February 15, 2013

Lions Remain Fourth in Day Three of Conference Championships

CLEARWATER, Fla. – It was another huge night for the Saint Leo swim teams as the third day of the 2013 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships as both teams sit in fourth place as the championships moved into its final day.

The Lions' women started the third day off with a solid fourth place finish in the 200 yard Individual Medley Relay as they placed ahead of Rollins and in doing so broke the school record by two full seconds, going 1:49.47.

The Saint Leo men followed suit in their half of the 200 IM Relay by placing third and breaking their own school record by 2.5 seconds, going 1:30.90.

Men's swimmer Pawel Trenda, building on his record-setting tournament, built a wedge between the entire field in the breaststroke leg of the 400 IM that was insurmountable.  It was a record-setting conference and meet record time of 3:52.96, nearly two seconds ahead of the previous record.  Trenda also finished tops in the consolation finals of the 100 Breat, going :57.70.

In the 100 Fly, Chloe Pellican won the consolation final as she broke the minute barrier, going :59.59 and securing valuable points for the team total.

Matheus Assis won the 100 Fly in thrilling fashion, breaking the conference meet record and silencing his competition with a time of :48.73, narrowly missing the overall conference record by .04 of a second in a mark ironically set by teammate Pawel Trenda.

The men's 200 Free final featured Michael Cozzi earning a fifth place finish, breaking the 1:40 barrier, going 1:39.69.

In the 'earning valuable points' category for the Lions were Sandra Stopczynska, Paula Carvajal and Bianca Muniz with their 100 Breast consolation finals finish. Erin Bobsein also put a fifth place finish on the board in the 100 Back to pick up points for the Lions.

The men's 100 Back showcased Rhet Rheinlander in the finals heat as well.

"What a fun night to be a Lion!" Head Coach Paul Mangen said.  "Both the men and women were phenomenal tonight from start to finish. The women's relays were clutch by beating both Rollins relays and the men posted a time that is top 15 and put themselves on the podium for the third time."

"Pawel and Matheus continue to break SSC records and when they won back-to-back, in addition to Chloe's fly win in the consultation final, it was pretty fun to be a part of. All of these kids work so hard for so long and for them to be rewarded for their efforts is very gratifying."

Mangen finished, "We need to continue to get ourselves prepared for each race because we still have a lot of work to do to finish what we've started"

Tampa leads the women's field with 634 points.  Nova Southeastern is second with 596, while Florida Southern is third with 497.  Saint Leo sits in fourth with 231 points.  Rollins is fifth with 205.  Lynn (173) and Florida Tech (160) round out the standings.

On the men's side, Florida Southern is first with 657 points.  Nova Southeastern is second with 535 points.  Tampa is third with 506, while Saint Leo is fourth with 327 points.  Florida Tech (208) and Rollins (168) complete the standings.

Action will conclude at the Long Center on Saturday, with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and conference champions crowned in the finals at 5 p.m.