SAINT LEO, Fla. – Hard work. It is a phrase head coach Paul Mangen has emphasized since his arrival at Saint Leo. Apparently, those words are starting to rub-off on his team as they collected 16 school records during the 2009-10 season.
In total, four swimmers set 11 different individual records, while five relay teams also set school marks.
On the achievements Mangen said, "I'm proud of this team and their ability to individually progress in efforts of making the program stronger." He continued, "Their efforts this season will undoubtedly set the tone for next season in our quest to re-write the entire record book."
Three male swimmers were responsible for setting seven individual records, including Derek Maddigan, who posted times of 1:01.39 in the 100 Breaststroke and 2:13.46 in the 200 Breaststroke. His 200 Breaststroke time was nearly nine second better than his previous best effort. He recorded both of his records at the conference meets in Charlotte last month.
Matt Attal was another swimmer on that list, as he shaved three seconds off his all-time best pace in the 1650 Freestyle to touch the line at a pace of 16:36.05, also at the BGMC Champions.
Tim Olson rounded-out the trio by amassing four school marks. He broke his own school record with a time 1:44.62 in the 200 Freestyle and took 10 seconds off the previous record in the 100 Butterfly at the Florida A&M meet with a time 50.55. His final record came at the Sarasota YMCA meet where the junior accumulated a time of 1:55.27 in the 200 Butterfly.
The trio also made their mark in the relay’s as well. Teamed with Kyle Gramm, the group broke the previous mark in the 200 Medley Relay by three-one-hundredths of a second, finishing with a time of 1:38.75.
The same three, plus Alex Rey, upended the all-time mark in the 800 Free Relay with a time of 7:19.44, before Olson, Attal, Gramm, Brian Kiessling bumped the previous mark in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:12.42.
For the women, it was the swimming abilities of Erin Hotchkiss who dominated the scene. Hotchkiss, a Tampa, Fla. native, opened the season by setting the all-time record in the 1650 Freestyle, touching the line at 18:27.58.
She saved her following three performances for the BGMC Championships. Hotchkiss opened competition with a time of 10:52.11 in the 1000 Freestyle and followed that race with superb performances in the 100 and 200 Butterfly. She cracked the under-one-minute marker in the 100 Fly, finishing with a time of 59.43, before posting a time of 2:11.46 in the 200 Fly.
The squad also received a pair of solid performances from their relay teams. Allison Cary, Erin Lucas, Jessica Pall, and Mindy Pierce smashed the school record in the in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (1:43.09) and Hotchkiss, backed by her teammates Lucas, Alicia Thompson, and Alisha Adams, solidified the all-time record in the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:42.89).
The Lions graduate four seniors from last year’s program, but look to regroup as a strong recruiting class will looks to hit the pool in 2010-11.