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USMMA Breaks Records and Tops Leaderboard in Day One of Landmark Conference Championships

Scranton, PA – The USMMA men's swimming team took a great first step in defending its conference championship Friday night as the Mariners hold a 103 point lead over their closest competitor.  Merchant Marine claimed victory in three of the opening night's six events while seven Mariners combined to capture a top-three spot on the podium in just four individual competitions.  In two Merchant Marine wins, USMMA established a new Landmark Conference Championships meet record.

The Mariners started the day with a first-place, record-breaking, performance in the 200 yard freestyle relay.  Sean Minor (Fort Myers, FL), Alvaro Brice (The Woodlands, TX), Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL), and Jamie Masterson (Charlottesville, VA) finished in 1:23.99 to establish a new Academy record and conference best, as well as a pool record.

Joshua McCormick (Granite Bay, CA) made it two straight wins for the Mariners as he smashed the previous meet record in the 500 freestyle by over two seconds.  McCormick touched the wall in 4:42.81, just ahead of teammate Jordan Cripe (Monterey, CA) who made it a one-two event for the Mariners.  Case Kuikhoven (Kethican, AK) – 10th, Josh Sindorf (Lancaster, PA) – 11th, and Bryce Kramer (Boerne, TX) – 14th all swam well enough to reach the finals and score points for the team.

The Mariners continued to rack up points by finishing second, fourth, and fifth in the 200 IM.  Chris Scott (Andover, KS) led the USMMA pack with a time of 1:55.95 while Blake Krell (Fort Myers, FL) and Blair Roberts (South Jordan, UT) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Freshman Alex Rodgers (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) also reached the finals and posted a time of 2:02.96, which was good for ninth place and nine points.

Merchant Marine continued to cluster strong finishes, taking second, third and fifth in the 50 freestyle.  Mionor topped the USMMA contingent by clocking in at 21.12 seconds as Brice finished two tenths of a second further back for third-place and Masterson swam the race in 21.75 seconds for fifth-place.

USMMA took second, third, and fourth in the 1-meter diving competition with freshman William Porter (Houston, TX) earning silver after breaking the previous pool record with 394.35 total points.

The evening ended with the Mariners toppling yet another championship meet and pool record, this time in the 400 yard medley relay.  The team of Lindgren, Scott, Brice, and Minor combined for a time of 3:27.17, out-touching the nearest team by 4.6 seconds.

The Mariners return to the pool tomorrow looking to maintain its streak as the only conference champion in Landmark Conference history.

 

Standings after Day 1

 

1. USMMA

283

 

2. Susquehanna

180

 

3. Scranton

167

 

4. Catholic

99

 

5. Marywood

97

 

6. Goucher

57

 

7. Drew

54