2014 Sunshine State Conference 1000 free medalists
Courtesy of: Jim Hogue
ORLANDO, Florida, February 19. THE Nova Southeastern men's and women's swimming and diving squads swam to early leads in the team standings Wednesday night at the Sunshine State Conference Championships in Orlando. Nova Southeastern did not win a single event on Wednesday, but their depth led them to a three-point lead over Tampa in the women's meet and four-point lead over Florida Southern on the men's side.

Sunshine State Conference Press Release

With the first day of the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships in the books at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center, both the Nova Southeastern men's and women's teams lead the team standings.


Through the first four events the women's standings are as follows: 1. Nova Southeastern (87 points), 2. Tampa (84 points), 3. Florida Southern (70 points), 4. Florida Tech (52 points), 5. Rollins (50 points), 6. Saint Leo (47 points), 7. Lynn (41 points).

Through the first four events the men's standings are as follows: 1. Nova Southeastern (99 points), 2. Florida Southern (95 points), 3. Tampa (87 points), 4. Florida Tech (58 points), 5. Rollins (38 points), 6. Saint Leo (36 points).

Two final events, including the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 800-yard freestyle relay, took place on the opening day of the conference championship.

On the women's side it was Saint Leo's Stephanie Martinez taking gold in a time of 10:14.55. Martinez' time was good enough for an NCAA provisional qualifying time. The women's 1,000 freestyle saw the top nine finisher earn NCAA provisional times, under 10:33.10.

Lynn's Thalie Carmigniani took silver in a time of 10:19.25, while Nova Southeastern's Sara Akoubian took bronze in a time of 10:21.63.

The top six finishers in the men's 1,000-yeard freestyle earned NCAA provisional qualifying times, under 9:35.79. Florida Southern's Juan Tolosa took gold in a time of 9:13. 43, while his teammate Franco Lupoli won silver in a time of 9:14.46. Nova Southeastern's Florian Mehlan took bronze in a time of 9:22.89.

The women's 800-yard freestyle relay saw all three medal-winning teams earn NCAA provisional times, under 7:48.48. Tampa's team of Alexandra Hipolito, Briana Murphy, Erin Plachy and Heather Glenday won gold in a time of 7:28.67 in an exciting finish. Florida Southern's Ali Crenshaw, Lauren Reynolds, Cassie Ley and Heather Burns finished a finger-length behind for silver in a time of 7:28.85. Nova Southeastern's Emma Lawrenz, Brooke Munion, Emma Wahlstrom and Lauren Chapple took bronze in a time of 7:36.65.

The men's 800-yard freestyle relay also saw an exciting finish for first place. Florida Southern's Luis Rojas, Allan Gutierrez, Lupoli and Jesus Marin took gold by three tenths of a second with a time of 6:34. 22. Their time was less than a second off the current SSC Championship record and a NCAA automatic qualifier.

Tampa's Damen Phieffer, Martin Hammer, Jeremy Parker and Runar Borgen took silver with a time of 6:34.57. Nova Southeastern's Marco Aldabe, Florian Mehlan, Javier Caballero and Shane Kleinbeck took bronze in a time of 6:37.37.

Day two of the SSC Championship will begin with preliminaries at 10 a.m., and the finals following at 6 p.m.

Catch live video coverage of day two tomorrow at the 2014 SSC Swimming Championship Central page.



Results: Sunshine State Conference Championships, Day One