TAMPA, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men’s swimming team finished just 166 points behind eventual champion Baldwin-Wallace College from Berea, Ohio.  The Lions got wins in seven different events en route to the silver medalist position in the 2009 Saint Leo Invitational at the New Tampa YMCA on Saturday morning.

After a quick win in their first relay, the 200 IM, the Lions saw wins in the first two, and six of the first seven individual events of the day.  Matt Attal posted a five second win in the marathon 1000 freestyle, finishing in 10:19.72.

Following Attal’s win, Tim Olson beat Florida Southern’s Kelly Dorian by .69 seconds to win the 200 freestyle and Jeremy Carusone finished first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.91, besting the field by almost a second.

Attal again defeated the competition in the 200 fly with a top-time of 2:05.28 and Donnie Maclary followed that up with a quick win in the 50 free with the only under-23 second time at 22.97.

After that, it seemed the Lions extensive training program they had undertaken since the New Year may have caught up to them as they only would win one of the last seven events. The final win, which was not surprising to any in attendance, came as Attal again finished atop the 500 free standings, his finish .04 seconds better than the second place opponent.

Six Lions would finish on the medalist stand throughout the day, good enough to solidify the team’s second-place finish.

After playing host, the Lions now travel to the University of Tampa to participate in a Sunshine State Conference tri-meet against the Spartans, and Rollins College.  The meet is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 a.m. in Tampa, Fla.