February 17, 2012

Lions Hold Steady in Standings after Day Three of SSC Championships

CLEARWATER, Fla. – After day three of the Sunshine State Conference Championships, the Saint Leo men's swim team remains in fourth place, posting a score of 295, and the women sit in fifth with a score of 235 after participating in the 200-Yard Medley Relay, 400-IM, 100-Yard Butterfly, 200-Free, 100-Breaststroke, and 100-Yard Backstroke events at the Long Center in Clearwater, Fla.

Nova Southeastern leads both men's and women's divisions, leading Tampa 653-620 for the women and outscoring second place Florida Southern 652-567 for the men.

The women's team saw two different squads take to the starting blocks in the 200-Yard Medley Relay.  Katie David, Kristy Marques, Lindsay Albanese, and Sarah Earls picked up a sixth place finish with a mark of 2:06.49, while the group of Allison Cary, Sandra Stopczynska, Chloe Pellican, and Bianca Muniz claimed 12th with a time of 1:52.80.

Kaitlyn Hite took home a sixth-place time of 4:45.55 in the 400-Yard IM, followed by Allison Cary in ninth (5:05.34), and Earls (5:16.64), Sarah Thompson (5:37.42), and David (6:09.91) claiming 12th, 13th, and 14th spots, respectively.

Pellican was the lone Saint Leo female swimmer in the 100-Butterfly, taking home 14th with a mark of 1:02.66.

Concluding the day for the women's team, Stopczynska took home a "B" cut time in the 100-Yard Breaststroke, finishing in 1:06.24.  Pellican, Muniz, and Marques touched in 10th through 12th, respectively, as they brought in times of 1:11.17, 1:11.83, and 1:13.48.  Thompson touched 15th, finishing at 1:23.62 to close out the competition for the Lions' women's squad for the third day.

The men's squad opened the day with a fourth place finish in the 200-Yard Medley Relay as Rhet Rheinlander, Derek Maddigan, Gabe Keown, and Tim Olson earned a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:32.69.  The foursome of Antonio Roki, Michael Cozzi, Joe Simpson, and Troy Beck touched with a time of 1:37.79 in the B-Final, finishing 12th overall.

In the 400-Yard IM, Michael Marino and Rheinlander finished 11th and 13th, respectively, with times of 4:22.99, and 4:31.06.  Marino also collected 14th in the 200-Yard Breaststroke, finishing at 1:02.45. 

Olson touched at the 50.39 mark in the 100-Yard Butterfly, earning NCAA "B" standards, and finishing fifth in the event.  Keown grabbed 11th in the same event, hitting the wall with a time of 51.56.

Cozzi finished eighth in the 200-Yard Free event, finishing with a "B" standard time of 1:41.27.  Carl Roycroft and Derek Maddigan, finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-Yard Breaststroke, touching with times of 58.42, and 59.16.

Rounding out the day were Rheinlander, Roki, and Beck in the 100-Yard Breaststroke.  Rheinlander took ninth with a mark of 52.19, followed by Roki at 13th (53.97), and Beck at 15th (55.40).

The 2012 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships will conclude Saturday, Feb. 18 from the Long Center in Clearwater.  For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo men's and women's swim teams, visit saintleolions.com.