CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 17, 2012) - Led by Leandra Lima on the women's side and Mike Weinstein for the men, Rollins' swim teams held their positions on day three of the Sunshine State Conference Championships Friday.
The Tars' women have totaled 257 points to stand in fourth place, 22 points ahead of Saint Leo heading into the final day Saturday. In the men's division, the Tars have earned 200 points and sit fifth, 95 back of fourth place Saint Leo.
Nova Southeastern leads both men's and women's divisions, leading Tampa 653-620 for the women and outscoring second place Florida Southern 652-567 for the men.
Lima finished fourth her specialty, the 100-yard backstroke, posting a NCAA Division II B cut time of 58.67. Less than three seconds separated Lima from first place and she was just .02 seconds away from the medal stand.
Earlier in the day, Lima teamed with Katie Gentsch, Christine Bianco and Samantha Sigaty to finish fourth in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:51.47.
In the 400-yard IM, Anna Rosessler took 10th in 5:15.67, followed by Kelsey McKnulty in 11th (5:16.63). Bianco finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:01.27 while Kelsey Murtha was 12th in 1:01.50. Chandler Armistead finished 13th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.88 and Gentsch was ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke, stopping the clock at 1:10.48.
Weinstein led Rollins' men, finishing ninth in the extremely fast 200-yard freestyle. He earned a NCAA Division II B cut time of 1:41.21 in the event that saw the top-13 placers all make the B cut.
Weinstein joined Scott Barbee, Taylor Powers and Tim Simpson to finish fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.52. Simpson to 15th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.30 while Mark Danielson was 12th in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:23.92.
The 2012 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships will conclude Saturday, Feb. 18 from the Long Center in Clearwater.
DAY 2 RECAP
CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 16, 2012) - Rollins' 200 freestyle relay medaled and the 400 relay squad set a new school record to highlight Rollins' day at the 2012 Sunshine State Conference Championship.
Through 14 events, Rollins women have totaled 151 points and sit in fourth place. Nova Southeastern leads the way with 391, followed by Tampa (330) and Florida Southern (260). The Tars men are fifth with 143 points, trailing first place Nova Southeastern with 398, Florida Southern (312), Tama (252) and Saint Leo (173).
On the women's side, Rollins started the day with a trip to the medal stand as Leandra Lima, Jessica Spiegel, Stephanie Decker and Samantha Sigaty took third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.54. Lima, Katie Gentsch, Christine Bianco and Jenny Nilson later teamed to set a new school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing fourth in 4:04.90.
Individually, Sigaty was 15th in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.19 while Lima was right behind in 16th with a time of 25.26. Nilson earned a spot in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle, taking 12th in 5:11.49.
For the Tars men, the 200-yard freestyle finished fifth as Michael Weinstein, Scott Barbee, Nate Burn and Taylor Powers stopped the clock at 1:25.69. Barbee, Powers, Garrett Graham and Tim Simpson later finished sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:36.77.
Weinstein finished 12th in the 50-yard freestyle in a NCAA Division II B cut time of 21.24 while Mark Danielson finished 13th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.37.
The 2012 SSC Swimming Championships continue through Saturday at the Long Center in Clearwater, Fla.
DAY 1 RECAP
CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 15, 2012) -Rollins, headlined by its distance crew, saw its women finish the first day of the Sunshine State Conference Championships in third while the men sit fourth.
Grace Alexander posted the best swim of her career, finishing fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle in a NCAA Division II B cut time of 10:40.08. Jenny Nilson was 11th in 10:56.34 with Anna Roessler taking 17th (12:15.50) and Ashley Terr coming in 18th (12:48.74).
Rollins 800-yard relay team of Nilson, Chandler Armistead , Christine Bianco and Jessica Spiegel took fourth in a time of 7:57.88.
On the men's side, Brian Sanborn led Rollins in the 1000 with an eighth place finish and NCAA Division II B cut time of 9:54.69. Daniel Mazur was 10th in 9:57.73 and Mark Danielson took 12th with a time of 10:08.38.
The Tars 800-yard relay team finished fifth as Sanborn, Mike Weinstein, Nate Burn and Mark Danielson stopped the clock at 7:06.78.
Rollins' women totaled 58 points and are 26 behind Tampa, but four up on Saint Leo. The Tars men earned 59 points to sit four back of Tampa.