Swimming into History

March 3, 2011 Sports

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

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