Garriock gets to the podium twice on day one SSC Swim meet

Natalia Garriock, Annie Lindstrom, Maftuna Tuhtasinova, and Nicole Weber took third place in Thursday's 200 Medley Relay at the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Natalia Garriock, Annie Lindstrom, Maftuna Tuhtasinova, and Nicole Weber took third place in Thursday's 200 Medley Relay at the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Saint Leo junior Natalia Garriock made a pair of podium appearances on the first day of competition at the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

Garriock finished third in the women's 50 Freestyle with an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 23.24 seconds, with freshman Annie Lindstrom just a fraction of a second behind in fourth place with a time of 23.50 seconds.

Garriock made her second podium appearance of the day just two events later, when they were part of Saint Leo's third-place team in the 200 Medley Relay. Sophomore Maftuna Tuhtasinova, senior Nicole Weber, Garriock, and Lindstrom swam the four relay legs in that order, clocking an NCAA "B" standard time of 1:44.31

In the men's 200 Medley Relay, the Saint Leo team of junior Milosz Mikicin, freshman Henrik Dahrendorff, junior Hunter Bains, and freshman Luka Vulic finished fifth with an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:30.23 – nearly a second-and-a-quarter better than their seed time coming into the meet.

In Thursday morning's preliminaries, Weber turned in Saint Leo's best time in the women's 200 Individual Medley (2:09.87), and was joined by Tuhtasinova and sophomore Sidney Martin in the evening session's 200 IM consolation race. Dahrendorff was 20th overall in the preliminaries of the men's 200 Individual Medley race, and was Saint Leo's top finisher in the event.

Bains had Saint Leo's best showing the men's 50 Freestyle with a time of 20.54, missing a spot in the finals by just .05 seconds and racing in the evening consolation race where he placed 15th overall.

Freshman Charlie Langner had Saint Leo's best time in the women's 1000 Freestyle, touching the wall in 10:46.81, while freshman Logan Lamb clocked the top time in the men's 1000 Freestyle with a mark of 10:07.14.

Friday's events on the schedule include the 400 IM, 200 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Medley Relay.

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2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships
Team standings after day one

Men:
1. Nova Southeastern - 198
2. Florida Southern - 172
3. Florida Tech - 141
4. Tampa - 140
5. Saint Leo - 38
6. Rollins - 34

Women:
1. Nova Southeastern - 211
2. Tampa - 179
3. Florida Southern - 118
4. Saint Leo - 95
5. Lynn - 70
6. Rollins - 39
7. Florida Tech - 39