Tampa Opens Season with Victory over Florida Southern

From University of Tampa

Women’s Team

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa women’s swimming team opened its 2016-17 season with an impressive victory over Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern College.

Final: Tampa 118, Florida Southern 87
Location: Tampa Aquatics Complex | Tampa, Fla.

• UT claimed six first-place performances.

• The Spartans had two of three finishers in the top three in seven races.

• The 200 Backstroke resulted in a 1-2-3 sweep for Spartan swimmers.

• The Spartan women have now won two of the last three against Florida Southern, with last season’s meeting resulting in a 131-131 tie.

Brittany Bayes won the 1,000 Free in 10:47.20, nearly five seconds faster than teammate and second-place finisher Ali Lombardi.

• Senior Marisa Barton continued her success with a first-place finish in the 50 Free. She finished with a time of 24.45. Barton also won the 100 Free in 52.92.

Izzy Spalding won the 200 Fly with a time of 2:12.33. Teammate Nelly Hansson was third in the 200.

• Sophomore Brittany Murphy finished first in the 200 Back, with a time of 2:11.33.  Fellow Spartans Catherine Bayes and Aubrey Hillborn followed Murphy as the Spartans took the top three spots.

• The Spartans finished the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 Free Relay. Molly O’Hara, Megan Waddell, Courtney Markle and Torey Brierley won with a time of 3:38.80.

Men’s Team


TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa men’s swimming team defeated Florida Southern College 123-82 as Jimi Kiner earns his first win as the men’s head coach.


Final: Tampa 123, Florida Southern 82

Records: UT Spartans (1-0), FSC Mocs (0-1)

Location: Tampa Aquatics Complex| Tampa, Fla.

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• UT won seven of the 11 events, including the freestyle relay. FSC claimed the remaining four men’s events.

• The Spartan men claimed their first win over the Mocs since the 2011-12 season behind a strong showing from senior Martin Hammer. The sprinter claimed two individual events and added a win in the freestyle relay.


• Hammer recorded top finishes in three events. The senior paced the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.70 a Division II B cut standard. He also the 100 yard freestyle behind a time of 46.55 before combining with Stefano Vrolijk, Aaron James and Bryan Mattingly to win the 400 yard freestyle relay with a 3:09.50 time.

Christian Berg won the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.70

• Distance swimmers Tommy Reminger and Tomas Manso-Fraga each tallied a win, as Reminger took the 1000 yard freestyle in 9:48.88 while Manso-Fraga won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.92.

• Freshman Brett Saunders won the 400 yard individual medley with a  time of 4:10.08 in his collegiate debut. 


The Spartans will host Keiser University on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. with a live video webcast being made available through www.tampaspartans.com.