ORLANDO, Fla. (February 18, 2017) – Another school record was shattered and Rollins earned a pair of NCAA B cuts to highlight the Tars third day of the Sunshine State Conference Championship on Saturday.
Taylor Wilks set a new school record in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims and bettered that mark in the finals, stopping the clock at 1:03.22 and taking fourth. Going into the day, the junior owned the previous record of 1:04.49 set at last season’s conference championship.
Grace Hansen had a second big day in a row and reached the NCAA B cut in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing sixth in a time of 2:05.23. Cara Dealy was right behind in seventh, clocking 2:06.34.
Makenzie Grider took 13th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:10.95. The Rollins women’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Grider, Erin Hartigan, Dealy and Hansen finished sixth in a time of 7:48.96.
On the men’s side, Arron Nestor had a hand in a pair of top finishes. Individually he was 14th in the 500-yard freestyle, stopping the clock at 4:42.94. The junior then teamed with Luke Waite, Jack Gabriel and Ailin McCullough for a sixth-place finish and time of 7:15.39 in the 800-yard freestyle relay. McCullough added 14th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.55.
Benjamin Gebauer took 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.91.
Both Rollins men’s and women’s teams are sixth in the standings. The Tars women have 186 points and are just 22 back of Florida Tech. The Tars men are sixth with 136 points.
The 2017 Sunshine State Conference championship concludes Sunday at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.
DAY 2 RECAP
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 17, 2017) – Sophomore Grace Hansen twice smashed the school record in the 400 IM to lead Rollins in day two of the Sunshine State Conference Championships on Saturday.
Rollins women are up to 116 point at the midway point of the event, sitting in seventh place just 19 behind Florida Tech. Nova Southeastern leads the field with 445 points while Tampa (408) is second and Florida Southern (287) third.
The Tars men are sixth with 103 points, trailing fifth-place Saint Leo by 40. NSU tops the field with 444 points, followed by Florida Southern (393) and Florida Tech (338).
Hansen finished fourth in the 400 IM, posting a NCAA B cut time of 4:26.63. Earlier in the day she broke the school record she had set earlier in the year by placing fourth in the prelim in 4:28.89. The previous mark was 4:33.76 at the UT Spartans Invitational. Erin Hartigan was 15th in 4:41.40.
The 400-yard Medley relay of Hansen, Taylor Wilks, Cara Dealy and Anna Van Zyverden took seventh in a time of 3:55.04. The mark set a new school record as well, beating the previous mark of 3:57.76 set at last year's SSC Championship.
Rollins 200-yard freestyle relay was just off a B cut, finishing seventh. Wilks, Van Zyverden, Isabel Roche and Kylie Klotzbach stopped the clock at 1:38.88.
Rollins men also set a new school record in the 400 medlay rleay, taking sixth in 3:29.85. Peter Haddad, Luiggi Reno, Ailin McCullough and Benjamin Gebauer bettered the mark of 3:30.12 posted earlier this year.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team was sixth as Gebauer, Branford Rimbert, David Emson and Hunter Lanovoi clocked 1:25.52. Reno took 14th in the 400 IM in 4:08.63 and Gebauer added a 15th-place finish in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.82.
The championship continues through Sunday at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center off of I-Drive. Fans who can’t make to the event, can watch live at Sunshine StateConference.com
DAY 1 RECAP
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 16, 2017) – Rollins women’s 200-yard medley relay team set a new school record to highlight the Tars day one of the Sunshine State Conference Championship.
The four-day event is being held at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center and continues through Sunday.
The Rollins women totaled 39 points and are tied with Florida Tech for sixth. Nova Southeastern leads the way with 211 points, followed by Tampa (179) and Florida Southern (118). On the men’s side, the Tars sit sixth, just four points back of Saint Leo. NSU tops the field with 198 points, FSC (172) is second and Florida Tech (141) third.
Grace Hansen, Taylor Wilks, Cara Dealy and Kylie Klotzbach highlighted the day with a school record in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet took seventh in a time of 1:47.84; the previous mark of 1:48.43 was set by Klotzbach, Wilks, Audrey Kula and Kylie Pillard at last season’s SSC Championships.
Individually, Makenzie Grider reached the NCAA B cut and took ninth in the 1000-yard freestyle, stopping the clock at 10:30.47.
In the men’s 1000, Arron Nestor finished 15th in a time of 9:56.38. The 200-yard medley team of Peter Haddad, Raoul Rajani, Ailin McCullough and Benjamin Gebauer posted a time of 1:36.35 and took sixth.
The Tars will be back in the pool Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. for the prelims of day 2. Finals are slated to begin at 6 p.m.