MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern's Katie Moore has been selected as the January 21 Sunshine State Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week for her performance in the Moccasins' final dual meet of the regular season against Indian River State. The senior from Phoenix, Arizona is winning the award for the first time in her career after transferring to Florida Southern prior to last season, and she's the first Moccasin women's swimmer to claim that award this season.
Moore became the first Moccasin in more than two years to win three individual events in a meet by taking the 200-free, 500-free, and 1,000-free to account for 27 individual points against Indian River State. She first won the 1,000-free in 10:30.66, her second fastest time of the season for a 2.55-second win over IRSC's Charlie Oberholzer and more than 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Moore followed that with another win in the 200-free, touching in 1:53.58 to beat out IRSC's Camryn Wheals (the nation's top junior college swimmer in the 200-free) by 1.97 seconds. That too was her second fastest time of the season and only three one-hundredths of a second off an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Later in the meet, Moore won the 500-free in 5:06.79, a little over one second away from an NCAA "B" time, which gave her a 1.5-second win over Oberholzer, who ranks second at the NJCAA level in all three distance events. She then anchored the Moccasins' top 400-freestyle relay team, which placed second in 3:39.09, and her split of 54.30 seconds was the fastest among the six anchors in that race.
Prior to Friday against Indian River State, the last Moccasin women's swimmer with three event wins in a single meet was Peyton Breault in a double dual with Florida Tech and Keiser on October 21, 2016. Moore is the first to win three freestyle events in a single meet since Alli Crenshaw won four at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational in December of 2014. She now leads Florida Southern with 11 individual wins on the season (five in the 1,000-free; four in the 500-free; two in the 200-free) and is number one on the SSC times list in the 500 and 200.
Florida Southern's next competition will be at the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Championships, February 21-24, in Clearwater.