WINTER PARK, Fla. – Both the Saint Leo men’s and women’s swim teams fell in their conference dual swim meet to the Rollins Tars, Saturday evening from the Alfond Swimming Pool in Winter Park, Fla. The men dropped their side of the meet 132-82, while the women were handed a 135-68 loss to the Tars
Overall, the Lions combined for four, first place victories. Tim Olson led the way for the Green & Gold with a pair of wins for the men. The women saw Erin Hotchkiss and Mindy Pierce medal in their respective events.
Matt Attal got things going for Saint Leo, claiming a second place finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle, as he was narrowly edged with a time of 1:50.81. Later, Attal registered the runner-up spot in the 400 Yard Freestyle, posting a time of 5:01.73. Kyle Gramm finished less than a half of a second out of the first place position in the 50 Yard Freestyle, solidifying a time of 23.36.
Tim Olson then exhibited his dominance in the pool, sailing past his opponents and grabbing the first of his two wins in the 100 Yard Butterfly (52.95). He followed that up three events later in the 100 Backstroke. In the heat, Olson excelled at the end edging his opponent by a half of a second, finishing with a time of 55.49. Soon after, Derek Maddigan culminated the individual heats for Saint Leo with a second place showing in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:04.83).
The women couldn’t have asked for a better start as Hotchkiss led from end-to-end in the 1000 Yard Freestyle, culminating the event with a time of 11:16.96 and giving SLU a critical nine points. She then registered a second place finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly, less than a tenth of a second behind Rollins’ Sara McFadden (1.00.94). Erin Lucas added to the Lions’ point total with a second place performance in the 50 Yard Freestyle posting a time of 26.96.
Alicia Adams swam her way to a second place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke before Pierce capped off the Lions’ day with a victory in the final individual event, the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Her time of 1:15.00 was over second better than her nearest competitor.
The men and the women’s teams displayed great individual efforts in the pool, but fell just shy as a team. Still, Head Coach Paul Mangen is eager to continue the learning process as the teams get set for their next competition.
Both squads will take a two week break before opening up action once again from University Pool. Division I opponent Florida A&M University will next challenge the Lions in a dual meet on Saturday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m.