up to third place with 135 points. West Chester (PA) fell one spot to fourth with 132 points, Cal-San Diego remained fifth with 110, and Nova Southeastern dropped two spots to sixth place with 106 points. With Moore's points putting them on the board, Florida Southern is now one of 36 teams to have scored halfway through the meet.
Day three of the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships begins Friday at 10 a.m. with finals in five events Friday night at 6 p.m.