No. 21 Moccasins Begin Second Semester with Setback to D-III Top-Ranked Emory
LAKELAND – Junior Jacinda Whittenburg picked up a pair of individual wins and had a narrow second-place finish in another race, while Emory had three swimmers pick up multiple individual wins to lift the Eagles to a 173-86 win over the Moccasins. It was the first race of the new semester for the 21st-ranked Moccasins and it came against the seven-time defending Division III national champions.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In her first race of the day, Whittenburg finished second in the 100-breaststroke by 0.44 seconds to All-American Annelise Kowalsky, a 13-time All-American at the D-III level. She then defeated Kowalsky by 0.48 seconds in the 200-breast. Her winning time of 2:20.20 tied her with sophomore Haley DeGrace for the best time of the season for the Mocs in that 200-breast.
Whittenburg and Kowalsky went head-to-head one more time in the 200-individual medley where Whittenburg won by 0.62 seconds. It marked the third time this year she won the 200-breast and one of the individual medleys in the same meet.
The Moccasins got a pair of second-place finishes from junior Peyton Breault in the 200-freestyle and 200-backstroke, with Cindy Cheng, an All-American in five events last year, winning both of those races for Emory.
Sophomore Rebeka Dics and senior Kourtney Gavin each had one runner-up finish, with Dics finishing second in the 50-free to Marissa Bergh, and Gavin placing second to Fiona Muir in the 100-fly. Their runner-up finishes came to a pair of Emory swimmers who combined to win 11 All-American awards at last year’s Division III National Finals.
Sophomore Krystal Karas was the Mocs’ top performer in two events, the 200-fly and the 100-free, while senior Madi Rowan was the top Moccasin in the 500-free and 1,000-free.
Freshman Mallary Meyer earned Florida Southern’s top place in the 100-back where she was third, just beating out junior Allie Kaufmann for that spot.
Sophomore Rachel Ringley anchored both of Florida Southern’s best relay finishes in the meet, with the 200-medley and 200-freestyle teams each placing third.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Weather played a role throughout the meet, with rain falling through much of the early afternoon and temperatures dropping into the mid-50’s by the final events.
Emory won the national championship in all five relay events last year and every swimmer who helped the Eagles win those titles is back this year and swam against the Moccasins.
Florida Southern will be on the road next Saturday, January 14, to face third-ranked Nova Southeastern at 2 p.m.