The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s swimming teams finished Day 1 of the Sunshine State Conference Championship with both in second place on Thursday, with the women’s 200-yard medley relay team claiming the Sharks’ first victory of the meet.
The Sharks won the women’s 200-yard medley relay, which was the last event of the night. The team of Courtney DeVeny, Malin Westman, Jordan Shows and Sydney Panzarino put up a NCAA B-Standard time of 1:42.95.
The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of David Van Der Colff, Anton Lobanov, Victor Tarin and Malique Elder had a third-place finish with a NCAA B-Standard time of 1:29.56.
The women began the night in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Georgina Allin, Brooke Munion and Madison Yelle took fifth, sixth and seventh in the final with NCAA B-Standard times of 10:17.51, 10:20.69 and 10:22.06, respectively.
In the men’s 1,000 free, Blake Woodrow came in second with a NCAA B-Standard time of 9:12.50.
The Barry men’s tennis team opened its season with a 9-0 victory over St. Thomas.
Ninth-ranked Ahmed Triki and Renato Lombardi picked up an 8-4 win over Kevin Cubela and Mauricio Fernandez at No. 1 doubles. Nico Dreer and Franco Echenique were 8-4 winners over Luis Soto and Juan Abia at the No. 2 position. Fabian Pronnet and Daniel Ventura completed the pairs sweep with an 8-2 win over Jermaine Le Grand and Jacobo Nieto.
Lombardi coasted to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Abia for the Bucs’ first singles point at the No. 2 position. Ventura sealed the win with his 6-0, 6-0 victory over Soto at No. 4. Ventura is in his first year at Barry.
Triki, who owns the nation’s No. 5 singles ranking, was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Cubela at No. 1. Echenique beat Josh Rosner, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5. Pronnet posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Le Grand. Lucas Kogachi, another Bucs freshman, defeated Nieto 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6.
Barry will host No. 9 Valdosta State at 10 a.m. Saturday.
SSC honor roll
Barry’s student-athletes accounted for 43 spots on the SSC Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll.
Seven Barry student-athletes had perfect 4.0 grade-point averages in the fall. They were Laine Cielena and Arianne Matthew in volleyball, Isabella Arbelaez and Lavinia Nkomo in women’s soccer, and Linus Fischer, Jose Giron and Arturo Paz in men’s soccer.
Twenty men’s soccer players, 13 women’s soccer players and 10 volleyball players earned the conference academic honor. To be eligible for the SSC Honor Roll, a student-athlete must post a minimum GPA of 3.2.
A total of 516 student-athletes were named to the SSC Honor roll in the nine-member conference. That broke the previous record of 492 student-athletes who earned the honor in the fall of 2014.