BIRMINGHAM, AL – Florida Southern had a limited slate of competitors on day three of the NCAA Division II National Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, but one of them still put the Moccasins on the scoreboard with their first points of the meet after a series of close calls on day two. Doing the honors for the Moccasins was the 800-freestyle relay team of juniors Peyton Breault and Jacinda Whittenburg, and sophomores Krystal Karas and Rebeka Dics who posted the Mocs' best time of the season in that event.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The first race of the day was the 500-freestyle where Breault was the Moccasins' lone swimmer but did not advance beyond the morning prelims where she had a time of 5:07.45.
- With no one swimming in the 100-backstroke, the next competitors for Florida Southern were sophomore Haley DeGrace and Whittenburg in the 100-breaststroke. DeGrace posted a time of 1:03.35, but that left her 0.42 seconds short of qualifying for the consolation finals, and Whittenburg had a time of 1:04.57.
- With no swimmers in the 200-butterfly either, the Moccasins' next and final event of the day was the 800-freestyle relay where Breault, Whittenburg, Karas and Dics had a time of 7:31.46 that surpassed the Mocs' previous season best mark by more than four seconds. With the 800-freestyle relay one of the events being contested in a series of heats rather than prelims that led into a finals session, the Moccasins were sixth out of the 23 teams that were swimming early. With only eight teams left to swim in Friday night's finals, it meant the Moccasins were assured of scoring points and they ended up with six after a 14th-place finish out of 31 teams.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Queens (NC) held on to its lead over Drury (MO) in the overall teams standings, and will take a 349-305 advantage into the final five events Saturday. Wingate (NC) remained third with 253 points and Nova Southeastern jumped from seventh to fourth with 182 points. Lindenwood (MO) fell one spot to fifth with 179 points.
UP NEXT: The final day of the National Finals begins Saturday morning with prelims at 11:30 Eastern Time, and the finals in five events get underway at 6:30 p.m. EST.