W. Swimming

Top-Five Start: Women's Swimming Team Ranked #4 in the Country

Off to their first 3-0 start in team history, as well as an impressive showing in the All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville, the Florida Southern women’s swimming team is ranked #4 in the country in the first poll of the season conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

After placing sixth at last year’s NCAA Division II National Championships for their highest finish ever, the Moccasins have started the 2013-14 season with wins over #11 Tampa, Saint Leo, and #25 Florida Tech. All three victories were secured well before the final event of each meet, and Moccasin swimmers have captured 28 of the 33 individual races overall in their dual competition.

In addition to Florida Southern, the CSCAA top-five includes #1 Grand Valley State (MI), #2 Cal-San Diego, #3 Queens (NC), and #5 Wingate (NC). Defending national champion Drury (MO) was #6, and Wayne State (MI) was #10. Those two schools have combined to finish first and second in each of the last five Division II National Finals.

In their three dual meets to this point, nine different Moccasins have picked up individual wins, and the Mocs have yet to lose a race in the backstroke, breaststroke or individual medley. Sophomore Lauren Reynolds (South Elgin, Ill.) has given Florida Southern five wins in the three backstroke events, and also picked up a win in the 200-freestyle in their most recent meet against Florida Tech. Sophomore Kelsey Gouge (Snellville, Ga.) has three victories in the breaststroke and three in the 50- or 100-yard freestyle, and also took first in the 100-IM at Saint Leo for a team-leading seven individual wins.

Sophomore Alli Crenshaw (Marietta, Ga.), who won two individual national championships last year, is off to a strong start this year as well, with wins in three different freestyle events, while sophomore Heather Burns (Lake City, Fla.) has wins in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650.

Florida Southern has also excelled in the medley relay races, where Reynolds, Gouge, and freshmen Alex Ballard (Kingfisher, Okla.) and Cassie Ley (Hilton Head, S.C.) have gone 3-0.

Florida Southern’s next meet will be this Friday in Winter Park against Rollins College at 5 p.m. The Moccasins then close out the first semester at the Nova Southeastern Invitational, December 14-17.

For the complete Division II rankings, click here.

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