INDIANAPOLIS – Three more members of the Florida Southern women's swimming team added their names to the list of All-Americans this year as the Moccasins' 800-freestyle relay team of senior Krystal Karas, junior Kyra Fraser, junior Mallary Meyer, and senior Katie Moore finished 11th on day three of the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. It marked the ninth year in a row the Moccasins earned All-American honors in that event.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Karas, Fraser, Meyer, and Moore (who already had one All-American finish earlier in the meet) swam their heat in the morning, posting a time of 7:31.19 that was good for fourth at that juncture in the day. With only eight teams scheduled to swim in the final heat Friday night, it meant Florida Southern was assured of scoring points, it was only a question of where they would finish. After Queens won the relay, the Moccasins ended up 11th. That gave Karas her third career All-American award in the 800-freestyle relay and ninth relay award overall. She teamed up with Moore for one of those in 800-free last year. Fraser and Meyer, meanwhile picked up their first All-American certificates.
- The Moccasins had two swimmers competing in individual events Friday, with Moore in the 500-freestyle and Haley DeGrace in the 100-breastroke. Moore had a time of 4:59.90, but did not advance beyond the prelims, and DeGrace had a time of 1:04.42, but was also eliminated in prelims.
- Individual winners on Friday were West Chester junior Georgia Wright in the 500-free, Queens junior Polina Lapshina in the 100-backstroke, Drury junior Bailee Nunn in the 100-breast, and Drury freshman Tori Sopp in the 200-fly. Wright won her second event of the week and beat Nova Southeastern's Emma Sundstedt in the 500 by 0.13 seconds. Lapshina won her third event, adding the 100-back to earlier titles in the 50-free and 100-fly. Nunn picked up second win after taking the 200-IM on Wednesday.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Queens (NC) remains in the lead with 497 points with one day remaining at the championships. Drury is still second with 281 points, West Chester is now third with 200, Nova Southeastern is fourth with 173½, Cal-San Diego is fifth with 159, and Tampa is sixth with 147. Florida Southern is tied for 26th out of 44 scoring teams.
The 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships conclude Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals in five more events that night at 6 p.m.