Women's Swimming Earns Fifth-Place Finish at SSC Championships

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's swimming team finished the 2012 Sunshine State Conference Championships in fifth place with a final score of 307, Saturday afternoon at the Long Center in Clearwater, Fla.

Nova Southeastern took home the top spot, collecting 932 points over the four-day Championship event.  The Sharks edged out second-place Tampa by a mere 11 points, with Florida Southern coming in third with 683 points.  The Lions were just 70 points behind Rollins, who claimed fourth, while Florida Tech rounded out the results in fifth with 126 points.

Notable finishes by the Lions over the four day event included a fourth-place finish for Sandra Stopczynska in the 100-Yard Breaststroke, touching with a time of 1:06.24, good for NCAA "B" standards, as well as a sixth-place touch for Kaitlyn Hite in the 400-IM with a mark of 4:45.55.

The women opened the final day of action with Lindsay Albanese, Kristy Marques, Sarah Earls, and Katie David swimming in the 1650-Yard Freestyle event.  Albanese took the top finish for the Lions, touching with a time of 18:22.27, good for 13th overall.  Marques was behind Albanese, finishing 14th with a time of 18:36.23.  Earls claimed 15th with a mark of 20:16.75, while David brought home a 17th place time of 23:18.95.

The 200-Yard Backstroke event saw Allison Cary secure a 12th-place finish with a time of 2:18.80, with David pulling in 14th, finishing at 2:45.96.

Bianca Muniz claimed finished the 200-Yard Breaststroke event with a 10th place time of 2:39.18, followed by Sarah Thompson in 13th with a mark of 2:54.92. 

In the final individual event of the day, Chloe Pellican brought in a team-best ninth-place in the 200-Yard Butterfly, touching the wall at 2:12.33.  Albanese and Earls finished 13th and 14th, respectively, earning times of 2:28.16 and 2:49.14.

The Lions concluded the afternoon with the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, which saw Pellican, Muniz, Marques, and Sandra Stopczynska pull in a fifth-place time of 3:45.25.

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