TAMPA, Fla. – Two members of Florida Southern's junior class, Peyton Breault and Jacinda Whittenburg, got off to a strong start Friday night with a pair of individual wins, and sophomore Krystal Karas had two runner-up finishes, but the FSC women's swimming team fell to the University of Tampa, 118-87.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern won three of the first five races Friday night and trailed by only three points, but Tampa won the next three to take control of the meet.
- The Moccasins then won back-to-back races before the Spartans took the finale for the final margin.
- Breault won the 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle in her only individual races and also swam the backstroke leg for the Moccasins' winning 400-medley relay team, which defeated Tampa by 1.57 seconds. That relay was the first race of the meet and gave the Mocs a split in the two relays contested with the Spartans later taking the 400-freestyle relay.
- Whittenburg took the 400-IM and 200-breaststroke as an individual and was on the breaststroke portion of the Mocs' second 400-medley relay team that finished third with a 2.68-second margin over Tampa's #2 team.
- Karas helped the Mocs' 400-medley team to its meet opening win by swimming the butterfly leg, then went on to finish second in the two sprints, the 50- and 100-freestyle, behind Tampa All-American Marisa Barton.
- The Moccasins also got a runner-up finish from senior Kourtney Gavin in the 200-butterfly, and its 40-freestyle relay team that featured freshman Allison Greenwood, junior Britt Aubley, senior Leah Haney and junior Allie Kaufmann.
- Florida Southern had two of the top three swimmers in the 200-free (Breault and Haney), the 50-free (Karas and sophomore Rebeka Dics) and the 200-breast (Whittenburg and sophomore Haley DeGrace).
- Senior Madi Rowan was the Mocs' top swimmer in the 1,000-freestyle, placing fourth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Breault won two races against Tampa for the second year in a row, as did Whittenburg. Breault won two backstroke events last year before taking two freestyle events this year. Whittenburg won the 200-breast and 200-IM last year.
- This marked the 13th year in a row Florida Southern's first dual meet of the season was against Tampa.
- Florida Southern will host Florida Tech and Keiser in its first home meet of the season next Friday at the Hollis Wellness Center beginning at 2:00 p.m.