Assis Named National Swimmer of the Week over Holiday Break

Assis Named National Swimmer of the Week over Holiday Break

SOMERS, Wis. - Matheus Assis has earned the Philip Hunsaker Men's Division II Swimmer of the Week as it was announced by the organization.  He earns the NCAA Division II for the period over the Christmas holidays. 

Assis collected two NCAA automatic qualifying times and two NCAA provisional qualifying times at the Nova Southeastern Invitational. He swam the 50-yard freestyle preliminary with an NCAA automatic qualify time of 20.02 seconds. This time also tied his original SSC and Saint Leo school record set last year, while also setting a meet record.

In the 100-yard freestyle preliminary, Assis set another conference, school and meet record with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 43.89 seconds. Both his 50- and 100-yard freestyle times are currently the fastest in Division II this season.

The native of Brazil recorded an NCAA provisional time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.32 seconds. His time also set conference, school and meet records. Assis was the lead leg for the 400-yard freestyle relay team that captured an NCAA provisional time of 3:00.29 for second place in the race.

Assis and the rest of the Lions' men's and women's swim teams have returned to campus and will be celebrating the New Year preparing for the Orange Bowl Classic on January 3, 2014.  Saint Leo will begin the meet in Key Largo, Fla. at 2 p.m.