INDIANAPOLIS – Alli Crenshaw tacked on another individual All-American finish to her résumé Saturday night and then helped Florida Southern to more All-American awards in a relay race as the Moccasins closed out the 2015 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in 14th place out of the 41 schools that were represented.
For the third year in a row, Crenshaw was an All-American in all three of the distance events, capping this year's meet with a 4th-place finish in the 1,650-freestyle (16:51.74). The junior from Marietta, Georgia was third in the 1,000 on Wednesday, and eighth in the 500 on Friday, making her the top distance swimmer from the Sunshine State Conference in all three races.
The 1,650 was the first race on the final day of competition, and the 400-freestyle relay was the last. There, the Moccasin contingent of junior Kelsey Gouge (Snellville, Ga.), sophomore Cassie Ley (Hilton Head, S.C.), and freshman Peyton Breault (Jacksonville, Fla.), along with Crenshaw in the anchor position, placed 11th. Their time of 3:27.62 was the Mocs' best of the season in that event.
In between the 1,650 and the lone relay on Saturday's program, the Moccasins were unable to get anyone through to the finals in the 100-freestyle or the 200-backstroke. Gouge and Ley were eliminated in prelims in the 100-freestyle, and junior Lauren Reynolds (South Elgin, Ill.) was knocked out in the backstroke race. The Mocs did not have any national qualifiers in the 200-breaststroke.
At the end of the night, their 105 points put them in 14th place, 4½ behind 13th-place Tampa, and 13 ahead of 15th-place Clarion (PA). SSC rival Lynn was 16th with 85 points.
Queens (NC) won its first national championship in women's swimming by out-scoring Drury (MO) 540½ - 489½. The best previous finish for the Royals was third at last year's NCAA Finals. Another North Carolina school, Wingate, was third this year with 320 points, while Nova Southeastern from the Sunshine State Conference was fourth with 216. Wayne State (MI), which was last year's national runner-up, rounded out the top-five with 211 points.