LAKELAND, FLA. – Katie Moore picked up a pair of wins in freestyle events, Haley DeGrace had a pair in the breaststroke events, and Maria Di Bella supplied the Moccasins with another win in the backstroke, but 17th-ranked Florida Southern dropped a 173-88 decision to NCAA Division III No. 3 Emory in its home opener Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Moore earned her first win in the 1,000-free by finishing almost 17 seconds ahead of Emory's Allie Dixon with a time of 10:40.30. Later in the meet, Moore won the 500-free in 5:06.11, which put her 4.62 seconds ahead of Emory's Maria Turcanu. It marked the third time in four dual meets this season that Moore won both the 1,000 and 500, and it gave her a season-high seven wins for the season.
- In addition to her two wins in the 1,000 and 500, Moore made a rare appearance in the sprints by placing third as the Mocs' top swimmer in the 50-free. It was the first time this season she swam that event, turning in a time of 25.33 seconds to finish two one-hundredths of a second ahead of Krystal Karas, who is the Mocs' top swimmer for the season in the 50-free.
- DeGrace got her first win of the night in the 100-breast, swimming that race in 1:07.57 to finish 0.38 seconds ahead of Ashley Daniels and a pack of Eagles. She then won the 200-breast with a time of 2:24.46, coming from behind halfway through the race to beat Edie Bates of Emory by 0.93 seconds. That gave her five individual wins this season.
- Di Bella posted a winning time of 1:01.16 in the 100-back to edge out Hannah Baratz of Emory by 0.31 seconds, with Mallary Meyer placing third in 1:02.12.
- Outside of Moore, Florida Southern's best freestyle performers were Kyra Fraser in the 200 and Grace Sill in the 100. Fraser placed fourth in 2:01.40, swimming the 200-free for the first time this season, with Sill coming in right behind her. Later, it was Sill taking fourth in the 100-free in 55.83 seconds, followed by Rebeka Dics.
- In addition to her performance in the 200-freestyle, Fraser was the top Moccasin in the 200-backstroke as well, placing second to Emory's Gaige Elms in 2:10.72.
- Leading Florida Southern in the butterfly were Madelyn Snodgrass and Kimmy Chang. Snodgrass placed fifth in the 200, and Chang finished third in the 100-fly.
- Dics led Florida Southern by placing third in the only individual medley event, the 200, turning in a time of 2:16.08.
- Emory took the top two places in each of the two relays, the 400-medley relay that started the meet, and the 200-freestyle that ended it. The Mocs' top team in the 400-medley was Di Bella, DeGrace, Dics, and Malin Wallen, who had a time of 4:06.07. In the 200-freestyle relay it was Meyer, Rachel Ringley, Sill, and Allison Greenwood who came in third in 1:42.42.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The only other time Moore has competed in the 50-free in her two years at Florida Southern was last year's Shark Invitational. The senior nearly had an NCAA "B" time, however, last month by swimming a 24.07 on the leadoff leg in the 200-freestyle relay at the Spartan Invitational.
- Four of DeGrace's five wins this season have come in the 200-breast, the most by any Moccasin swimmer in a single event this season. Friday night, however, marked the first time in her career the senior pulled off a sweep in the 100 and 200.
- Fiona Muir and Lucy Daro each won two events for Emory. Muir won the 200-free and 100-free while Daro took the 50-free and 100-fly.
Florida Southern takes on 9th-ranked Nova Southeastern Saturday at 1 p.m. in Davie.