Piscataway, NJ – The USMMA men's swimming and diving team was fourth in a field of 18 teams at the 2014 Metropolitan Conference Championships. Landmark Conference Swimmer of the Year Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) was crowned the Met Champion in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.19. USMMA will have its season continue next month at the NCAA Championships but the exact number of Mariners who will qualify is still to be determined as the rest of the country completes its schedule.
The 200 medley relay team of Lindgren, Stone Hewitt (Destin, FL), William Kelsik (New Castle, IN), and Austin Butt (Westminster, MD) broke the Academy record in the event and improved its NCAA qualifying time. The squad grabbed third-place overall, touching the wall in 1:32.52. The 400 medley relay contingent of Lindgren, Hewitt, Kelsik, and Alvaro Brice (The Woodlands, TX) also took third at the Metropolitan Championships, swimming the event in 3:22.95.
The Mariners improved their NCAA qualifying mark in the 400 freestyle relay with a swim that took 3:05.34. That squad included Lindgren, Brice, Butt, and Joshua McCormick (Granite Bay, CA). The same four USMMA Midshipmen also grabbed bronze in the 800 freestyle relay, shaving 22 seconds off their preliminary time with a 6:53.46 finish.
Hewitt had a strong weekend as the freshman reached the "A" final in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Hewitt touched in at 57.22 seconds for seventh-place in the 100 yard race and earned fourth-place in the 200 competition with a time of 2:07.19. Classmate Kevin Sweetman (Austin, TX) placed sixth in the 1650 freestyle as he knocked off over one minute from his prelim time with a 16:50.09 performance.
Joshua Jepsen (San Diego, CA) was the top finisher in the "B" final of the 200 fly, taking ninth-place overall. The rookie clocked in at 1:56.59 to claim 20 points for USMMA in the final standings. Jordan Kendall (Winter Haven, FL) earned 13th in the 100 backstroke in 54.87 seconds while Hunter Rowan (Matthews, NC) was 11th in the 100 fly with a 52.30 seconds swim.
William Porter (Houston, TX) was Merchant Marine's top finisher in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Porter earned silver in the 3-meter competition with 481.15 points and grabbed bronze in the 1-meter event with 480.30 points. The two-time Landmark Conference Diver of the Year will compete on both boards at the NCAA Regionals. Ryan Mavity (St. Joseph, MI) also qualified for the NCAA Regionals with 454.05 points in the 3-meter event.
The 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships will be held March 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN. The USMMA contingent will be announced in the coming weeks on www.USMMASports.com.