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Merchant Marine in Third After Opening Day of Landmark Conference Championships

Scranton, PA – The USMMA women's swimming team is currently in third-place at the 2013 Landmark Conference Championships.  The Mariner divers scored the best finish of the day with sophomore Elizabeth Jackson (Albany, GA) breaking a conference record to take gold in the 1-meter diving competition. 

Jackson totaled 346.00 points to defeat last year's conference champion and record holder Colleen Barry of Scranton.  Junior Lynae Harvey (Thornton, CO) finished fourth in 1-meter diving for 15 points while the sixth-place of finish of Kathryn Schmidt earned 13 points for the Mariners. 

Alexandra Biehn (Burnsville, MN) grabbed sixth in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 5:25.22.  Biehn had a superb swim, improving on her preliminary time by over eight seconds.

Emily Olsen (Glenwood, NJ) hit the wall in 2:19.27 in the 200 IM to capture eight-place and 11 points for the Merchant Marine Academy.  Sophomore Emily Boyson (Garland, TX) swam the same event in 2:22.06 to place 12th in the conference.

The team finished day one of the event with a fifth-place showing in the 400 yard medley relay.  Jacqueline White (Oradell, NJ), Boyson, Olsen, and Megan Rumbles (Fenton, MI) combined for a time of 4:12.09 and 28 total points.

The women's swimming team returns to the pool tomorrow for Day 2 of the Landmark Conference Championships, which are being held at Marywood.

Standings After Day 1

1. Susquehanna

245.5

2. Scranton

199.5

3. USMMA

129

4. Marywood

108

5. Drew

107

    Juniata

107

7. Catholic

102

8. Goucher

57