Sunshine State Conference Championship Meet
Thursday, February 16 | 10: a.m. – Sunday, February 19 | 5:00 p.m.
Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center – Orlando, Fla.
The Rollins men’s and women’s swimming teams will take the quick trip to the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center to compete for the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships. The meet will run from February 16 through February 19. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each morning, followed by finals at 6 p.m. for those who qualify in the top-16 in each event. Sunday’s finals will begin at 5 p.m.
The Tars last took to the pool, for their senior meet against Lynn on January 28, prior to the competition they celebrated four seniors, Kylie Klotzbach, Rachel Acers, Benjamin Gebauer, and Branford Rimbert.
Women: The Tars took seventh in the 2016 SSC Championships, and will look to improve on that finish this weekend.
Sophomore Grace Hansen will attempt to lead Rollins, as she is projected to reach the finals in three events. The school record holder in the 400 Individual Medley is seeded fourth in the event. The Baltimore, Maryland native is also slotted eighth in the 200 Yard Butterfly and 16th in the 200 Yard Backstroke.
Makenzie Grider joins Hansen with three projected top-16 finishes. The sophomore, who set the school record in the 500 Yard Freestyle earlier this season, is seeded ninth in the stroke. The Tars most prominent distance swimmer is also predicted ninth in the 1000 Yard Freestyle, with a fast time of 10:37.23. Grider’s highest projected finish is in the 1650 Yard Freestyle, where she is currently slotted sixth.
Four other Tars are anticipated to reach the top-16 in their own events. Erin Hartigan joins Hansen on the 400 Yard Individual Medley docket, with a season best time of 4:42.79. Taylor Wilks, who holds three school records has been slotted 11th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Her season best time of 1:07.77 in the event is just three seconds off her school record time of 1:04.49. Cara Dealy will also join Hansen in the pool, as the freshman will look to advance in the 200 Yard Butterfly. Jade Grimes will swim with Grider in the 1650 Yard Freestyle, where she is predicted to finish 15th with a time of 19:08.52.
The Tars will also be fielding a pair of teams in the 200 Yard Medley, 200 Yard Freestyle, 400 Yard Medley, and 400 Yard Freestyle Relays, and one team in the 800 Yard Freestyle Relay.
Men: Rollins finished sixth at the 2016 Championship Meet, and will be ready to swim fast after almost a month away from competition.
Freshman Luiggi Reno will look to lead the Tars, with a trio of top-16 projections. The school’s 200 Yard Breaststroke record holder is slotted eighth in the event, 13th in the 400 Yard Individual Medley, and 14th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Fellow Freshman Peter Haddad joins Reno as the only Tar with multiple top-16 predictions. The Melbourne, Florida native will look for positive showings in a pair of backstroke events where he is anticipated to finish 13th and 14th in the 100 Yard and 200 Yard events respectively.
A quartet of Rollins swimmers are expected to make one final apiece. Raoul Rajani, the school record holder in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, will join Reno in the event where he is slotted 16th. Rajani’s top time of the season was 59.32, while his record sits at 57.95. Ailin McCullough heads into the 200 Yard Butterfly seeded 15th with a fast time of 2:05.22 on the year. Arron Nestor will look to pull a few upsets as he is projected just outside the top-16 in three events, the 1000 Yard Freestyle, the 500 Yard Freestyle, and the 400 Yard Individual Medley. The junior distance specialist is projected to make the cut, however, in the 1650 Yard Freestyle. Jack Gabriel will join Nestor in the 1650 Yard Freestyle event, where he produced the 16th fastest time on the year.
Identical to the women the Tars’ men’s team will also be fielding a pair of teams in the 200 Yard Medley, 200 Yard Freestyle, 400 Yard Medley, and 400 Yard Freestyle Relays, and one team in the 800 Yard Freestyle Relay.
Results will be posted on SunshineStateConference.com after each session.
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