LAKELAND, FL – In its final regular season meet of the season, 17th-ranked Florida Southern got two early freestyle wins from Katie Moore, and took two of the top three spots in the 100-backstroke behind Grace Sill and Maria Di Bella, but NJCAA national champion Indian River State pulled away for a 174-85 win.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After Indian River won the 200-medley relay to start Friday's meet, Moore won the first two individual races, taking the 1,000-free and the 200-free. Her 10:30.66 in the 1,000 was her second fastest time of the season and gave her a third consecutive win in that event. She beat out Charlie Oberholzer by 2.65 seconds. Madelyn Snodgrass also scored in the 1,000 for the Moccasins.
- Moore's win in the 200-free came in 1:53.58, which was also her second fastest time of the season. That gave her a 1.97-second win over Camryn Wheals. The Moccasins out-scored the River in that event by getting fourth- and fifth-place finishes from Erin McCann and Rebeka Dics.
- Sule Van Der Merwe gave Indian River its first individual win in the 100-back, but right behind her were Sill and Di Bella. Sill's time of 1:00.86 was her best of the season.
- The 100-breaststroke was decided by 0.51 seconds, with Savanna Best edging out Florida Southern's Haley DeGrace, who was runner-up in 1:06.02, but nearly six seconds ahead of third-place Nina Tomic. The Moccasins added two more points from Kris Davis.
- Snodgrass and Kimmy Chang were the Florida Southern scorers in the 200-fly, placing third and fourth. Indian River's Camryn Hudson had a winning time of 2:06.03 to win by 10 seconds.
- Indian River's Elianna Kennon won the 50-free in 24.35 seconds, with Krystal Karas second in 24.97 and Mallary Meyer scoring an additional point for the Moccasins.
- The Moccasins grabbed three of the five point positions in the 100-free behind Dics, Rachel Ringley, and Allison Greenwood. Kennon, however, was again the winner in 52.73 seconds.
- Indian River got a second win from Van Der Merwe when she captured the 200-backstroke in 2:06.40, with Di Bella placing second and Amanda Giannattasio fifth for Florida Southern.
- After a close race between Best and DeGrace in the 100-breast earlier in the meet, the two went head-to-head again in the 200-breast where the finish was even tighter. Best ended up with a win by 0.05 seconds, posting a time of 2:21.41. Davis finished fourth for Florida Southern.
- In the pool for her third race of the day, Moore made it 3-for-3 as the Moccasin senior won the 500-freestyle in 5:06.79 to again beat out Oberholzer. This time the gap was 1.5 seconds. The Mocs then got a fourth-place finish from Sill for two more points, with Sill swimming the 500 for the first time in her college career.
- Hudson completed a butterfly sweep for Indian River by taking the 100 in 58.24 seconds, with Chang coming in third for Florida Southern in 1:00.39, and Meyer placing fifth for another point a little over one second behind her.
- Indian River won both of the relay events, starting with the 200-medley and ending with the 400-freestyle. In the 200-medley, the Mocs' A team of Di Bella, DeGrace, Ringley, and Karas finished 1.54 seconds behind the River's A team. Their A team in the 400-freestyle, comprised of Karas, Meyer, McCann, and Moore had a time of 3:39.09 and finished as runner-up to the River by 4.68 seconds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Moccasins had no one competing in the 400-IM where Indian River's Savanna Best beat out two of her teammates for her third win of the meet.
- Moore now has 11 individual wins this season, with five coming in the 1,000, four in the 500, and two in the 200-free. Friday, however, marked the first time in her career she won all three of those races in the same meet. She's the first Moccasin since Peyton Breault on October 21, 2016 to win three events. Breault did that in the 200-back, 200-free, and 500-free and in a double dual with Florida Tech and Keiser. The last Moccasin to win three freestyle events in one meet was Alli Crenshaw, who won the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational in December of 2014.
- DeGrace ended the regular season by finishing as the Moccasins' top breaststroke swimmer in every race in every meet. The senior has been their top swimmer in the 100-breast in all but one of their 26 meets where that race was held dating back to her sophomore year.
- Malin Wallen, who swam for Indian River the last two seasons, and won the 100-free and 200-free against the Moccasins last year, did not swim on Friday.
Florida Southern's next competition will be at the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Championships, February 21-24, in Clearwater.