Nova Southeastern Women, Tampa Men Take Home 2020 Sunshine State Crowns

by SwimSwam 0

February 17th, 2020 College, NCAA Division II


Courtesy: Sunshine State Conference

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Tampa Spartans men’s swimming team made program history on Sunday night, claiming their first ever SSC Championship as the Nova Southeastern Sharks women’s team walked away with their fifth-overall win, becoming the outright leader in women’s SSC Championships. Tampa earned both the male and female Swimmer of the Meet awards in Brett Saunders and Courtney Sherwood.

The Spartans posted a score of 952 points, 143 points over second-place Nova Southeastern (809) to win their first-ever championship title. The Spartans and the Sharks sat in the first and second spots throughout the four-day championship, with the remaining seeds remaining the same as well. Florida Southern finished in third for the second-consecutive year with 548 points, followed by Saint Leo (429), Rollins (326.5), Florida Tech (307.5) and Lynn (220).

The Sharks out-scored the Spartans 955-930.5 en route to their fifth SSC Championship title, which no longer ties them with Tampa for total conference championships at four. The Rollins Tars earned the bronze with 438.5 points, followed by Lynn (391), Florida Southern (315), Saint Leo (298) and Florida Tech (268).

Saunders was awarded the title of Male Swimmer of the Meet by winning the 200 IM, 400 IM and the 200 backstroke and finishing third in the 100 breaststroke. The Tampa senior becomes the first Spartan to earn the individual ward in program history.

Tampa sophomore Courtney Sherwood earned the title of the women’s SSC Swimmer-of-the-Meet after collecting earning three gold medals and one silver over the course of the championships. With 77 points, Sherwood tied with Nova Southeastern junior Emma Sundstedt and reigning SSC Female Swimmer of the Meet, who also had three gold medals and one silver, but after calculating tie-breakers, Sherwood was awarded the top honor. This is the first women’s Swimmer of the Meet award for Tampa since Heather Glenday in 2012.

Day Four Medalists

Women’s 1650 Freestyle Medalists:   
1. Emma Sundstedt    JR    Nova Southeastern    16:37.64
2. Jessie Tobin    JR    Tampa    17:01.19
3. Savannah Brennan    JR    Florida Tech    17:10.78

Men’s 1650 Freestyle Medalists:
1. Mohamed Masmoudi    FR    Lynn    15:31.85
2. Cole Smith    SO    Florida Southern    15:37.05
3. Luka Prostran    FR    Florida Southern    15:37.19

Women’s 100 Freestyle Medalists:
1. Hana Van Loock    JR    Tampa    50.12
2. Elizaveta Bazarova    SO    Tampa   50.71
2. Jenna Johns    SO    Nova Southeastern   50.75

Men’s 100 Freestyle Medalists:
1. Jared Fitzgerald    JR    Tampa    43.93
2. Alec Dawson    JR    Nova Southeastern    44.10
3. Yannick Smith    JR    Tampa    44.46

Women’s 200 Backstroke Medalists:
1. Cassie Wright    JR    Nova Southeastern  1:58.06
3. Courtney Sherwood    SO    Tampa    1:59.69
2. Karolina Smylek    SO    Lynn    2:00.71

Men’s 200 Backstroke Medalists:
1. *Brett Saunders    SR    Tampa    1:43.51
2. Aleksei Averchenko    SR    Nova Southeastern    1:46.46
3. Brandon Dyck    JR    Florida Southern    1:46.95
* – denotes SSC Championship Meet record

Women’s 200 Breaststroke Medalists:
1. Julia Augustsson    FR    Tampa    2:14.55
2. Caily Friel    SR    Nova Southeastern    2:14.67
3. Anja Oca    SO    Tampa    2:18.40

Men’s 200 Breaststroke Medalists:
1. Samuel Brettmann    JR    Nova Southeastern    1:58.50
2. Kosta Mitrovic    JR    Saint Leo    1:59.71
3. Gabe Parnell    SO    Tampa    2:01.51

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay Medalists:
1. Tampa    3:23.75
2. Nova Southeastern    3:23.96
3. Rollins    3:28.60

Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay Medalists:
1. Tampa    2:57.03
2. Nova Southeastern    2:57.86
3. Saint Leo    2:59.91

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