February 19, 2011

Lion Swimmers Look For Final Push in Last Day of SSC Championships

Men and Women in Fourth after Day Three

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Saint Leo men's and women's swim teams saw two records fall as the Lions competed in day three of the Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships held at the Central Florida YMCA in Orlando. The Saint Leo women are in fourth place with 333 points, just 25 points behind third-place Rollins; and the men leapfrogged the Tars on Saturday with 288 points.

Men's swimmer Michael Cozzi proved the only medalist on day three, finishing third in the 200 yd. freestyle with a time of 1:41.93. The time, just .43 seconds out of second place, qualified Cozzi for an NCAA Division II "B" standard time. Antonio Roki broke the only individual team record in the 100 yd. backstroke with a time of 52.25.

The Saint Leo men's 200 yd. IM relay team of Roki, Gabe Keown, Derek Maddigan and Carlos Araque also set a new mark for the Lions with a new time of 1:35.48, besting the old mark by three seconds.

Inside the conference, the men's side sees the nova Southeastern Sharks amassing 662.5 points through three days, adding to their distance over second-place Florida Southern, which has 538.5 points. Tampa sits in third place with 504.5 points, while Lions occupy the fourth spot with 288. Rollins ranks fifth with 281.5 points.

With three days completed on the women's side, Tampa has accumulated 650 points. Florida Southern stands in second place with 570 points. Rollins maintained the third slot with 358 points. Saint Leo (333) and Nova Southeastern (280) round out the standings.

The inaugural SSC Championship will come to a close on Sunday, with the first ever conference champion being crowned. Preliminaries will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the finals hitting the water at 5:00 p.m. A complete schedule and full results are available on the "Swimming Championship Central" page on the SSC website.