CLEARWATER, FLA. – With the aid of a bronze medal finish in the 800-freestyle relay at the end of the night, and a silver medal from Katie Moore at the beginning, the Florida Southern women's swimming team climbed into third place at the 2019 SSC Women's Swimming Championships with one day remaining.
The Moccasins were in fifth place when the day began but jumped ahead of Saint Leo and Lynn. Moore got her second silver of the meet to go along with one gold by finishing second in the 500-freestyle with a new school-record time. The Mocs then ended the day with Krystal Karas, Erin McCann, Kyra Fraser, and Moore taking third in the 800-freestyle relay, an event where Lynn finished sixth and Saint Leo seventh.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Moore finished second in the 500-freestyle by seven-tenths of a second to Nova Southeastern's Emma Sundstedt, who had an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:50.53. Moore fell just half a second short of the "A" time but her time of 4:51.23 did set a new school record, breaking the mark previously set by Alli Crenshaw in December of 2014.
- Florida Southern got points from four swimmers in the 100-backstroke wit Maria Di Bella reaching the championship finals and finishing eighth, and Mallary Meyer winning the consolation final. Joining Meyer there were Fraser and Amanda Giannattasio. Meyer had the Mocs' best time at 57.46 seconds. Nova Southeastern's Jenna Johns won the event in 55.04.
- Haley DeGrace placed sixth in the 100-breaststroke with an NCAA "B" time of 1:03.76, her best of the season. Tampa's Mckenzie Street won in 1:02.32.
- Florida Southern's top swimmer in the 200-fly was Rebeka Dics, who placed 11th in a Florida Southern record 2:07.97. Madelyn Snodgrass was 16th in 2:12.70. Nova Southeastern freshman Sasha Maslova set a new meet record in winning in 1:58.65, an NCAA "A" time that resulted in her third gold medal of the meet.
- The team of Karas, McCann, Fraser, and Moore swam the 800-freestyle relay in 7:32.34, putting them third behind Nova Southeastern and Tampa. They shaved more than 11 seconds off the Mocs' previous best time of the season. Nova got the win in 7:25.81.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Tampa will take a 25-point lead into the final day of the championships having outscored Nova Southeastern 717-692. Florida Southern is third with 286 points, followed by Lynn (274), Saint Leo (260), Rollins (235), and Florida Tech (230).
The SSC Championships conclude Sunday at the Long Center with prelims at 10 a.m., and finals at 5 p.m.