Two weekends ago, the Rollins swim teams made history by participating in the first Sunshine State Conference meet ever. The meet was held Feb. 17-20 at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center on I-drive. The Tars competed against four other teams from the SSC: Saint Leo, Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern and Tampa. Rollins, as well as Saint Leo, Florida Southern and Tampa, have had swim teams for a while but it was not until Nova Southeastern added swimming this year that the Sunshine State Conference would sponsor the sport and hold a conference championship.
On the women’s side the Tars took 3rd place behind Tampa and Florida Southern, which placed first and second respectively. The weekend started off well for the Tars with Jenny Nilson ’12 winning the 1000 yard freestyle, thus making history by setting a team record and becoming the first individual Sunshine State Conference Champion.
The night continued successfully for the women with the relay team of Nilson, Grace Alexander ’14, Christine Bianco ’13, and Jessica Spiegel ’13 setting a new team record in the 800 freestyle relay. Over the rest of the weekend six more team records would be broken. Nilson, for instance, also broke team records in the 500 free and the 1650 free. Nilson and Spiegel paired up again, this time with Leandra Lima ’11 and Samantha Sigaty ’12, to set a team record in the 400 free relay.
Nilson and Lima paired with Katie Gentsch ’14 and Sara McFadden ’12 to set another team record in the 400 medley relay. Lima, Gentsch, McFadden and Sigaty set yet another