NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2015) – This past weekend, the USMMA men's swimming & diving team competed in the annual Metropolitan Collegiate Championships, held at Rutgers University. The Mariners finished in fourth place at the event out of 17 teams that competed. The squad remade some NCAA qualifying times and also broke a couple of Academy and meet records over the three days of competition.
Senior Aloysius Vita (Davidsonville, Md.) was voted on by the Met Conference Coaches as the recipient of the Dick Krempecki Outstanding Senior Award for his contributions to the team.
After being named the ECAC Co-DIII South Swimmer of the Week earlier in the week, senior Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, Fla.) had a fantastic weekend – making six NCAA cuts, including one as part of the 400 medley relay team, and setting four records at the Mets. He remade an NCAA cut in the 100 backstroke, leading off the 400 medley relay by touching in 49.26. The senior also broke an Academy record and earned an NCAA cut in the 100 butterfly in 49.52. The record was previously held by former Mariner Frank Vita, who set the mark in 2012.
Leading off the 800 free relay, Lindgren had an NCAA mark and broke a program record by one second when he finished his 200 free leg in 1:39.29. He was also the Met Conference Champion in the 200 back, remade NCAA cuts and set a new meet record by touching first in 1:46.45 in the event. A week after setting the Academy record as the first 100 yard leg of the 400 free relay, Lindgren broke his own record by swimming a 44.63.
In that 400 free relay event, the team of Lindgren, sophomore Stone Hewitt (Destin, Fla.), junior William Kelsik (New Castle, Ind.) and sophomore Austin Butt (Westminster, Md.) had an NCAA qualifying time of 3:22.88.
In the diving competitions, junior Gerrit Porter (Houston, Texas) achieved two NCAA qualifying scores, racking up a score of 469.80 in the one-meter event and earning a 515.00 from the three-meter board. Sophomore Ryan Mavity (St. Joseph, Mich.) also earned an NCAA cut in the one-meter dive with a score of 445.40.
Hewitt made an NCAA cut in the 200 breaststroke event and broke his own school record that he set in 2014 by two seconds with a time of 2:02.60. He placed second in the event, just over half a second behind the first place time. In the 100 breast, Hewitt remade an NCAA cut with a time of 57.41.
Sophomore Karl Sasse (Frederick, Md.) also made NCAA cuts in the two breaststroke events with a 57.64 in the 100 breast and a 2:06.50 in the 200 breast. Butt had an NCAA qualifying time in the 100 breast as well, finishing right behind Sasse with a time of 57.81.
The Mariner divers will be in action this coming weekend, Feb. 27-28, when they compete in the NCAA Division III Diving Regionals, hosted by Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. The rest of the squad will find out on Wednesday if their qualifying times will earn them invites to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held in Shenandoah, Texas, March 18-21.