FSC Repeat in Men's 400 Medley Relay Highlights Solid SSC Showing at NCAA DII Swimming Championship
|The FSC 400 medley relay team stands atop the medals podium.|
For the second straight year, Florida Southern has a national champion relay team. The 400-yard medley relay team of Jeb Halfacre, Miguel Ferreira, Bruce Janzen and Stephen Swan repeated as national champions Thursday night in Mansfield, Texas, to highlight a solid start for SSC swimmers midway through the DII championship meet.
The Mocs won the title in an NCAA-record time of 3:12.43. FSC's time in the finals topped the previous event record time of 3:12.99, which the Moccasins had also set earlier in the day in the prelims.
Halfacre swam lead off in the backstroke, Ferreira pulled the Moccasins ahead in the breaststroke and Janzen in the butterfly and Swan in the freestyle maintained the lead to the finish. Halfacre, Ferreira and Janzen were members of last year's national champion 400-yard medley relay team.
The national title capped a strong day for the Moccasins, who are in eighth place with 138 points after two days of competition at the Division II Championship. They picked up 42 points in the 200-yard freestyle with four place-winners. Halfacre was fifth in a school-record time of 1:37.06. Stephen Swan was seventh in 1:37.66. Luis Rojas was eighth in 1:38.18, and Allan Gutierrez was 12th in 1:38.85.
Additionally, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Robbie Swan, Ferreira, Rojas and Stephen Swan placed 10th in a time of 1:21.45.
In the first two days of action, SSC swimmers have already captured 25 All-America and Honorable Mention All-America honors in individual events. There have also been four All-America finishes (top 8) turned in by SSC relay teams.
In addition to the Mocs' national title in the men's 400 medley relay, other top SSC performances midway through the championship meet include:
- Tampa's Heather Glenday, who placed second in the women's 1,000 freestyle;
- FSC's Halfacre, who finished third in the men's 200 individual medley;
- A third-place performance by the FSC women's 400 medley relay team of Stephanie Doran, Lisa Menne, Taylor Reynolds, and Rae-Lynn Sheffield;
- NSU's Erin Black and Oskar Nordstrand, who tallied fourth-place showings in the 1,000 freestyles; and
- Glenday and Halfacre's fifth-place finishes in the 200 freestyles.