Tampa in Second at Halfway Point of Spartan Invite

Sophie Long turned in the top finish of the night for the Spartans.
Sophie Long turned in the top finish of the night for the Spartans.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Tampa women's swimming team remains in contention as it is in second place among six competitors at the Spartan Invite.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Total Scores (Through Two Days:)
 Nova Southeastern (472), Tampa (436), Florida Southern (273), Indian River (270), Lenoir-Rhyne (57), Rollins (42)
Location: The Long Center | Clearwater, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Sunshine State Conference opponent Nova Southeastern won three of the four races on day two as it took the overall lead.

• Indian River also claimed one first-place finish.

• Tampa remained near the top of the leaderboard as it had fourth, second, third and fourth-place performances in the four events.

TOP PERFORMERS:
Brittany Bayes was fourth in the first race of the evening. She finished the 500 Free in 5:02.91.

• The 200 IM included a runner-up performance from Sophie Long as she finished in 2:04.19. McKenzie Street made it two Spartans in the top four as she was fourth at 2:05.34.

• Senior Marisa Barton had a time of 23.57 to finish third in the 50 Free. Molly O'Hara was sixth with a time of 24.01.

• The evening concluded with the 400 Medley Relay as UT's top effort was a fourth-place finish from Catherine Bayes, Street, Long and Barton (3:52.50). UT also had a sixth-place effort from Brittany Murphy, Ali Lombardi, Victoria Horsman and Megan Waddell (3:54.98). A third Spartan team was seventh, and included Aubrey Hillborn, Page Fox, Izzy Spalding and Courtney Markle (3:55.59).

UP NEXT:
Sunday's action will start with the 9:30 a.m., prelims and commence with the finals at 6 p.m. Monday's slate has the 9:30 a.m., prelims and 5 p.m., finals. Sunday's events include the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and 800 Free Relay.

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