Nine Former Mariners Named To Landmark Men’s Swim & Dive All-Decade Team

Nine Former Mariners Named To Landmark Men’s Swim & Dive All-Decade Team

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Last week, the Landmark Conference announced that a league-high nine former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimmers and divers were named to the conference's All-Decade Team after a vote by all of the Landmark Coaches earlier this month – Alvaro Brice '16, Andrew Denning '11, Nick Halbach '11, Stone Hewitt, Erik Johnsen, Kevin Lindgren '15, Sean Minor '13, Gerrit Porter '16 and Chris Scott '13.
 
Brice was an eight-time conference champion, and won two team titles for USMMA. He was back-to-back champion in the 200/400/800 free relays and won the 200 free and 400 medley relay in 2013.  He was a four-time NCAA Qualifier and an All-American. 
 
Denning won four Landmark championships and was a 13-time All-Conference First Team selection while at USMMA. He won the 100 free and 800 free relay from 2009-2011 and was a two-time champion in the 400 free relay in 2010, 2011 and the 200 medley relay in 2008 and 2009. He also won the 200 free relay in 2009 2010 and 50 free in 2009.  He was a four-time NCAA Qualifier.
 
Halbach won four Landmark Championships and was the four-time 1-meter dive champion. He also won the 3-meter five in 2008, 2010, and 2011. Halbach was named the Diver of the Year three times (2008-2010). Halbach currently has two championship records, the 3-meter dive (608.35) and 1-meter dive (595.20).  He was an eight-time NCAA Qualifier, four-time NCAA Champion, two-time NCAA Diver of the Year and broke the NCAA Record for 3 Meter diving. 
 
Competing three years in the Landmark before USMMA's departure in the summer of 2016, Hewitt was a 12-time conference champion and first team selection. He won the 100/200 breaststroke from 2014-2016 and was a member of the winning 200/400 medley relay teams from 2014-2016. He was also a member of the Landmark Championship teams from 2014-16. Stone currently holds two championship records, the 100 breaststroke (55.91 - 2014) and 200 breaststroke (2:04.93 - 2014).  He was an 11-time NCAA Qualifier and competed at NCAA's in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. 
 
Johnsen won six events (500/1650 free, 200/400 medley relay, 800 free relay, and 100 fly) in 2009 for USMMA and was named the conference Swimmer of the Year that same year. He was also a member of the team that won the Landmark Conference Championship.  He was a NCAA Qualifier in the 100 fly.  
 
Lindgren was a four-time champion in the 100/200 back, 200 freestyle relay, and 400 medley relay, while helping the 400 free relay team to three championships from 2013-2015. He was a two-time winner in the 200 medley relay, and won the 800 free relay in 2013 and 200 individual medley in 2014. Lindgren was a member of four Landmark Championship teams, and was voted as the conference Swimmer of the Year three years in a row from 2013-2015.  He is a two-time Olympic Trial Qualifier and competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials.  He is a 34-time NCAA Qualifier and an 11-time All-American including three runner up finishes in the 200 back and one time runner up in the 100 back. 
 
Minor was 12-time all-conference selection for USMMA. He was a member of the 400 free relay team that placed first from 2010-2013, the 200 free relay team that won from 2010-2013, and won the 50 free (2010) and 200 medley relay in 2010. Minor was also a member of the USMMA teams that won four conference titles.  He is a five-time NCAA Qualifier and an All-American as part of the 400 free relay team that placed 16th in the 2013 season. 
 
Porter won the 3-meter dive all four years at USMMA (2013-2016) and the 1-meter dive from 2014-2016. He was named the Landmark Conference Diver of the Year all four years and captured four team titles.  He is an eight-time NCAA Qualifier and two-time All-American (6th and 11th in 2016).
 
Scott was a member of the USMMA teams that won the conference championships from 2010-2013. He was a nine-time All-Conference First Team selection, including a three-time champion in the 400 individual medley. He was named to the Academic Honor Roll Team in 2012 and 2013.  He is a two-time NCAA qualifier.
 
For the complete release from the Landmark Conference, click here.
 
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