Swimming heads to SSC Championship meet

Swimming heads to SSC Championship meet


SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's and women's swim teams begin competition on Thursday in the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships.

Seven women's teams and six men's teams will battle for this year's SSC titles, and will hopefully set or improve upon marks that will qualify them for the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships on March 8-11 in Birmingham, Ala, as part of the 2017 NCAA Winter Festival. The SSC Championships run for four days, concluding Sunday afternoon.

LOCATION: Competition will be at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Fla. The address for your GPS is 8422 International Drive, Orlando, Fla., 32819

FORMAT: Preliminaries begin at 10:00 a.m. on all four days. The finals will be held in an evening session, which starts at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

ADMISSION: Admission charge for adults is $10 per session (reminder – there are two sessions per day…), with an Adult "all-session" pass available for $60. The Adult "all-session" pass includes a program plus copies of all heat sheets.

Admission for children 3-12 is $5 per session or $25 for the Child "All-Session" pass (does NOT include program and heat sheets).

Students from SSC institutions will be admitted free of charge with valid and proper school ID

WOMEN'S MEET NOTABLES: The Saint Leo women's swimming team is looking to head into Sunshine State Conference Championships this weekend with some swagger following an undefeated dual meet season.  

The Lions, who ranked No. 22 in the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)/TYR Division II Swimming & Diving Coaches poll, won all of their duals throughout the season, taking down conference foes, Lynn, Florida Tech, and Rollins twice during the year, and adding a win over Tampa, and a non-conference win over Trinity (Texas) as well.

Other ranked SSC squads include No. 5 Nova Southeastern, No. 19 Florida Southern and No. 20 Tampa.

Saint Leo junior Natalia Garriock comes into the meet with the best times in the SSC in the 50 Free with a 23.37 mark, and the 100 Fly with a time of 54.76. She will also be competing in the 100 Free and the 100 Back.

Freshman Annie Lindstrom will also be competing in the 50 Free, the 100 Free and the 100 Fly. Her 50 Free time is tied for 20th in all of NCAA DII with a 23.46 mark.

Senior Nicole Weber adds another top-20 time as she ranks 19th in DII in the 200 Breaststroke. She will also compete in the 100 Breast, the 200 IM, and the 400 IM.

Maftuna Tuhtasinova will look to lead the Lions in the 100 and 200 Backstroke races, while Carylyn Waite looks to lead in the 200 Free and the 500 Free.

MEN'S MEET NOTABLES: The Saint Leo men's team heads into the Sunshine State Conference Championships as the No. 17 team in the nation. Over the regular season, they tallied wins over conference foe Rollins, and non-conference foe Trinity (Texas).

The Lions were among five Sunshine State Conference men's swimming programs to be included among the CSCAA/TYR top 25.

Nova Southeastern appears in the No. 3 spot in the poll, followed by Florida Southern at No. 7. No. 11 Tampa and No. 14 Florida Tech round out the list of SSC programs in the rankings.

Hunter Bains heads into the meet compete in the 200 Free in which he has the third-fastest time in the conference. He will also race the 100 Free, a race in which he has the fourth-fastest 100 Free time, having a NCAA B-Cut time of 44.63.

Luka Vulic adds depth for the Lions in the 100 and 200 Free races behind Bains, coming in the top 15 in the conference.

Henrik Dahrendorff has also put out top-three times in the SSC this season as he heads into the 200 Breaststroke with the third-highest SSC time of 2:01.16, a NCAA B-Cut time. He will also race in the 100 Breast.

Milosz Mikicin will be competing in three events for the Lions, including his best, the 100 Back. He heads into the SSC Championships with the second-best time of 48.19. He will also race in the 100 Fly and the 100 Free.

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