WINTER PARK, FLA. – Behind two individual wins from senior Katie Moore in the 500 and 1,000-freestyle, and a pair of relay victories that both included 50-freestyle winner Krystal Karas, No. 17 Florida Southern opened the 2018-19 season by downing Rollins College, 128-77, Friday afternoon. The dual meet victory marked the debut for new Florida Southern head coach Andy Robins.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Moore won both of her individual events Friday by taking the 1,000-free in 10:47.63 to finish 14.48 seconds ahead of Rollins' Grace Hansen. She later earned a 6.04-second win over the Tars' Sydney Willis in the 500-free, by swimming that race in 5:12.15. Moore wasn't quite finished, however, teaming up with Karas, Malin Wallen, and Rebeka Dics to win the 200-freestyle relay in the final event of the day, with the Moccasins coming out ahead by 2.18 seconds.
- Karas was part of the Moccasins' first win of the day in the 200-medley relay, serving as the freestyle anchor on that team which won by more than five seconds. Maria Di Bella, Haley DeGrace, and Mallary Meyer swam the first three legs, giving the Mocs a winning time of 1:48.75. Karas then won the 50-free by finishing 0.22 seconds ahead of Dics, with her closest Rollins competitor four-tenths of a second off the pace.
- In addition to her win as part of the 200-freestyle relay, Walin picked up an individual win as well. The former junior college All-American captured the 200-IM in 2:09.67, taking the lead over Willis on the second leg and going on to finish 1.2 seconds in front.
- DeGrace also had one relay win and one individual win, picking up her own in the 200-breaststroke. The Tars had no one within 15 seconds of DeGrace, with Florida Southern freshman Kris Davis finishing second as the only other Moccasin competing in that event.
- Kyra Fraser gave Florida Southern another win in the 200-backstroke, swimming that race in 2:09.65 for a 1.61-second margin over Rollins' Marisa Gingerich.
- Two of the Tars' three wins came from Beatriz Olivieri in the 200-free and 200-fly. The Moccasins' top swimmers in those events were freshman Grace Sill, who was runner-up in the 200-free, and Madelyn Snodgrass, who placed third in the 200-fly. The Tars' final win came from Maya Thompson in the 100-free where she edged out Dics by nine one-hundredths of a second.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Moccasins never came close to trailing after taking the top three positions in the 200-medley relay that started the meet, though they could only claim points from the first two. That 13-2 scoring margin was as close as it got. In two of the three events Rollins, the Moccasin still took second and third, with Sill and freshman Erin McCann doing that in the 200-free, and Meyer and Allison Greenwood doing that in the 100-free.
Florida Southern will be right back in the pool Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. dual meet at Saint Leo.