CLEARWATER, FLA. – Florida Southern's Katie Moore and Nova Southeastern's Emma Sundstedt went head-to-head in another tight SSC Championship race Friday night, and this time Moore flipped the results in her favor. The Moccasin senior held off the SSC's defending champion down the stretch to win the 200-freestyle and give the Moccasin women's team their first gold medal of the meet. Florida Southern is now in fifth place in the overall standings halfway through the meet.
Moore had earned a silver medal on Thursday after finishing second to Sundstedt in the 1,000-free but a little more than 24 hours later their positions were reversed. Moore posted a time of 1:48.54, putting her 0.69 seconds ahead of Sundstedt, who won the 200-free last year in a meet-record time. Moore is the first Moccasin women's swimmer to win a gold medal since 2016, and the first to win the 200-free since Alli Crenshaw in 2014. She didn't quite make it to Mary O'Sullivan's school record of 1:48.23 that has stood for eight years, but it did put her second on the Mocs' all-time list.
The Mocs also got a sixth-place finish and an additional NCAA provisional qualifying time from Krystal Karas in the 200-free, making it their best event of the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern placed fifth in the 200-freestyle relay with Maria Di Bella, Mallary Meyer, Allison Greenwood, and Karas putting together a Moccasin season-best time of 1:35.36. Tampa won the gold medal in 1:31.93, which was nearly two seconds ahead of Nova Southeastern.
- The Moccasins got their next points from Kyra Fraser in the 400-IM where she placed 13th in a season-best time of 4:33.08. Nova Southeastern freshman Sasha Maslova, who won the 200-IM on Thursday, completed the sweep by taking the gold medal in 4:16.21 to set a new conference and meet record, breaking the previous record set by Nova's Courtney DeVeny last year.
- Rachel Ringley was the Moccasins' top performer in the 100-butterfly, reaching the consolation finals and placing 16th overall in 58.39 seconds. Nova Southeastern's Elizabeth Zubero won the event in 55.48 seconds by finishing 0.24 seconds ahead of Tampa's McKenzie Street.
- Moore and the 200-freestyle swimmers were up next and she got scoring help in that event from Karas who finished sixth in 1:52.52. That too was an NCAA "B" time, the second of the meet for Karas.
- The night ended with the 400-medley relay, and the Moccasins finished fifth there behind the team of Di Bella, Haley DeGrace, Ringley, and Moore. Their time of 3:50.32 was the Mocs' best of the season by more than 2½ seconds. Tampa won the 400-medley relay in 3:44.96, ending a four-year run by Nova Southeastern.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Tampa was able to expand what had been a two-point lead over Nova Southeastern to 27 at the halfway point of the meet (482-455). The Spartans won both relays Friday and the Sharks won two of the three individual events. Lynn moved up to third with 188 points, but that's just eight more than Saint Leo, and 10 more than Florida Southern. Rollins is still in sixth place with 157 points, and Florida Tech is seventh with 148.
Day three of the SSC Championships is Saturday at the Long Center with prelims at 10 a.m., and finals at 6 p.m.