By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern
The sixth Sunshine State Conference Championships will begin this Thursday, February 18th. The four day meet will be held at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. Last year at the 2015 Championships the Florida Southern College men secured their third Championship title and will be looking to defend it again this year. Nova Southeastern University’s women took last year’s title as well.
In the women’s 400 IM current SSC record holder (2:16.63), Courtney DeVeny is seeded first with a 4:23.31. DeVeny is also the SSC record holder in the 200 butterfly with a 2:01.20.
In the 200 breast current NCAA D2 and SSC record holder, Rebecca Mathews of Lynn, is seeded third. She is entered with a 2:16.82, which is almost eight seconds behind her current NCAA record. Saint Leo’s Nicole Weber is seeded first with a 2:15.60 and Malin Westman from Nova is entered second with a 2:16.71. Matthews is also seeded first in the 100 breast and will be looking to best her current SSC record of 1:00.88.
Florida Southern is entered with the fastest times in three of the five relays, the 400 medley relay, the 800 free relay and 400 free relay. Tampa is seeded first in the 200 free relay and Nova is going in first in the 200 medley relay.
In the men’s 50 freestyle Tampa’s Martin Hammer is seeded first going into the meet with a 19.88. This time is tied with the SSC conference record of 19.88. Hammer will also likely be on the men’s 200 freestyle relay. Hammer was a part of the team that currently holds the NCAA D2 record in this event with the time of 1:18.82.
In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Nova Southeastern’s Anton Lobanov is seeded first. He is the NCAA D2 record holder in both the 100 breast with a 51.63 and a 1:51.71 in the 200 breast. He is currently seeded third in the 200 breast with a 2:01.05. This year his season best in the 100 is a 53.87. Lobanov will be looking to best these times this week. In the 200 breast Luis Jasso from Southern is seeded first with a 1:58.73 and his teammate Sean Kim is second with a 2:00.32.
Tampa is entered first in the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 free relays. Florida Southern is seeded first in the 400 medley relay and Saint Leo is entered first in the 800 free relay.