Saint Leo University (SLU) senior Tim Olson became the first swimmer in program history to qualify for the Division II national meet, which was two weeks ago in Texas.
“It’s just a great honor,” Olson said. “There’s not that many national championship teams. I’m excited to get that men’s banner up in the gym. … Being the first one kind of caps off the perfect four years for me.”
Olson, a Land O’ Lakes High graduate, set a new Sunshine State Conference (SSC) record in the 100-yard freestyle by finishing in 44.92 seconds, qualifying for nationals. He also competed in the 50 and 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly at nationals.
“I’d have to say the 50 free is my favorite because it’s the shortest, so it’s all speed and sprint,” Olson said.
Olson missed advancing to the 50 finals by two tenths of a second. He was unable to advance to the finals in his other three events.
The trip to nationals caps off a record-setting career for Olson, a business administration major. He has set SLU’s best times in five events: the 500 and 100 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individually medley. Olson was named the SSC Swimmer of the Week twice during his senior campaign.
Olson made the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state meet all four of his years at Land O’ Lakes. He placed third and fourth at the Class 2A state meet in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively, as a senior. He finished his high school career undefeated in regular season meets.
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