CLEARWATER, FL – Florida Southern picked up its first gold medal of the 2018 Spartan Invitational as Katie Moore captured the 200-freestyle with one of the nation's fastest times this season, pushing the Moccasins one spot higher as a team on day two of the four-day meet.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern's top 200-freestyle relay team finished sixth in 1:35.80, with Maria Di Bella, Allison Greenwood, Mallary Meyer, and Rebeka Dics giving the Moccasins their best time of the season in that event. Tampa took gold with a time of 1:32.65, winning by just under one second over Indian River State.
- Kyra Fraser was Florida Southern's only swimmer in the 400-IM, the first individual race of the night, and placed 10th in 4:34.25, her best time of the season. Tampa's Courtney Sherwood was the 400-IM winner in 4:24.95, and the first six came from either Tampa or Indian River State.
- Dics scored for Florida Southern in the 100-fly by reaching the consolation final after achieving a new season-best time for the Moccasins during the prelims. Tampa had the top three swimmers in the 100-fly, led by individual champion Anja Oca in 55.63 seconds. Two of her teammates tied for second, and the top four swimmers were within 0.26 seconds of each other.
- With only two events remaining Sunday night, and the Moccasins still in fifth place in the team standings, Moore pushed them ahead of Saint Leo by winning the 200-freestyle. She clocked a 1:50.16 for a one-second win over Nova Southeastern's Emma Sundstedt, the 2018 NCAA Division II bronze medalist. That was not only the fastest time for any Moccasin swimmer this year in the 200-free, it was the fastest for anyone in the Sunshine State Conference and stands eighth on the Division II times list this season based on times entering this weekend. It gave Moore an NCAA provisional qualifying time as well, something Krystal Karas also achieved for the Mocs at the Panther Invitational in November.
- The night ended with Florida Southern's top 400-medley team of Di Bella, Haley DeGrace, Dics, and Karas finishing seventh in 3:52.87. They shaved almost eight seconds off their previous best time of the season. Nova Southeastern won the 400-medley relay in 3:46.81, which was 0.72 seconds ahead of Indian River.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Moore was on the opening leg of the 200-freestyle relay for the Moccasins C team in that event, and her time of 24.07 seconds was .02 away from an NCAA "B" time in the 50-free.
- Tampa widened its lead over Nova Southeastern, closing the day with 676 points while the Sharks had 480. Indian River State remained third with 342 points, but Florida Southern and Saint Leo reversed their positions, with the Moccasins now fourth (156 points) and the Lions fifth (132 points). Catawba is sixth with 73 points.
Day three of the Spartan Invitational begins Monday morning with prelims at 10 a.m., and concludes with finals in five events Monday night at 6 p.m.