May 31, 2012

Lions’ Swimming Shines in 2011-12

SAINT LEO, Fla. –Two months after concluding the 2011-12 season, Men's and Women's Swimming Head Coach Paul Mangen has had the opportunity to reflect on the successful season that was.

A campaign highlighted by impressive performances at the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA Championships, Mangen's men and women compiled numerous accolades which punctuated the fruitful year.

Numbers wise, the squad pulverized 16 team records, earned six SSC Swimmers of the Week awards, one Counsilman-Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week, and a final ranking of No.22 according to CSCAA.  

Both squads' SSC records have also seen a vast improvement over the previous three seasons, going from 0-6 in 2009-10, to 9-5 in 2011-12.

Mangen was quoted as saying, "As a coach, when I assess the team and the program, my aim is to build and grow from what we've done in the past. I feel we continue to hit that mark each year. What I was most impressed with was the amount of leadership and growth that can be found through our upper classmen. While we lose a great deal of talent and leadership with our four graduating seniors, our future upperclassmen have developed a strong resume which demonstrates the Core Values at Saint Leo University. We've been able to develop great leadership through dedication, hard work, patience, all with a focus on real-world preparation. As we look to solidify next fall's incoming class, I am excited about the collaboration between our current leaders and the incoming talents as this will shape the future success of this program. We continue to strive for well-rounded student-athletes as they prepare for the world post Saint Leo."

Individually, multiple Lions have earned school, conference, and national accolades. Below is a complete list of those accomplishments.

Allison Cary 

  • SSC swimmer of the week

Katie David

  • Fall and Spring Dean's List
  • Presidents Club
  • Elaine Evans Spirit of Saint Leo Award
  • Republican National Convention scholarship
  • "Who's Who" amoung Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • National College Athlete Honor Society

Sarah Earls

  • Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Scholarship
  • Fall and Spring Deans list
  • Most Outstanding Student in International Business Award
  • Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society
  • National College Athlete Honor Society
  • Women in Sports Scholarship recipient
  • Presidents Club

Biance Muniz

  • Personal Development Award Winner

Kristy Marques

  • Spring Dean's list

Chloe Pellican

  • Spring Dean's list
  • Graduate of Leadership Saint Leo

Sandra Stopczynska

  • Spring Dean's list
  • SSC Swimming of the Week
  • Excellance Award

Kieran Advena

  • Community Award Winner

Michael Cozzi

  • National College Athlete Honor Society
  • Counsilman-Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week
  • Excellence Award Winner.

Gabe Keown

  • SSC Swimmer of the Week
  • Personal Development Award

Michael Marino

  • Graduate of Leadership Saint Leo

Tim Olson

  • Two-time SSC Swimmer of the Week
  • First team All-SSC
  • NCAA All-American Honorable mention
  • Saint Leo University Male Athlete of the Year Award

Luigi Zenere

  • "Who's Who" Amoung Students in American Universities and Colleges 

For more on the Lions' swimming program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.