SWIMMING

Tampa Takes Men's and Women's Titles at Shark Invitational

Box Score

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The University of Tampa men’s and women’s swimming teams both defended their championships at the second annual Shark Invitational, with both squads taking top honors as a slew of Spartans notched NCAA national qualifying times.

In men’s action, the Spartans finished with 1,369.5 points, topping host Nova Southeastern University (1,205), Florida Southern College (1,167), Catawba College (609.5), Lenoir-Rhyne University (433) and Rollins College (398).

The UT women tallied 1,514 total points to defeat Nova Southeastern (1,289.50), Florida Southern (1,019), Rollins (485.5), Catawba (424) and Lenoir-Rhyne (394).

Following is a list of Tampa performances. NCAA automatic and B times are also noted.

Men
Norbert Kovacs, 1,000 Free, 9:13.38, NCAA A
Kovacs, 100 Fly, 49.00, NCAA B
Kovacs, 200 Fly, 1:46.95, NCAA A (also a school record)
David Humphrey, 50 Free, 20.82, NCAA B
Humphrey, 100 Free, 45.41, NCAA B
200 Free Relay, Humphrey, Jason Khoury, Derek Krell, Felipe Manzo, 1:22.56, NCAA B
Zane Hranac, 400 IM, 4:04.13, NCAA B
Jonathan Wilks, 200 Breast, 2:03.46, NCAA B

Berk Kahraman also set a school record on Monday with a 1:49.58 in the 200 Back prelims. The time was an NCAA B effort.

Women
Alex Hipolito, 200 IM, 2:05.65, NCAA B
Erin Plachy, 50 Free, 23.84, NCAA B
Plachy, 100 Free, 51.75, NCAA B
200 Free Relay, Plachy, Kristine Kassl, Emily Grams, Kylie Piche, 1:36.36, NCAA B
Lisa Bero, 400 IM, 4:29.64, NCAA B
Bero, 200 Breast, 2:20.03, NCAA B
Catherine Parker, 200 Fly, 2:04.80, NCAA B
800 Free Relay, Kassl, Heather Glenday, Alexandria Greenhill, Hipolito, 7:34.97, NCAA B

Tampa will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 7, as it hosts the Tampa Relays. UT will offer a video webcast through tampaspartans.tv.

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