Moccasin Swimmers Win Four National Championships
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 11, 2011) - Led by national championship efforts from Mary O'Sullivan and Jeb Halfacre, the Florida Southern swimming team made an impressive showing at the NCAA Division II Championships Mar. 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas.
O'Sullivan claimed two individual national titles, winning the 200-yard backstroke in an NCAA-record time of 1:56.90 and capturing the 200-yard freestyle in a school-record time of 1:48.23. She also had a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke and swam leadoff on four relay teams that each had a top ten finish. She finished the meet with a total of seven All-America certificates.
Halfacre successfully defended his national championship of a year ago in the 200-yard backstroke, winning the event in a school-record time of 1:45.02.
Halfacre also swam leadoff on the 400-yard medley relay team that won a national championship in a school-record time of 3:14.91. His teammates on the relay team were Miguel Ferreira, Bruce Janzen and Walter Rumans. Halfacre also had a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke and swam leadoff on two other relay teams that had top five finishes. Like O'Sullivan, Halfacre finished the meet with a total of seven All-America certificates.
The FSC women, who placed seventh with 182 points, earned a total of 28 All-America certificates by seven swimmers. Competing for the women, in addition to O'Sullivan, were Cara Potter, Rae-Lynn Sheffield, Anna McIntyre, Lisa Menne, Taylor Reynolds and Missy Witt.
The FSC men, who placed eighth with 200 points, earned a total of 25 All-America certificates by six swimmers. Zach Edwards and Alex Peterson competed for the men, in addition to Halfacre, Ferreira, Janzen and Rumans.