Stopzynska, Walker Earn Top Finishes, but Lions Unable to Top Tampa, 201-61

Stopzynska, Walker Earn Top Finishes, but Lions Unable to Top Tampa, 201-61

TAMPA, Fla. – Freshman Sandra Stopczynska and junior Maggie Walker touched first in one event apiece, but it wasn't enough to pull the Saint Leo women's swim team past the University of Tampa Spartans on Saturday afternoon at the University of Tampa Swimming Complex.

Tampa handed the Lions a 201-61 Sunshine State Conference loss, winning 10 individual events and both relays.

"I'm excited that our teams had the opportunity to swim well against a great opponent," said head coach Paul Mangen.  "We are constantly raising the bar with our expectations and demands, and the results mirror our efforts both collectively and individually."

In her first matchup with the Spartans, Stopzynka came in first in the 100-Yard Breaststroke, touching with a time of 1:08.77.  The Warsaw, Poland native also finished with a time of 2:27.55 in the 200-Yard Breaststroke, good for second place.  Walker brought in the top-time in the 50-Yard Freestyle event, earning a time of 24.89.

"We circled this meet on the calendar and made sure we put a lot of focus on it," Mangen concluded.  "Although the women were not as fortunate as the men, they raced well, supported each other, and put together some impressive times.  We focused on the areas we wanted to improve on, and at the end of the day it's that personal growth that matters."

The Saint Leo women's swim team returns to the starting blocks on December 1-3, when they travel to Savannah, Ga. to swim in the SCAD Invitational, hosted by the Savannah College of Art & Design.  For the latest news, information and updates on the Lions, visit