CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Saint Leo men’s and women’s swimming teams finished competition at the Blue Grass Mountain Conference Championships, Saturday afternoon from the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, hosted by Wingate University. The men finished with 97 points and an 11th-place finish, while the women also locked-down an 11th-place showing with 107 points.
On Saturday, the fourth and final day of swimming, the Lions competed in five different events including, the 1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, and the 400 Freestyle Relay.
On the women’s side, Sarah Earls was the lone competitor for SLU in the 1650 Freestyle. She finished 20th overall, clocking in with a time of 19:46.49; shaving nearly 15 seconds off of her previous best time. In the 200 Backstroke, Alisha Adams finished 10th out of 23 swimmers and two spots out of the championship bracket with a time of 2:10.75. Her teammate Jessica Pall was a 20th-place finisher, ending the race with personal best time of 2:14. 97.
Up next, a pair of swimmers competed in the 200 Butterfly. Erin Hotchkiss finished eighth out of 24 competitors and registered a spot in the championship bracket. Her preliminary time of 2:11.46 broke the previous school record by two seconds, a record Hotchkiss set earlier this season. Mary Strand concluded the event with a time of 2:26.93.
Their women’s 400 Freestyle Relay team finished one spot out of the top-eight, as the quartet of Hotchkiss, Adams, Alicia Thompson, and Erin Lucas punched in with a school record time of 3:42.89.
For the men, Matt Attal exploded on to the scene with a seventh-place showing in the 1650 Free. His time of 16:36.05 eclipsed his previous school mark by more than three seconds, originally set in the 2009 version of the conference championships.
Alex Parada punched in a time of 2:09.12 in the 200 Backstroke, while Derrick Maddigan snapped his own school record in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:14.14. He finished 11th of 24 racers and three spots out of a top-eight finish.
In the 200 Butterfly, Tim Olson concluded action ahead of nine other swimmers in 15th-place and a time of 1:57.33. The squad concluded the championships with a ninth-place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The foursome squashed the previous school originally set in 2009 by more than one second at 3:12.42.
The championships end a rollercoaster season on a high note. The future looks bright, however, as the Lions return all but four members to next season’s squad.
Also, a full release of records set and individual best times set during competition will be released in the near future.