SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Saint Leo University women’s swim team (3-1) finished fourth in last weekend’s Savannah College of Art and Design Invitational in Savannah, Ga. The team finished with a three-day score of 337 in the 35-event meet, 155 points ahead of their nearest competitor.
Alisha Adams began the invitational on a good note placing 12th (19.40.28) out of 29 swimmers in the 1650 Yard Freestyle, giving the Lions their first five points of the day. The team collected another 18 points in the 800 Yard Relay finishing ninth of in the group of 17 racing, finishing with a time of 8:23.43.
The strong start put the Lions in fourth place at the end of the first day of action. Their consistent swim kept them in that position for the remainder of the invitational.
Still, SLU had many strong individual efforts during the next two days,
Adams bursted out of the gates Saturday morning, collecting a ninth place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:04.15.
Soon after, Julie Carusone began to stake herself as the best women’s swimmer in the pool, coasting past the competition in the 400 IM with a time of 4:35.19, more than 14 seconds ahead of the closest opponent. She picked up her second individual event win in the 200 Yard Breaststroke touching the wall with a time of 2:25.13.
Carusone, along with Adams, Mary Strand and Erin Lucas helped the Lions earn a fifth place finish in the 400 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 4:11.96.
The senior solidified her third and fourth victories of the weekend in the 400 Yard IM (4:38.51) and the 200 Yard Breaststroke (2:25.31). Her fifth victory came in the 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:05.52 and following an Adams fifth-place finish in the 200 Yard Backstroke, Carusone claimed a SCAD Invitational meet record with her sixth individual victory of the weekend in the 100 Yard Breaststroke clocking in with a time of 1:07.28.
Saint Leo closed out the invitational with a fourth-place showing in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.
Competition for SLU included host school SCAD, who finished first with 1405 points. Wingate University M&W placed second with 813 points and Darton College collected 466 points for a third place finish. Agnes Scott College, Rollins, Catawba and Brenau University rounded out the eight-team meet.
The Lions return to the pool January 3 at the Daytona Invitational at Daytona Beach Community College. The first event is set to begin at 12:00 pm.