Austin, Texas (November 8, 2007) – Freshman Matt Attal (Tampa, Fla.), a member of the Saint Leo University men’s swimming team, won the individual race (5k) and the team championship last Saturday in the American Swimming Association Open Water National Collegiate Championship on Lake Travis.

Attal was a one-man team and in the process of winning, his time of 59:38 was a course record. The South Region championship race will be held next year at Saint Leo, while the national race is set for Austin again.

Two swimmers from the Lions’ team joined together to form a team and finished third overall. Freshmen Alisha Adams (Conway, S.C.) was ninth overall with a time of 1:03.32, while freshman Jessica Pall (Osprey, Fla.) was 13th.