GREENSBORO, NC – The Florida Southern women's swimming team closed out the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships with another All-American performance and school record from one of its relay teams Saturday night, which allowed the Moccasins to move up one more spot in the overall standings. Their 10th-place finish in the 400-freestyle relay behind junior Krystal Karas, senior Katja Hajdinjak, sophomore Allison Greenwood, and junior Katie Moore gave the Mocs the necessary points to finish 18th out of 45 scoring teams with 66 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Moccasins had no one competing in either the 1,650-freestyle or the 100-free, so the 200-backstroke was their first event of the day. Their only swimmer there was senior Peyton Breault who had a time of 2:02.49, which left her just 0.81 seconds short of reaching the B final.
- Up next was the 200-breaststroke where junior Haley DeGrace took part in the morning prelims and had a time of 2:18.71. That was 1.52 seconds away from qualifying for the B final.
- Florida Southern did reach the B final of the 400-freestyle relay and placed 10th with Karas, Hajdinjak, Greenwood, and Moore turning in a time of 3:24.59. That was not only the fastest time of the season for the Mocs this year in the 400-freestyle relay, it was also the best in school history. They broke the previous record by 0.97 seconds, which was set two years ago at the national finals by Kelsey Gouge, Krystal Karas, Britt Aubley, and Rebeka Dics.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Queens (NC) won the Division II national championship for the fourth year in a row, and Drury has been the runner-up in three of those seasons. The Royals out-scored the Panthers 574½ - 401 this year. Nova Southeastern was third with 288 points, Fresno Pacific was fourth with 228, and Oklahoma Baptist was fifth with 209.
- Four of Florida Southern's five relay teams earned either first team or honorable mention All-American honors: the 400-medley on Thursday (11th place), the 200-freestyle on Thursday (12th place), the 800-freestyle on Friday (7th place), and the 400-freestyle on Saturday (10th place). Hajdinjak and Karas were members of all four All-American relay teams, and Breault was part of three. Greenwood and Moore were part of two of those relay teams, and DeGrace was part of one. Hajdinjak was also an honorable mention All-American in the 100-butterfly, and Moore accomplished the same thing in the 1,000-freestyle.
- Florida Southern has finished in the top-20 seven of the last eight years.
- Saturday's individual winners were Georgia Wright from West Chester in the 1,650-freestyle (her second distance title of the meet); Zuzanna Chwadeczko from Drury in the 100-free; Rachel Helm of Northern Michigan in the 200-back; and Bailee Nunn from Drury in the 200-breast (her fourth individual championship of the meet).
- The top swimmers from the SSC on Saturday were Emma Sundstedt from Nova Southeastern in 6th place in the 1,650-freestyle; Natalia Garriock in 10th place from Saint Leo in the 100-free; Courtney DeVeny in fourth place from Nova Southeastern in the 200-back; and Malin Westman in 11th place from Nova Southeastern in the 200-breast.