MELBOURNE, FL – Peyton Breault had a second-place finish in the 200-backstroke and Katja Hajdinjak was the Moccasins' top swimmer in two events as Florida Southern finished the first day of the DII Fall Showcase in third place.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern's top 200-medley relay team finished fourth in the first race of the night, with Maria Di-Bella, Haley DeGrace, Katja Hajdinjak and Krystal Karas turned in a time of 1:48.66, half a second behind third place Florida Tech. Drury won the race in 1:43.52.
- In the first individual race, the Mocs' only swimmer, Jacinda Whittenburg was fourth in the 400-IM in 4:37.72, with second through fourth separated by just 0.65 seconds, but the difference between Whittenburg and fifth place more than twice that. Nova Southeastern's Courtney DeVeny was the winner in 4:29.03.
- In the 200-freestyle, it was Hajdinjak who earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:54.38, a little over half a second short of an NCAA provisional mark. Breault was sixth in 1:55.70, and the Mocs had a third swimmer in the top-10, with Katie Moore taking 10th in the field of 25. Allie Kaufmann was also in the scoring column, giving the Mocs a total of 37 points in the 200-free.
- The 50-freestyle saw four more Moccasins score, with Karas finishing sixth in 24.89 seconds, Britt Aubley tied for ninth in 25.14, Rachel Ringley 12th in 25.39, and Allison Greenwood 15th in 25.56. Winning the 50-free was Nova Southeastern's Sydney Panzarino in 23.55 seconds.
- Hajdinjak was the Mocs' best swimmer in the 200-butterfly, turning in a time of 2:13.01, which was good for eighth, while Kimmi Chang fell just one spot out of the top-10. The win went to Caroline Oster of Nova Southeastern in 2:06.30.
- The best finish for any Moccasin was a silver medal for Breault in the 200-backstroke. She touched the wall in 2:06.53, just 0.31 seconds behind Katya Rudenko of Drury (MO). Kyra Fraser was seventh in 2:12.95, and Lanier Whitton was 10th in 2:15.92. With more points coming from Di-Bella, the 200-butterfly was Florida Southern's best event of the night.
- Kaufmann was Florida Southern's top swimmer in the 500-freestyle in 5:20.41, with Moore and Madelyn Snodgrass scoring in that event as well. Erica Dahlgren of Drury won in 5:01.09.
- DeGrace and Whittenburg placed fourth and fifth in the 200-breaststroke, 0.60 seconds apart, with DeGrace posting a time of 2:25.35. Picking up the win was Bailee Nunn of Drury in 2:18.32.
- The final event of the night was the 400-freestyle relay where Hajdinjak, Karas, Breault and Rebeka Dics were fifth in 3:34.82. Nova Southeastern got the win in 3:29.10.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- With 287 points, Florida Southern trailed Nova Southeastern, which had 519, and Drury, which had 442. Florida Tech was fourth with 251.
Day two of the DII Fall Showcase begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.