Men's and Women's Swim Teams Defeat Visiting Conference Rival, Rollins
Jan 26, 2013
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Gasparilla pirates may
have owned the high seas of Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon, but
the Saint Leo University men's and women's swim teams owned the
waters of the Saint Leo Aquatic Center in their victories against
the visiting Rollins Tars. The senior swim meet featured sunny
skies, promotional giveaways, and plenty of chanting for Saint Leo
as the "Liquid Lions" defeated the Rollins men, 183-72, and the
With Sunshine State Conference Championships just over two weeks
away, the No. 7 Saint Leo men's team controlled each lane of the
Bowman pool, defeating Rollins in every race of the meet. The Lions
celebrated two outstanding seniors on the day in Carlos
Araque and Michael Cozzi, both of whom were major contributors
in the water.
In comparison, the Saint Leo women, who took the title home in
nine of the 14 events, highlighted their seniors as well. Katie
David, Sarah Earls, and Sandra
Stopczynska each spent a competitive day in the pool as they
enjoyed their last home meet donning the green and gold.
On the men's side, Michael
Cozzi, who earned three wins on the afternoon, jumpstarted the
afternoon with a win in the 1000 Yard Freestyle at a time of
10:04.24. He then snagged the title to the 50 Yard Breaststroke,
and moments later, claimed a victory in the 500 Yard Freestyle with
times of 27.80 and 4:54.12, respectively.
Soon after Cozzi set the bar, freshman Matheus
Assis struck gold, starting with a 51.30 win in the 100 Yard
Butterfly. Minutes later, he finished with a time of 46.55 to
declare a victory in the 100 Yard Freestyle, and soon after,
completed the 100 Yard IM with a time of 51.63 to take home his
third crown of the day.
On the women's side, freshman Erin Bobsein sparked the Lion's
effort with two victories in the meet. Dominating the 50 Yard
Backstroke, she earned a time of 28.67 to claim her first win of
the afternoon, and later, she finished the 100 Yard Backstroke with
a time of 1:00.57 to oust the next-fastest swimmer by nearly five
Senior Sandra Stopczynska also contributed heavily to Saint
Leo's record, claiming two victories in the last home meet of her
college career. Finishing with times of 32.14 and 1:10.27, she took
home the titles to the 50 Yard Breaststroke and 100 Yard
In addition, Kaitlyn Hite, Isabella Bains, Chantal Bouthillier,
and Paula Carvajal each claimed one victory on the day.
While both men and women dominated individually, the Lions'
relay teams excelled as well. For the men, Rhet
Rheinlander, Araque, Keown and Alberto-Requejo claimed the 200
Yard Medley Relay title, while Alberto-Requejo, Cozzi, Assis, and
Rheinlander teamed up to secure the win in the 200 Yard Freestyle
Relay. For the women, Bobstein, Stopczynska, Bouthillier, and Bains
earned the title in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.
In less than three weeks, the Lions will take the next step in
their journey to the NCAA National Championships as they compete in
the Sunshine State Conference Championships in Clearwater, Fla.
Hosted by Nova Southeastern University, the four-day battle is set
to begin on February 13th at 8:00 a.m.