CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 20, 2019) – Rollins men's and women's swimming teams head to Clearwater for the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Championship, Feb. 21-24 at the Long Center.
Both men's and women's squads were sixth at the SSC Championships a year ago and will look to improve on the finish this season with a much deeper line-up.
Competition gets underway at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb 21 with prelims. Finals are set for 6 p.m. each night except for a 5 p.m. start Sunday – CLICK HERE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL/COMPLETE SCHEDULES
WOMEN: Led by two freshmen and two seniors, the Rollins women are favorites to medal in multiple events this season. Newcomer Beatriz Olivieri is ranked in the top-16 in three individual events. She is tops in the conference and is seventh nationally in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.80). The Rio de Janeiro native is also seventh in the 100-yard butterfly and 13th in the 100-yard freestyle. Fellow freshman Sydney Willis is 10th in the 200-yard freestyle and ranked eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle. Seniors Makenzie Grider and Grace Hansen join Willis in a loaded 1650 for the Tars. Grider is ranked fourth in the event while Hansen is 15th. Grider is also sixth in the 1000-yard freestyle and 15th in the 500-yard freestyle. Hansen checks in at 11th in the 500 and 16th in the 400-yard IM, an event she swam at the NCAA Division II National Championship two years ago.
Other Tars in the top-16 are Darrell Pawley in the 100-yard breaststroke (15th), Marisa Gingerich in the 200-yard backstroke (11th) and Jamie Mans in the 200-yard breaststroke (15th).
MEN: Norcini returns to headline the Tars men's team. The sophomore qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in four events last year and was third in the 400 IM at the 2018 SSC Championship. This season he will look to get onto the podium in each of his four individual events. The distance-specialist is ranked 16th in the 200-yard IM, 11th in the 400-yard IM, 11th in the 500-yard freestyle and 15th in the 1650-yard freestyle.
Freshman Christian Huber has made an immediate impact for the Tars this season. He enters the SSC championship sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, 13th in the 200-yard freestyle and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle.
Elliot Wylie is ranked high in both backstroke events, sitting 14th in the 100-yard and 10th in the 200-yard. Dan Sulkowski is the Tars top breaststroker, ranking 10th in the 100-yard and 12th in the 200-yard events.