Rollins at Saint Leo
Rollins vs. Trinity (TX)
Trinity (TX) at Saint Leo

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 1 p.m.

Marion Bowman Aquatics Center – Saint Leo, Fla.

Last time out both the Rollins men and women dropped competitive contests against the Westminster Titans.  The Tars will now take on the Saint Leo Lions for the second time this season, and the Trinity Tigers, in a tri-meet.  Rollins will look to continue their record breaking season, while also avenging an early season defeat.  Back on October 28, Rollins men’s team fell to the Lions by a score of 68-186, while the women dropped their contest 64-198.  The meet was the first competition for first year Head Coach Kyle Berg.

Both Saint Leo squads find themselves in the top-25 according to Team Rankings.  The men check in at No. 25, while the women fall in at No. 21.  The Tigers placed both teams in the top-50 of the Division III rankings.  The Trinity women are on the doorstep of a top-25 ranking, coming in at No. 26, while the men have fought their way to a No. 41 ranking. The Rollins men have climbed into the top-50, coming in at No. 47.

At the Tampa Relays, on January 7, both Lions teams picked up second place finishes, the men won three events, while the women carried four.  Saint Leo is competing against Lynn and Florida Tech, in Melbourne, on Friday, January, 20, before returning home to host the Tars and the Tigers.  The Trinity women won eight events in a 180-112 win over Southwestern University in their last meet.  The Tiger men fell to the pirates by a score of 127-161.

Women: The Tars come into their third meet of the new year prepared to swim their fastest time to date.  Last meet against Westminster the Rollins women won six events, and finishing one-two in three of those.

Cara Dealy notched another impressive showing.  The freshman touched the wall first in a pair of events, the 100 Yard Butterfly, in 1:02.39, and the 100 Yard Backstroke, at 1:04.27.  The Temecula, California native also teamed up with Anna Van Zyverden, Taylor Wilks, and Kylie Klotzbach to finish second in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.  The quartet also finished second in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time if 1:46.25.

Makenzie Grider tallied a pair of wins, in the 200 Yard Freestyle, and in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Grace Hansen notched another win, and registered a pair of second place finishes to continue her stellar campaign.  The Baltimore, Maryland, native won the 1000 Yard Freestyle with a time of 10:59.24.

Wilks, competing in her first home meet of the season, took home an individual win in the 50 Yard Breaststroke, stopping the clock at 32.37.

Men: The Rollins men tallied 81 points against the Titans, their highest output since a November meet with Keiser.  Rollins out-touched Westminster in four individual events, last time out.

Arron Nestor, displayed his progress competing against the Titans.  The junior won the 1000 Yard Freestyle event in 10:13.37, posting a time four seconds faster than his mark in the previous meet against the Lions.  The Galway, Ireland native also finished first in the 500 Yard freestyle, with a time of 4:53.59.

Raoul Rajani and Luigo Reno hold the school records in the 100 Yard and 200 Yard Breaststroke respectively.  The two also both recorded wins against Westminster.  Rajani stopped the clock in the 50 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 28.58, the fastest time for a Tar in the event since 2014; Reno won the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:01.64.

The Tars will look to keep the momentum from their strong individual performances as they head to Saint Leo.

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