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Feb 13, 2013 08:00 PM to Feb 17, 2013 05:00 PM

Swimming Takes Sixth; Two More Reach Podium on Final Day of SSC Championship

Published Feb 16, 2013 09:55 PM
Modified Feb 17, 2013 09:08 PM
Clearwater, Fla. – The sensational story of six swimmers continued on the final day of the Sunshine State Conference Championship as Lynn University’s inaugural team took sixth place while two more swimmers garnered individual medals.  Tyne Potgieter placed second overall in the 200 breaststroke, Thalie Carmigniani took second in the 200 backstroke and Julia Pedersen finished 10th in the 200 backstroke.
 
With each team in the SSC boasting at least twice the roster size, the Fighting Knights faced a daunting uphill battle in trying to move from the bottom.  But the six girls competed until the end and were able to secure 238 points, 27 more than Florida Tech (211) and 78 behind Rollins (316).  Tampa claimed the SSC title with 892 points, outlasting defending champions Nova Southeastern (867).  Florida Southern (706) finished in third while Saint Leo took fourth (323).
 
After becoming the first swimmer in school history to garner podium recognition the previous day, Carmigniani became the first multi-medal award winner by putting forth a personal-best and NCAA Division II B time of 2:02.40 in the 200 backstroke, finishing two seconds behind Lauren Reynolds of Florida Southern and nearly two seconds ahead of Virginia Summer from FSC.
 
Pedersen competed in the B finals and took second with a time of 2:10.76.
 
Carmigniani didn’t have to wait long to for company as Potgieter added to her medal count with silver in the 200 breaststroke.  She turned in a career-low time of 2:19.31, behind Ashley Bransford (2:17.53) from Nova Southeastern and ahead of Alexandra Hipolito (2:19.90) from Tampa.
 
The sixth-place team finish was secured on the final relay, the 400 freestyle, with Potgieter, Darien Weppner, Morgan Glazer and Clairissa Myatt finishing seventh overall.
 
Lynn must now wait to find out if any individuals have qualified for the NCAA Championships to be held March 3-9, in Birmingham, Ala.  Check back to LynnFightingKnights for all swimming information and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram for in-meet updates.

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