MATCH UPS: Rollins vs Florida Southern | Rollins vs. Keiser
SET UP: The Tars women's swim team will have back to back competition this weekend hosting nationally ranked Florida Southern (No. 17 NCAA Divison II) and Keiser (No. 5 NAIA) at Alfond Pool.
WHO TO WATCH:
ROLLINS: The Tars dropped their season opener against Tampa a week ago. Despite some stellar individual efforts from the Tars newcomers, the home team fell to UT 196-66. Freshman Beatriz Olivieri had a big debut for the Tars, winning the 100-yard butterfly and taking third in the 200-yard IM. Sydney Willis was second in the 200-yard freestyle and later took third in the 500-yard freestyle. Marisa Gingerich took runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke and senior Grace Hansen was second in the 200-yard butterfly.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN: The Mocs welcome new head coach Andy Robins for the 2018-2019 season and are coming off an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Division II National championship. Senior Katie Moore headlines the Mocs returners after being named All-SSC last season. She was 14th in the 1000-yard freestyle at nationals last season. In all, FSC had four individuals and two relays qualify for the NCAA Champoinship. In addition to the national qualifiers and record holders from last year, the Moccasins have two more women's swimmers who have reached the national finals in previous seasons. Senior Rebeka Dics earned All-American honors as a relay swimmer in 2016 and '17 as one of the Mocs' top sprinters and was again a provisional qualifier in the 50 and 100-free last year. Junior Mallary Meyer swam in the 2017 national finals, and last year had NCAA provisional times in the 50-free and 100-back. Along with Dics, Meyer is a returning butterfly swimmer as well.
KEISER: Fresh off a fifth-place finish at last season's NAIA National Championship, Keiser travels to Rollins as the fifth-ranked team in the preseason this year. The Seahawks opened the year at the NSU Shark Invitational, taking fifth place with 958 points. The Seahawks 400-yard medley team of Varvara Klyueva, Ori Freibach, Anna Herbst, and Stefania Sofouli took sixth with a time of 4:06.85. Sofouli was the fourth-place finisher in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:55.89. Herbst came in fourth-place during the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 1:00.87. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Freibach came in fourth after finishing in 1:08.39.
Rollins will hit the road to Fort Lauderdale to take on host team Nova Southeastern in a dual meet with Lynn, October 27 at 12 p.m.
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