Nova Southeastern takes top-15 tussle
Sharks top Florida Southern, end league season undefeated
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern claimed the final conference victories of the season Saturday against Florida Southern before heading into the SSC championship.
The No. 13 men (6-3, 4-0 SSC) defeated the No. 11 Moccasins 97-90, while the No. 11 Shark women (5-5, 4-0 SSC) boosted their record with a 113-74 victory against the 12th-ranked Mocs. The Sharks hit their stride at the end of conference action, claiming eight NCAA B-cut qualifying times between the two sides.
Leading off for the Sharks in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle and claiming the victory was Rebecca Bergen with a time of 18:03.57. It was part of a 1-2-3 sweep along with Marie Hanft and Kelsea Smith.
The women’s 200 free featured two Sharks at the top with B-cut qualifying times. Erin Black grabbed first with a time of 1:54.83 and was followed by Lauren Chapple with a second-place time of 1:55.71. Chapple continued her success in the 200 butterfly with her second victory and B-cut time of 2:08.73.
The women’s 500 free featured three Sharks claiming the top three spots. Black claimed the No. 1 slot with her second B-cut time of the day, finishing at 5:03.21. Bergen then placed second with a time of 5:20.61 and pulling in third was Hanft with a finishing time of 5:21.64.
In the men’s 500 free, Jonas Grundstrom captured the win with a B-cut qualifying time of 4:37.51 and Chris Norris claimed second in 4:44.63. The men’s second B-cut time of the meet came from Armin Hornikel, who won the 100 free in 46.66.
To finish out the meet in the men’s 1,650 free, the Sharks swept the podium again with more B-cut finishing times. Grundstrom won with his second B-cut of the meet captured at 16:08.31. Addison Cates grabbed second place with a B-cut qualifying time of 16:16.99 and while Oskar Nordstrand was third in 16:22.93.