SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s and women’s swim team concluded a great day in the pool by sweeping Florida A&M by the scores of 94-32. Both the men’s and women’s teams were perfect on the day, sweeping each of the 20 events, Saturday afternoon from University Pool. In the process, men’s swimmer Tim Olson secured a new school record in the 400 IM.
For the meet, the Lions posted 16 individual winners and four relay first place finishes. Leading the way for the men’s team was senior Brian Kiessling, as he closed the meet with two wins. Tim Olson was also impressive for the men as he concluded the afternoon with a pair of victories, including a new school record in the 400 Yard IM. Freshman Eric Singer also had a solid afternoon, posting a pair of victories. On the women's side, Jessica Pall and Mindy Pierce each collected two wins in the pool, while five other female swimmers collected one race victory apiece.
The women kicked off the day posting a decisive victory in the 400 Yard Medley Relay, closing with a time of 4:24.23. Shortly after, Pall solidified her first win of the day with a victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle posting a time of 2:06.44. After Erin Lucas staged a win in the 50 Yard Freestyle (26.72), Pierce added to the Lions point total with a victory in the 400 Yard IM (5:02.13) with her first win on the afternoon.
Erin Hotchkiss prevailed in the 200 Yard Butterfly with a time 2:13.36, before Pall wrapped up her second win of the afternoon in the 100 Yard Freestyle (59:11). In the 13th event of the meet, Alisha Adams proved to be a six-second winner over the nearest Florida A&M competitor in the 200 Yard Backstroke (2:17.90). Soon after, Pierce registered her second win, taking home the checkered flag in the 500 Yard Freestyle. Freshman Sarah Earls closed out individual competition with a hard earned win in the 200 Yard Breaststroke.
The men were equally as impressive on the day, as the squad scored the first event win and never looked back. The freshman, Singer, got the ball rolling for the Green & Gold, wrapping up a win in the 200 Yard Freestyle (1:56.36). Kiessling then took center stage, as he edged Alphonso Byrd-Davis to claim the first of his two victories in the 50 Yard Freestyle (24:01). He continued his success four events later in 200 Yard Butterfly, wrapping up a seven second win with a time of 2:14.99.
In between event wins by Kiessling, was a record setting performance by Olson. Olson’s strong effort in the 400 Yard IM (4:17.75) helped him post a time nearly 10 seconds better than the old record set in 2008. Olson struck again after a win by Kyle Gramm in the 100 Yard Freestyle (52.67), as he closed out the 200 Yard Backstroke with a time of 2:07.13. Following Singer’s victory in the 500 Yard Freestyle, Derek Maddigan concluded the day by finding the winner’s circle in the 200 Yard Breaststroke.
On the team’s performance, Head Coach Paul Mangen stated, “Today we showed good team cohesion, especially with multiple swimmers competitng in non-typical events.” He continued, “We demonstrated the ability to stay focused on the task at hand and we look forward to competing in the midseason invite next week.”
The Lions take to the pool again next Friday, November 20th as they compete in the Sarasota YMCA Tom Herrington Invitational. Both teams will hit the pool at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, before 8:30 a.m. sessions on Saturday and Sunday.