DAVIE – With Jacinda Whittenburg part of the Moccasins' best relay team of the night, and turning in their best individual performance too, Florida Southern ended the first day of the Shark Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern in seventh place.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first event of the meet, Florida Southern had its top two 200-freestyle relay teams place seventh and eighth respectively out of 29 entries, resulting in 46 points for the Moccasins. Carson-Newman (TN) was the only other school with two teams among the top-eight, taking second and fifth, while Nova Southeastern won the race with an automatic NCAA qualifying time, but had its second team finish 12th. Leading the way for Florida Southern were Allison Greenwood, Mallary Meyer, Rachel Ringley and Peyton Breault at 1:39.28, just 0.28 seconds ahead of their teammates, Katja Hajdinjak, Krystal Karas, Rebeka Dics and Britt Aubley.
- Katie Moore put points on the board in the 500-freestyle, placing 15th out of 43 swimmers with a time of 5:14.21 in her first collegiate race.
- Whittenburg had Florida Southern's best individual performance of the day with a 13th-place finish in the 200-IM, an event that had 54 swimmers entered. She posted a time of 2:12.33, while Dics was in the top half of the field too in 25th place at 2:15.61.
- In the 50-freestyle, Florida Southern had three swimmers place between 20th and 25th, separated by 0.16 seconds. Leading that group was Greenwood at 25.03 seconds in 20th place, with Aubley 23rd and Karas 25th. Maria Di-Bella was 29th, Dics was 33rd, Meyer was 35th, Moore was 38th, and Ringley was 39th, putting eight Moccasins in the top half of the 80-swimmer field.
- The 400-medley relay saw the team of Breault, Whittenburg, Hajdinjak, and Karas take sixth place out of 26 entries in 3:59.20. The Mocs' second team of Kyra Fraser, DeGrace, Ringley and Dics was 14th.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Nova Southeastern held a slim 6-point lead over Carson-Newman at the top of the standings (231½ - 225½), while Indian River State was third with 147 points. West Florida and Indianapolis were fourth and fifth respectively with 128 and 125 points, Wingate (NC) was sixth with 110, Florida Southern was seventh with 86 points, and Keiser was eighth with 32.
Day two of the Shark Invitational will have two sessions on Saturday, the first at 9:30 a.m., and the second at 2 p.m.