Final Day of Sunshine State Championships Begins

Sunshine State Conference Championships
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By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern

The final day of the Sunshine State Conference Championships began this morning. The prelims of the men’s and women’s 100 free, 200 backstroke and 200 breastroke were swam.

In the women’s 100 free this morning Florida Southern’s Kelsey Gouge touched the wall first with a 50.96. Natalia Garriock went a 51.12 for the number two seed at finals and Nova Southeastern’s Jordan Shows was a close third going a 51.24.

Current SSC record holder, Thiago Sickert of Nova Southeastern, went a 44.06 in the men’s 100 free this morning. He will be the top seed tonight and will look to best his SSC record of 43.11. Tampa’s Martin Hammer touched second with a 44.36 and Florida Southern’s Jesus Martin went a 44.46 for third.

Lauren Reynolds from Florida Southern had the fastest women’s 200 back of the morning with a 2:02.64. In a close second was Emma Wahlstrom of Nova Southeastern with a 2:02.99 and St. Leo’s Maftuna Tuhtasinova went a 2:03.40 for third.

Florida Southern’s Evan Coleman put up the quickest time in the men’s 200 back with a 1:47.44. His teammate Marco Palacios came in third this morning with a 1:50.02 and Nova Southeastern’s Marco Aldabe touched second (1:49.11).

In the women’s 200 breastroke St. Leo’s Nicole Weber has the fastest time of the morning with a 2:16.35. Close behind was Malin Westman from Nova Southeastern with a 2:16.73 and third this morning was Rebecca Matthews from Lynn (2:18.61). Matthews is the current SSC and NCAA record holder in the event with a 2:10.77.

Anton Lobanov of Nova Southeastern finished first in the men’s 200 breast this morning with a 1:58.49. Lobanov is the current NCAA and SSC record holder in the event with a 1:51.71. Florida Southern came in with the second and third fastest times of the morning with Luis Jasso (1:59.29) and Sean Kim (1:59.96).

The men’s and women’s 1650 freestyle will be swam as a finals only event. Finals will begins tonight at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center at 5pm (EST).