Halfacre Repeats As SSC Athlete Of The Year
For the second straight year, the Moccasins' Jeb Halfacre is the Sunshine State Conference Male Athlete of the Year. At the NCAA Division II Swimming Championship, he posted even more impressive numbers this year than he did last year when he won the SSC award.
At the Division II Championship in March, he won the 200-yard backstroke for the third consecutive year in an NCAA-record time of 1:43.41. He swam the leadoff leg on the 400-yard medley relay team, which won a national championship for the second straight year, setting an NCAA record with a time of 3:12.43, and on the national championship 800-yard freestyle relay team, which also set an NCAA record with a time of 6:27.73.
In addition to his national championship performances, he was second in the 100-yard backstroke, third in the 200-yard individual medley and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle to help lead the Moccasins to a third-place finish at the national meet.
At the SSC championship, Halfacre won the 200-yard backstroke in a meet-record time of 1:44.77 and swam leadoff on four winning relay teams, all of which set meet records.
For the season, he was undefeated in the 200-yard backstroke, set six FSC individual and three relay school records, set one SSC individual and four relay SSC records and set one individual NCAA record and two NCAA relay records.
He is the 13th Moccasin student-athlete to win the SSC Male Athlete of the Year Award.
Nova Southeastern's Abbey Gittings was the SSC Female Athlete of the Year. At the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship, she was the individual national champion and helped lead the Sharks to their fourth consecutive national team title.
Voting for the award was done by the league's athletic directors, senior woman administrators, sports information directors and faculty athletics representatives.