USMMA Takes Third at Metropolitan Championships; Second in Division III
The USMMA men's swimming and diving team finished third overall and second among D-III teams at the 2013 Metropolitan Championships. The Mariners continued their roll from last week's Landmark Conference Championships, setting new Academy records and meeting numerous NCAA qualifying standards. The Mariners 800 freestyle relay team of Blake Krell (Fort Myers, FL), Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL), Alvaro Brice (The Woodlands, TX, and Joshua McCormick (Granite Bay, CA) was crowned METS champions after a 6:50.74 swim, which also improved on their record time from last week.
Lindgren also captured an individual Metropolitan title as he hit the wall in 1:47.40 to blow away the field in the 200 backstroke. Lindgren was part of another relay team that shattered an Academy record, this time in the 400 freestyle relay. Sean Minor (Fort Myers, FL), Brice, and McCormick joined Lindgren for a 3:03.14 time to finish third in the event and break the previous USMMA record by over two seconds.
The relay teams continued to shine in the 200 freestyle relay as Minor, Lindgren, Brice, and Jamie Masterson (Charlottesville, VA) re-broke their Academy record and hit a NCAA 'B' cut with a time of 1:23.44, finishing second. Chris Scott (Andover, KS) paced a group of four Mariners who scored points in the 200 IM as the senior clocked in at 1:57.34 for tenth-place.
Minor reached another NCAA 'B' cut for USMMA by hitting the wall in 21.06 seconds in the 50 freestyle, which placed fifth in the field. However, Minor improved that time and set a new USMMA record with a blistering fast mark of 20.74 seconds in the 50 free time trial.
William Porter (Houston, TX) also finished third and qualified for NCAA's with a strong performance in the 1-meter diving competition. The freshman also came in second in the 3-meter finals, narrowly missing out on his own METS championship.
The Mariners will have at least one representative in Texas next month for the NCAA Championships in Lindgren. However, several others will have to wait as conference championships wrap up around the country to see if their NCAA 'B' times will earn an invitation. USMMASports.com will update the Mariners representatives at nationals when the field is determined.