Four Mocs Win Twice as Moccasins Sweep Panthers in 156-45 Victory

Heather Burns
Heather Burns

MELBOURNE – Call it a clean sweep for the Moccasins. Winning all 11 races, and scoring the maximum points in six of them, Florida Southern rolled to a 156-45 victory over Florida Tech on Friday, with seniors Heather Burns and Kelsey Gouge, and sophomores Peyton Breault and Jacinda Whittenburg all picking up two individual wins apiece.

Both of the wins by Burns came in freestyle events, with the senior from Lake City, Florida taking the 1,000 and 500 for her first wins of the season. Those were also two of the races in which the Moccasins took first, second and third, with junior Riley McClendon involved in both of them as well. McClendon was second in the 1,000 with junior Madi Rowan third, and later in the meet, McClendon was third in the 500 with senior Alli Crenshaw second.

Gouge picked up her wins in the two sprint freestyle races (50 and 100) one week after posting a win in the 100-breaststroke. In each of Friday's events, Gouge finished just ahead of freshman teammate Rebeka Dics, with Moccasin swimmers also in third place. The senior from Snellville, Georgia also helped the Moccasins (who are now 1-0-1 on the season) open Friday's meet by swimming anchor on their 200-medley relay team.

Breault was another Moccasin with two individual wins and one relay, taking the 200-freestyle and the 200-backstroke before swimming the second leg of the 200-freestyle relay. The Moccasins went 1-2-3 in the 200-freestyle, led by Breault, with Crenshaw 1.48 seconds behind her, and junior Leah Haney coming in third. Haney was also the Mocs' #2 swimmer in the 200-backstroke.

Whittenburg matched Breault by winning two races for the second week in a row, this time the 400-IM and 200-breaststroke. The 400-IM was the fourth individual race of the meet, but the first in which the Moccasins did not take the top three spots. They only had two swimmers competing in that one, however, with senior Morgan Burns finishing second. In the 200-breastroke, Burns was third and freshman Haley DeGrace was second.

Florida Southern's ninth solo win came from freshman Krystal Karas, who had helped the Moccasins win two relays against Tampa in the season opener, but notched the first victory of her own against Florida Tech. Karas won the 200-butterfly and still picked up another relay win by swimming the butterfly portion of the 200-medley relay.

Also helping the Mocs' sweep were senior Lauren Reynolds in the backstroke leg of the 200-medley relay, and sophomore Britt Aubley, who anchored the 200-freestyle relay that featured Dics, Breault, and Crenshaw.

The Moccasins' next meet will be a 2-day competition against Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast in Tallahassee on November 6 and 7.