WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s and women’s swim teams swept the Rollins College Tars by the combined score of 228-180 at the Alfond Pool in Winter Park, Fla. The men (2-1) won their heat 106-99, while the women (2-1) lapped the Tars 122-81.
Freshman Jeremy Carusone won three individual heats, including the 200 IM (2:03.52) and the 100 Backstroke (57.45). Carusone’s nine points in the 100 Breaststroke win, proved to be the difference in the overall match-up, touching the line in 1:06.10, five-tenths of a second ahead his opponents.
Tim Olson and Donnie McClary matched each other in individual wins with two a piece. Olson, took heat wins in the 100 Butterfly (53.22) and the 200 Freestyle (1:47.14), while the senior McClary out-swam the Tars with wins in the 50 Freestyle (22.17) and the 100 Freestyle (50.51).
Matt Attal put the exclamation point on an excellent day of men’s swimming by setting a new program record in the 1000 Freestyle (9:50.98). The sophomore finished second in the heat, while surpassing his own record set in February 2008 at the Sunshine State Championships (10:02.81). His time was just four seconds off National “B” cut standards.
The women enjoyed another successful day in the pool as well, securing seven individual wins. Sophomore Erin Hotchkiss posted three of those wins, including victories in the 200 Freestyle (2:04.15), 100 Butterfly (1:02.94) and the 500 Freestyle (5:35.05).
Senior Julie Carusone once again dominated in the 200 IM (2:09.34) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.10). Her time in the Individual Medley was seven seconds faster than the closest competitor, while her time in the Breaststroke was even more impressive, touching the line eight seconds ahead of the nearest Tar.
Alicia Thompson out distanced herself from the pack in the 50 Freestyle, clocking in with a time of 26.11. Erin Lucas added another nine points to the Lions’ total by clinching a victory in the 100 Freestyle placing a time of 56.52 on the board.
The 200 Yard Medley team of Alisha Adams, Carusone, Lucas and Thompson cracked the 2:00 minute mark in their heat with a time of 1:54.45.
Both the men and women return to the pool on November 14, as they travel to FAMU. The heat will begin at 4:00 pm.