October 13, 2010
The inaugural Sunshine State
Conference Swimming Championship will be hosted
February 17-20, 2011, at the
YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Fla.
Five institutions will vie for the first ever SSC swimming titles, as Florida Southern College, Nova Southeastern
University, Rollins College, Saint Leo University, and the University of Tampa will participate in the event.
The Aquatic Center, located on International Drive, is a state-of-the-art facility that has hosted numerous events and
nationally-competitive teams and has been the training site for a number of Olympic athletes.
The 2010-11 academic year marks the first time in the SSC’s 35-year history that men’s and women’s swimming
have been conference-sponsored sports. Conference bylaws require that half of the league’s nine member institutions
offer a particular sport before it can be sponsored by the conference. With Nova Southeastern beginning its
first year of varsity swimming in 2010-11, the sponsorship minimum was met. Florida Tech recently announced that
it will also add swimming to its athletic offerings in 2011-12.
“I’ve been the head swimming coach at the University of Tampa for 31 years,” Ed Brennan said. “For the first 15
or so, we were the only school in the conference to field a team. It was great when Rollins came along to have a
conference rival. (Rollins coach) Rich Morris always had the dream of a Sunshine State Conference Championship
and even hosted a conference invitational when Florida Southern and Saint Leo started teams. I have to say I never
thought I’d see the day when we would have a true conference championship.”
“I know it will be another nationally powerful sport within our amazing conference of champions,” Morris added.
The championships will feature men’s and women’s races in freestyle, freestyle relay, individual medley, medley
relay, butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke.