Moore and Karas Pace Florida Southern in Battle of Top-25 Women's Swimming Teams at Nova Southeastern

Krystal Karas
Krystal Karas

DAVIE, Fla. – Florida Southern got another distance win from Katie Moore and a pair of runner-up finishes from sprinter Krystal Karas, but 9th-ranked Nova Southeastern had enough firepower to defeat the 17th-ranked Moccasins, 200-62 on Saturday.


  • Florida Southern's A 200-medley relay team comprised of Maria Di Bella, Haley DeGrace, Rachel Ringley, and Karas placed second in 1:50.09 for the Moccasins' first points, coming in 4.93 seconds behind Nova Southeastern's lead team.
  • Moore put her name in the win column Saturday by capturing the 1,000-freestyle in 10:34.81, putting her 6.89 seconds ahead of Nova Southeastern's Tyler Fell as the Sharks took the second, third, and fourth slots before Madelyn Snodgrass scored for the Mocs. It was Moore's fourth win of the season in the 1,000
  • Moore nearly got another win in the next event, the 200-freestyle, but finished a close second to Nova's Emma Sundstedt who had a winning time of 1:54.12. Closing the gap on the final leg, Moore clocked in at 1:54.62, exactly half a second behind her. The Mocs' other scoring in the 200-free came from Malin Wallen who was sixth.
  • Another runner-up finish followed for the Moccasins with Di Bella coming in second in the 100-backstroke. Her time of 1:01.88 put her 1.6 seconds behind Suzanne Afchain. Kyra Fraser was the Mocs' second swimmer in the 100-back, placing fifth.
  • DeGrace was Florida Southern's top swimmer in the 100-breaststroke, placing third in 1:07.12. Kaylee Gassen was the winner in 1:05.50. Though DeGrace was 1.62 seconds out of first and 0.27 seconds out of second, she was almost three seconds faster than the rest of the field. Kris Davis provided the Moccasins with their final point in the 100-breast by placing sixth.
  • In the 200-butterfly, Snodgrass and Kimmy Chang scored for the Moccasins by placing fourth and fifth respectively. Snodgrass touched in 2:18.31, with Chang 3.81 seconds behind her. Winning the race for Nova Southeastern was Caroline Oster in 2:06.78.
  • Karas gave Florida Southern back-to-back runner-up finishes in the 50-free and 100-free, sandwiched around the meet's first break. She swam the 50 in 24.86 seconds to place second behind Jenna Johns, and the 100 in 54.53 seconds, putting her just behind Caroline Oster. Florida Southern received its other points in the two sprint freestyle races from Di Bella and Allison Greenwood in the 50 after they tied for sixth, and from Grace Sill in the 100.
  • Afchain picked up her second backstroke win of the meet by taking the 200 in 2:09.83, and the Sharks had the top four swimmers in that event. As she was in the 100-back, Fraser was again the Moccasins' top performer, placing fifth in 2:14.29, with Di Bella scoring their other point.
  • After placing third in the 100-breastroke earlier in the meet, DeGrace took second in the 200, coming in less than a quarter second behind Elizabeth Zubero of Nova Southeastern. In similar fashion to the 100 when DeGrace had a comfortable margin for third, the gap between her and Molly Griswold in the 200 was almost six seconds. Davis was again Florida Southern's second scorer.
  • The 500-freestyle saw Moore and Sundstedt go head-to-head for the second time, and Sundstedt picked up her second win of the meet in 5:04.86. Moore had a runner-up time of 5:10.23 to finish a little over four seconds ahead of Tyler Fell, who she had earlier beaten in the 1,000. Snodgrass took fifth place to give FSC another point.
  • Johns also earned her second win of the meet for Nova in the 100-fly in 56.36 seconds, with Chang and Rebeka Dics placing fourth and fifth separated by half a second.
  • Wallen was Florida Southern's best swimmer in the 200-IM, the final individual event, putting together a time of 2:15.37 for fifth place, with Dics a little over one second behind her.
  • Florida Southern closed out the meet with its A team in the 400-freestyle relay placing third. That team of Moore, Wallen, Mallary Meyer, and Karas combined for a time of 3:41.61. Nova Southeastern won in 3:33.06.


  • Moore pushed her win total for the season up to eight. She now has four wins in the 1,000, three in the 500, and one in the 200-free. The last Moccasin with at least four wins in the 1,000 and three in the 500 was Alli Crenshaw in 2014-15. Crenshaw had five wins in the 500, four in the 1,000 that season, and 14 overall.
  • DeGrace has been Florida Southern's top swimmer in both breaststroke events in every meet this season.


Florida Southern concludes the regular season at home next Friday, Jan. 18, when it hosts Indian River State at 3:30 p.m.