SAINT LEO, Fla. – Head Swim Coach Paul Mangen has released the Lions 2010-11 swim schedule. Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in seven total meets, including five away races and two home contests. The schedule is not complete, however, as dates for their midseason and winter training sessions are still being discussed.
Under the tutelage of Mangen, the Lions enjoyed tremendous success in the pool in 2009-10, as the team broke 13 team and individual records. Now Mangen looks to extend that success beyond the record book and into creating an environment of winning races. The Lions will get their chance to prove their abilities in the pool as the team will embark on a difficult schedule both out-of-conference and in the newly reformed Sunshine State Conference.
The Lions will begin their season with a trip to Winter Park, Fla. to take on Rollins in conference action (10/30). The meet is set for 11:00 a.m. from the Alfond Swimming pool.
A week later, both squads will open home action at the Bowman Center Pool in a dual meet with Florida Southern (11/05). SSC rival Tampa awaits the Lions the following day, as SLU completes back-to-back home dual meets.
The team puts its traveling shoes on once again in a return visit to Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla. Last year, both the men’s and women’s teams earned 94-32 victories over the Division I Rattlers’ squad. The meet is scheduled for November 13 with a 2:00 p.m. shotgun start.
The Lions welcome in the New Year by means of a second showdown with Florida Southern. The two conference foes will square off at the Hollis Wellness Center pool in Lakeland, Fla. on January 15 at 11:00 a.m.
The Lions conclude their conference schedule in a dual meet face-off with Nova Southeastern. Nova is entering their inaugural season as a swim program but are expected to contend right of the gate. The meet is set for January 22 at 2:00 p.m. from the Don Taft University Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The Sunshine State Conference Tournament (02/10-13) will be the final stop on the tour with place and times still to be determined.
On the season, coach Mangen stated, “This schedule allows us to compete against all other SSC conference schools at least one time. And in such a competitive conference, this is important. All other teams have a national presence so we will be able to consistently evaluate our program’s progress by gauging our competitive endeavors both regionally and nationally.”
Mangen continued, “This season we look to have a well-rounded squad. Although still short on desirable numbers, I feel this group will produce results that are equal to, or better than goals originally set for the upcoming season.”
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