MELBOURNE, Fla. (November 16, 2018) – After having nearly three weeks off of competition, the Tars women's swim team was back in the pool Friday for day one of the Florida Tech Panther Invitational.
Freshman Beatriz Olivieri was spectacular, winning the 500-yard freestyle in a school record time of 4.58.31. Her time was two seconds better than second place and currently the third fastest time in the nation. Sydney Willis was third in the race with a time of 5:02.42 while Makenzie Grider was sixth in 5:09.25. Grace Hansen won the B final in 5:09.06.
The trio teamed up with Marisa Gringerich in the 400 medley relay for an 11th place finish with a time of 4:04.89.
Maya Thompson racked up four points in the 200 yard IM, taking 13th in 24.70. She also swam a strong leg in the 200 yard freestyle relay with teammates Gingerich, Grider and Cara Dealy to finish 11th in 1:42.10.
Rollins picked up 113 points on the first day. West Florida leads the way with 131, followed by North Florida (266) and Florida Southern (186.5).
The Tars are back in the pool Saturday, November 17 for day two of the event in Melbourne. Prelims are slated for 10 a.m. with finals scheduled for 6 p.m.