CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 17, 2012) - Rollins' men's and women's swim teams both posted strong finishes Saturday, taking fifth and fourth respectively at the Sunshine State Conference Championships.
The Tars men earned 283 points with Nova Southeastern totaling 908 in a championship effort. Florida Southern (827) finished runner-up, followed by Tampa (758) and Saint Leo (445).
On the women's side, Rollins collected 377 points on the weekend, out distancing fifth-place Saint Leo by 70 points. NSU scored 932 points to also take the women's crown while Tampa (921) was second and Florida Southern (683) third.
On the final day, Mike Weinstein highlighted the Tars performance with a deep NCAA Division II B cut and new school record. He started the day swimming a time trial in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a time of 52.25 to beat Jackson Nicholson's previous mark by nearly two seconds. The junior also posted a B cut in a very fast 100-yard freestyle event, finishing seventh in 46.03.
Danielson finished 10th in the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:50.67. Scott Barbee took 11th in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:57.98 and Garrett Graham was 15th in the 200-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 2:14.85.
Leandra Lima led the Tars women with an eighth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:10.05. She closed the weekend joining Jessica Spiegel, Samantha Sigaty and Jenny Nilson to finish fourth in the 400-yard freestyle in 3:37.77.
Spiegel finished 13th in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 54.71 with Sigaty taking 14th in 55.42.
Rollins totaled its most points in the 200-yard breaststroke, led by a ninth place finish from Katie Gentsch (2:38.60). Ashley Terr was 11th in 2:52.90 and Carsyn Crane was 12th in 2:52.94. Kelsey Murth was 10th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:14.18 while Kelsey McNulty-Kowal was 12th in 2:25.21.
Grace Alexander swam to a seventh place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle in a NCAA Division II B cut time of 17:49.47 while Nilson was 10th in 18:05.76.
The event concluded the Tars 2011-12 season.
DAY 3 RECAP
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.
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).
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.
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.