Crenshaw Now 3-for-3 at Shark Invitational; Win by Reynolds Helps Moccasins Re-Claim Second

Crenshaw Now 3-for-3 at Shark Invitational; Win by Reynolds Helps Moccasins Re-Claim Second

DAVIE – Alli Crenshaw made it 3-for-3 on Saturday with her third individual freestyle win of the meet, Lauren Reynolds gave Florida Southern another win in the 100-backstroke, and both swimmers helped FSC to a third-place finish in the 800-freestyle relay as the Moccasins re-claimed second place in the team standings at the Shark Invitational.

Crenshaw won the 1,000-freestyle on Thursday and the 200-freestyle on Friday before taking the 500 on Saturday. The junior from Marietta, Georgia set meet records in all three and hit NCAA automatic qualifying times in two of them, including the 500. Her winning time of 4:51.35 was also a school record, breaking the mark she set two years ago, and it was a 4.67 margin of victory over Tampa's Brit Bayes.

In addition to Crenshaw's automatic qualifying time, the Moccasins got three provisional times from junior Heather Burns (Lake City, Fla.) who placed third, sophomore Elizabeth Fris (Holland, Mich.) who was seventh, and freshman Peyton Breault (Jacksonville, Fla.). Breault won the B final, giving the Mocs four of the top swimmers in the 500-freestyle.

Reynolds then gave Florida Southern another individual win in the 100-backstroke with an NCAA "B" time of 55.70 seconds. The junior from South Elgin, Illinois won by 2.14 seconds over Tampa's Allison Chandler, as Chandler prevented the Moccasins from taking the top three positions in the race. Sophomores Alex Ballard (Kingfisher, Okla.) and Lily Rose (Rockley, Barbados) were third and fourth respectively for Florida Southern.

Though swimmers from Lynn University finished 1-2 in the 100-breaststroke, Florida Southern was the only one of the six schools in the meet to get more than two swimmers into the A finals of that event. Junior Kelsey Gouge (Snellville, Ga.) was the Mocs' top finisher in fourth place, with sophomore Cassie Ley (Hilton Head, S.C.) in seventh, followed by junior Morgan Burns (Hilton, N.Y.) and freshman Jacinda Whittenburg (Lakewood, Colo.). Gouge and Ley were able to reach the NCAA "B" standard with their times.

Nova Southeastern took the top two spots in the 200-butterfly with Florida Southern earning three spots in the A finals of that race. Sophomore Kourtney Gavin (Jacksonville, Fla.) was the Moccasin leader in eighth place, with Ballard and senior Catie Carden (Hixson, Tenn.) following her.

In the final event of the night, Florida Southern achieved an NCAA "B" time in the 800-freestyle relay, finishing just six-tenths of a second behind second place Tampa, and 3.2 seconds behind the top team from Nova Southeastern. The Moccasin team of Crenshaw, Reynolds, Breault, and Ley had Florida Southern more than 14 seconds ahead of the remaining nine teams in the relay.

In the team standings, Florida Southern overtook Nova Southeastern for second place behind Tampa. The Moccasins have out-scored the Sharks by two points in the meet (990½ -988½), and out-scored them 351-307 on Saturday. Tampa continues to lead with 1,234½ points.

Sunday marks the final day of the Shark Invitational with prelims starting at 10:00 a.m., and the finals getting underway at 4 p.m.