SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No.20-ranked Saint Leo men's swimming team upset No.11 Tampa for the second consecutive year, taking home a 147-115 Sunshine State Conference victory, Saturday afternoon from the Saint Leo Aquatics Center.
"We came out with a good attitude and race mentality," said head coach Paul Mangen. " We didn't back down and swam our race each time. It was good to see us in attack mode as we head into Savannah."
Owning an 11-point lead at the midway point, the Lions used six victories over the second portion of the meet to propel themselves to the upset. In total, Saint Leo amassed 11 event wins.
The Lions broke four records over the course of the afternoon. Matheus Assis started the day with a record-breaking time in the 100 Backstroke as he finished with a time of: 50.06, more than second better than the previous mark. Additionally, Pavel Trenda asserted himself with the best 200 Backstroke time in history as he closed with a time of 1:50.32. Assis struck again in the 100 Yard Butterfly (:50.13) as he nipped the all-time mark by two-tenths of a second. The 400 Yard Freestyle relay group closed-out the meet by edging the previous mark by two seconds at 3:03.82.
Michael Cozzi, who earned two wins, jumpstarted the afternoon with a win in the 1000 Yard Freestyle at a time of 9:42.56. He made it back-to-back wins as he controlled the field in the 200 Yard Freestyle finishing with a time of 1:41.78. Teammate Patrick Ceddia finished runner-up at 1:43.75.
The Lions made it three in a row thanks to Assis' record breaking showing in the 100 Backstroke. Trenda inked another Lions victory in the 100 Breaststroke as he touched in at a time of 56.99.
Gabe Keown led the field in the 50 Free as he clocked in a time of 20.95.The 100 Freestyle also went the way of the homestanding Lions as Milton Alberto-Requejo nipped teammate Keown by one-tenth of a second at 45.90.
After Trenda's record-breaking performance in the 200 Backstroke, Cozzi made is an impressive three wins as he took home honors in the 500 Freestyle. Assis and Trenda wrapped-up individual action with wins in the 100 Butterfly and 200 IM, respectively.
Led by Assis, the Lions put the finishing touches on a solid day of competition with a record-breaking time in the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Saint Leo will return to the pool on Saturday, November 29, whey travel to Savannah, Ga. to compete at the SCAD Invitational. The three day meet is scheduled to get underway at 8:00 a.m. from the Chatham County Aquatic Center.
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