SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Saint Leo men's and women's swimming teams opened the first day of the eighth annual SCAD Invite (Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design) with a pair of fifth-place showings, Thursday evening from the Chatham County Aquatic Center.
The men compiled 40 points in the five team field, while the women totaled 32 points in the nine-team assembly. The first night featured the 1650 Freestyle and the 800 Yard Freestyle Relay.
Kaitlyn Hite kicked the women's night off with a record-breaking performance in the 1650 Free as she clocked in at a time of 18:13.16, or eight-tenths of a second faster than the previous record. The time was good enough for an eighth-place finish in the 25-person event. Teammate Kristy Marques, who previously held the record, finished ninth and just three-tenths of a second behind Hite at 18:13.42.
The Lions' women also had a group compete in the 800 Freestyle Relay as the team, featuring Hite, Marques, Paula Carvajal and Erin Bobsein, closed with a time of 8:07.33.
With no men competing in individual events on Thursday, the Lions turned all their attention to the 800 Free Relay Team. In what proved to be one of the most dominating performances of the night, Pawel Trenda, Matheus Assis, Milton Alberto-Requejo, and Michael Cozzi took home first place and shattered the previous school mark by nine seconds to close with a time of 6:41.00.
That time was three second faster than their nearest opponent and set the stage for even faster times throughout the weekend.
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