The Sunshine State Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming Championships returns to the pool at the Long Center in Clearwater for the third consecutive year, from Thursday, Feb. 13, to Sunday, Feb. 16. As the event enters its 10th year, it will be hosted by Nova Southeastern University. Women’s champion team for 2018-19 was the University of Tampa.
The Sunshine State Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming Championship will end its regular season, with individual qualifiers to the NCAA championship will be determined by “A” and “B” standards. NCAA Championships take place Wednesday, March 11, through Saturday, March 14, at the SPIRE Institute Aquatics Center in Geneva, Ohio. The NCAA will announce championship selections and seeding on Wednesday, Feb. 26. for more details on the sunshine state conference click here.
Top Performances from 2019: The Spartans saw two swimmers on the women’s side earn gold medals in Courtney Sherwood and Hana Van Loock and the Nova Southeastern Sharks picked up gold in both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. The NSU 400 medley relay broke two SSC and SSC Championship Meet records in one, as leadoff backstroker Cassandra Wright set a new 100 back record of 53.17 and the foursome set a new record of 3:39.58, beating the previous record by almost two seconds. Adding in a gold in the women’s 100 fly, the Sharks continue to lead the pack through day two.
On the men’s side, Tampa senior Brett Saunders set a new SSC and SSC Championship Meet record in the men’s 400 IM, posting a time of 3:51.94. The Tampa men also earned the gold in the 200 freestyle relay with a provisional time of 1:19.88, but it was the Sharks who finished the night off with a win in the 400 medley relay, just .08 seconds off the championship meet record.
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