Tampa tops Nova Southeastern, defeats two SSC rivals in a row
TAMPA, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, Tampa notched a Sunshine State Conference triumph. On Saturday, the Spartans defeated Nova Southeastern 106-99 as the UT women won 126-79.
After winning against Florida Tech on Friday, Tampa's men registered the program's first win against Nova. The pair of victories also came against the 2011-12 SSC champions.
The Spartan men started with a win in the 400 Medley Relay from Karl Burdis, Kevin Doran, Norbert Kovacs and Jeremy Parker (3:27.79). The meet was then sealed with a first-place showing in the 400 Free Relay from David Humphrey, Khalid Aldaboos, Jeremy Parker and Felipe Manzo (3:07.47). Tampa was also second in the 400 FR with Derek Krell, Max Coulls, Stephen Zieler and Jordan Augier (3:09.99).
Humphrey won the 50 free (21.37) and 100 free (46.89). In the 100 Free, Humphrey was the first of three Spartans to medal in the race. Krell (47.41) and Manzo (47.55) followed as UT's Aldaboos was fourth with a time of 47.64.
Norbert Kovacs also turned in a first-place finish in the 200 Fly (1:54.51) as Burdis won the 200 Back (1:54.60).
Tampa's women also started the meet with a win in the 400 Medley Relay with Allison Noe, Jamie Pappanastos, Catherine Parker and Kylie Piche (4:02.05). The final event for the women also went in UT's favor with the 400 Free Relay. Kristine Kassl, Erin Plachy, Piche and Heather Glenday topped the field with a showing of 3:36.75.
Tampa swept the women's 50 Free, with Erin Plachy finishing first with a time of 24.92. Fellow Spartans Kylie Piche (25.08) and Amy O'Brien (25.30) were the next to finish the race.