Saint Leo Swimmers Begin Competition in NCAA Championships

Saint Leo Swimmers Begin Competition in NCAA Championships

Matheus Assis finishes fifth in 50 yard freestyle final; Men tied for 15th 

GENEVA, Ohio – Saint Leo University's representatives at the NCAA Division II men's and women's swimming and diving championships began competition today at the SPIRE Institute. Four men and two women made the trip to take part in the four day event. 

Highlighting today's competitors for the Lions was Matheus Assis who finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.06. Assis advanced to the final with a eighth place finish, and a time of 20.29 in the preliminaries. 

Also competing in the 50-yard freestyle was Milton Alberto-Requejo who finished 42nd with a time of 20.85 and Gabriel Keown who finished 45th with a time of 20.93 in the preliminaries. 

The men finish the first day in a tie for 15th in the team standings with 14 points. They are joined by Southern Connecticut State and Indianapolis. 

On the women's side, Stephanie Martinez recorded an 18th place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:19.07.

Nicole Weber also competed and posted a 19th place finish in the 200 intermediate with a time of 2:06.44. 

The championships continue tomorrow and run through Saturday.

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Saint Leo head swimming coach Paul Mangen congratulates Matheus Assis after his fifth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle finals.