LAKELAND – Kelsey Gouge and Alli Crenshaw each won a pair of individual races, and Morgan Burns got the Moccasins another win, but 3rd-ranked Wingate used two relay wins to pull out a 107-98 victory over 6th-ranked Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon.
Florida Southern won five of the nine individual races, and in one of those they didn't win, the Moccasins still had the second, third, and fourth-place finishers. The Bulldogs, however, made up the difference by taking the 400-medley relay and the 400-freestyle relay, out-scoring the Mocs by 14 points.
Gouge picked up her two wins in the sprint freestyle events, taking both the 50 and the 100. It was the third time in four dual meets this season that Gouge won both of those races. Her time of 51.99 seconds in the 100 was an NCAA "B" qualifying standard and gave the junior from Snellville, Georgia a 2.12-second win over Armony Dumur of Wingate.
Crenshaw was a winner in the 1,000-freestyle and the 500-freestyle, and also placed second in the 200 to Wingate's Victoria Arkhipova. The junior from Marietta, Georgia won the 1,000 by nearly 10 seconds with an NCAA "B" time, a race that also saw the Mocs take third and fourth with sophomore Elizabeth Fris (Holland, Mich.) and junior Heather Burns (Lake City, Fla.).
The Mocs' final individual win in the 200-breatstroke where junior Morgan Burns (Hilton, N.Y.) finished 0.63 seconds ahead of Wingate's Jessika Weiss.
The Moccasins also got a strong showing in the 200-IM, the race where sophomore Cassie Ley (Hilton Head, S.C.), freshman Jacinda Whittenburg (Lakewood, Colo.) and Morgan Burns finished second, third, and fourth respectively. They later got a runner-up finish from junior Lauren Reynolds (South Elgin, Ill.) in the 200-backstroke.
Florida Southern returns to the pool next weekend for a pair of dual meets on Friday, January 9, and Saturday, January 10. On Friday, the Mocs host Emory at 4 p.m., and on Saturday they travel to Davie to face Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m.