Women Remain Fourth while Men Slip to Fifth
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Saint Leo swim teams saw a few more records fall as the Lions competed in day two of the Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships held at the Central Florida YMCA in Orlando. The Saint Leo women have amassed 191 points, good enough to remain in fourth place; while the men tallied 165 points and slipped from fourth to fifth at the conclusion of the second day's competition.
Although the Lions did not claim any medalist honors in day two, seven individual or relay records were set in the water. Both 200 yd. freestyle relay records fell as the women's team of Maggie Walker, Bianca Muniz, Mindy Pierce and Jessica Pall touched at 1:39.13, four second better than the previous time. The men's 200 free relay saw Gabe Keown, Carlos Araque, Derek Maddigan and Michael Cozzi go two seconds better than the old record time with 1:26.62.
Another women's relay record that went down was in the 400 yd. IM when Muniz, Walker, Alisha Adams and Chloe Pellican posted a time of 4:03.64. The men were not to be out-done as the group of Keown, Maddigan, Cozzi and Antonio Roki touched at 328.82, nearly nine seconds better than the old mark.
Individually, Kristy Marques broke the record in the 500 yd freestyle with a 5:15.38 time, Walker set a 50 yd. freestyle with a time of 23.82 and Keown also set a mark in the 50 yd. free at 21.21.
As far as the meet's progress, the University of Tampa took the lead on the women's side as the Spartans pushed their total to 360 points after 14 events, building a 28-point cushion over second-place Florida Southern (332). Rollins sits in third place with 227 points, while Saint Leo is fourth with 191. Nova Southeastern's tally of 160 is fifth.
Florida Southern picked up four wins in five championship finals on Friday evening in women's action.
Over on the men's side, Nova Southeastern chalked four wins in five championship finals on Friday to extend its lead. With 14 events completed, the Sharks have tallied 380 points to assume a 77.5-point lead over second-place Florida Southern (302.5). Tampa is third with 257 points, while Rollins occupies the fourth slot with 178.5. Saint Leo is currently fifth with 165 points.
Action will continue with preliminaries at 10 a.m. on Saturday and finals at 6 p.m. A complete schedule and full day-two results appear on the SSC's "Swimming Championship Central" page.