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Newsum-Schoenberg leads Emory past Florida Southern

Florida Southern's Lauren Reynolds

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Emory, the top-ranked team in Division III, combined to win 11 of the 14 events Friday, led by three individual victories from McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg, in defeating Florida Southern, the fourth-ranked team in DII, 195-67. Newsum-Schoenberg won the 200-yard butterfly in a "B" cut time 2:07.81, in addition to victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Annelise Kowalsky added a pair of event victories, winning both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley.

The Eagles' final "B" cut time of the meet came from Elizabeth Aronoff, who notched a time of 2:24.07 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Other individual first-place finishes for the Eagles came from Marissa Bergh in the 200-yard freestyle, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe in the 100-yard butterfly, and Dana Holt and Kristine Rosenberger, who each tied for first in the 50-yard freestyle.

Emory also swept the two relays on Friday, opening the meet with a win from Ellie Thompson, Kowalsky, Rosenberger and Nancy Larson in the 200-yard medley relay and closing it with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle from Jennifer Pak, MacKenzie Brosnahan, Rosenberger and Holt.

For Florida Southern, Lauren Reynolds added two more backstroke wins to her victory total, and Kelsey Gouge won the 100-yard freestyle.

Friday’s result ended the Moccasins’ school-record dual-meet winning streak at nine, but Reynolds extended her own personal winning streak in the backstroke to 10. She won both the 100 and 200 on Friday, beating out Emory’s Ellie Thompson each time. Reynolds has now won the 100-yard backstroke five times this season, and the 200 four times.

In the 100-backstroke, Thompson came into the meet with a slightly faster season-best time than Reynolds, but Reynolds edged her out by three one-hundredths of a second. In the 200-yard race, it was Reynolds who entered with the better time this season, and she ended up with another win by finishing 0.97 seconds ahead of Thompson.

Gouge picked up her fourth consecutive win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.90 seconds that was 0.17 off an NCAA “B” qualifying time. She had already reached a “B” standard earlier this year, and her time on Friday was still strong enough to win the 100-freestyle by three-tenths of a second against Emory’s Nancy Larson.

The Eagles started the meet by winning the first three races, though Florida Southern did get a second-place showing from Heather Burns in the 1,000-yard freestyle, and another second-place finish from Alli Crenshaw in the 200-yard freestyle. The latter race also saw Cassie Ley finish third in her first 200-freestyle of the season, and Burns finish fourth, making it Florida Southern’s best race of the day.

The Moccasins also got third-place finishes from Gouge in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley, and Crenshaw in the 500-yard freestyle. Gouge was competing in the 200-IM for the first time this year, but her time of 2:12.01 has been topped only three times by a Moccasin swimmer this year, including twice by Ley.

The Moccasins are now 4-1 in dual meets this season, while the Eagles improved to 3-2.