NCAA Division III National Champs Down Florida Southern in Women’s Swimming to Start Spring Semester

Jacinda Whittenburg
Jacinda Whittenburg

LAKELAND, FL – With Jacinda Whittenburg winning the 200-breaststroke and finishing as runner-up in the 200-IM, and Rebeka Dics and Krystal Karas each picking up a second and third in their individual races, Florida Southern fell to defending NCAA Division III national champion Emory 140-65 on Friday.


  • Whittenburg's win in the 200-breast broke up an Emory shutout as she defeated Ashley Daniels of Emory by 0.55 seconds, and Haley DeGrace came in third, exactly half a second behind Daniels. That gave the Moccasins 12 points, the most of any event, but not their best in terms of top finishers.
  • Florida Southern took three of the top four positions in the 200-free, which was won by Cindy Cheng of Emory in 1:53.96. Coming in second, third and fourth for Florida Southern were Katja Hajdinjak, Katie Moore, and Peyton Breault, with Hajdinjak 1.28 seconds behind Cheng.
  • The Mocs nearly had another such finish in the 200-IM, where Whittenburg clocked in at 2:09.27 to finish second to Ming Ong by 0.48 seconds. Dics was third and DeGrace was fifth.
  • After her third-place showing in the 200-IM, Dics finished second in the 100-free, swimming that race in 54.18 seconds. That put her less than two-tenths of a second ahead of Karas, who was third. Lacy Daro won for Emory in 53.85 seconds.
  • Karas also had a second-place finish in the 50-free, making her the Moccasins' top sprinter overall on Friday. Emory's Fiona Muir won in 25.04 seconds, with Karas coming in at 25.22.
  • In the lone backstroke event of the meet, Breault was runner-up by 0.56 seconds in the 200-yard race where Cheng earned her second individual win of the day for Emory.
  • Kimmy Chang, who was the Moccasins' number two finisher in the 200-back, was their top performer in the 200-butterfly, coming in third behind Rebecca Upton and Maria Kyle.
  • The Moccasins' top distance swimmers were Allie Kaufmann in the 1,000 and Katie Moore notching her second third-place finish of the meet in the 500.
  • Emory won both relay events, taking the 400-medley by 1.95 seconds over Florida Southern's top team, and the 200-freestyle by a scant 0.03 seconds.


  • Whittenburg has won the 200-breast in three of the last four meets where that event was held (Tampa, Florida State, and Emory). She also won the 200-breast last year against Emory, as well as the 200-IM.


Florida Southern will be right back in the pool Saturday when it hosts Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m.