Fentress Breaks Academy & Pool Record In Mariners’ Loss At Coast GuardOn Saturday, senior diver Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) set a new USMMA record in the one-meter dive with a score of 290.85, shattering the old record of 257.55 set in 2015. The mark was also new record for Coast Guard’s Roland Pool, breaking a 16 year old pool record, and qualifies her for NCAAs. Despite the great feat by Fentress, the Mariners suffered their first loss of the season, 198-101, at the hands of the Bears.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns Two Skyline Victories At Home TuesdayThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women’s swimming & diving team defeated a pair of Skyline Conference opponents on Tuesday night in a home meet at the O’Hara Hall Pool. The Marines downed St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn by the score of 137-61 and triumphed over Mount St. Vincent, 137-21. USMMA improves to 7-0 on the season, with all seven victories coming in Skyline action.
Don & Lou Sweep Skyline Women’s Swim Weekly AwardsEarlier this week, the Skyline Conference announced that two USMMA women’s swimmers, senior Catherine Don (Quincy, Ill.) and freshman Erica Lou (Flushing, N.Y.), were selected as the league’s Swimmer and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The honors come after the duo helped lead the Mariners to four Skyline victories last week over St. Joseph’s (L.I) and Old Westbury on Friday night and Sarah Lawrence and Purchase on Saturday.
Three Mariners Named CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans; Both Squads Recognized As Scholar All-America TeamsOn Tuesday, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced that a total of 853 collegiate swimmers and divers around the country earned Scholar All-American Accolades. Of those 853 were three members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy swimming & diving programs who were Honorable Mention selections – sophomore Adam Fisher (Edgerton, Wisc.) and freshman Christopher Kahl (Solomons, Md.) from the men’s team and freshman Tyler Wickesberg (Albuquerque, N.M.) from the women’s squad.
2015-16 Athletic Award Winners Announced; McDaniels And Rose Earn Top AccoladesThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy held its 2016 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Graduation Weekend festivities. Four major athletic award winners were announced during the ceremony – the Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the two Coaches of the Year – along with a number of other athletic awards and honors.
Porter Qualifies For Nationals To Highlight Mariners’ Weekend At NCAA Diving RegionalsThis weekend, USMMA diving coach Johan Lopez took the three Mariner divers that qualified for the NCAA Diving Regionals up to Wellesley College for a chance to send them through to Nationals. Senior Gerrit Porter (Houston, Texas) placed first in the one-meter dive on Friday and second in the three-meter dive on Saturday to qualify for the NCAA National Championship.
Macedo & Fentress Earn ECAC DIII Metro Swim & Dive Weekly AccoladesThe Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that USMMA freshman Matheus Macedo (Elk Grove, Calif.) was named the DIII Metro Men’s Rookie of the Week, while junior Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) earned DIII Metro Diver of the Week honors on the women’s side.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Places Third At 2016 Landmark Championship MeetThe USMMA women’s swimming & diving team finished the 2016 Landmark Conference Championship Meet on Sunday and came in third place overall out of the eight teams competing with a total of 470 points. The Mariners crowned one more individual champion on Sunday and had two more Academy records broken.
Women’s Swim & Dive: Friday Landmark Championships Update – Mariners Sit In Third PlaceThe USMMA women?s swimming & diving team completed the first day of the 2016 Landmark Championship Meet on Friday and crowned one Conference Champion, as junior Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) won the three-meter dive event. Fentress and a number of other Mariner were named to the All-Landmark Teams, while some conference, meet and Academy records fell throughout the day.
Wickesberg Honored As Rookie Of The Week By ECAC On WednesdayOn Wednesday, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced the Corvias Players of the Week for women’s swimming & diving and USMMA freshman Tyler Wickesberg (Albuquerque, N.M.) earned Division III Metro Rookie of the Week honors for the first time this year.
Mariner Women Fall To Rival Coast Guard On Senior DayOn Saturday, the women’s swimming & diving team lost a tough match, 193-106, to arch-rival Coast Guard on Senior Day. The loss was the Mariners’ first of the season, dropping their record to 5-1, while the Bears improve to 2-5.
Trio Of Mariners Honored By ECAC On WednesdayOn Wednesday, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced the Corvias Players of the Week for women’s swimming & diving and USMMA had three team members honored for their performances in two non-conference victories last week – junior Catherine Don (Quincy, Ill.) was name the Swimmer of the Week, junior Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) the Diver of the Week and freshman Ella Sherrill (Ketchikan, Alaska) was the Rookie of the Week.
Mariners Win All Events En Route To 117-75 Victory Over St. Joseph’s (L.I.)On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women’s swimming & diving team claimed a victory in every event against St. Joseph’s of Long Island to capture its third straight win to start the dual meet season, 117-75, at the O’Hara Hall Pool. The Mariners improve to 3-0, while the Golden Eagles fall to 4-7.
Landmark Conference Swimming & Diving Championship Information AvailableIn a little over a month, the Landmark Conference will crown its 2016 Swimming & Diving Champions in Germantown, Md. The championships are set for February 12-14, 2016 at the Germantown Swim Center. Now In its ninth year of competition, this year marks the second year the conference will host the championships in Germantown, with U.S. Merchant Marine men and Susquehanna women defending their 2015 titles.
Kahl & Fentress Earn Landmark Swim & Dive Athlete Of The Week HonorsThe Landmark Conference announced its Athletes of the Week on Monday and USMMA had two student-athletes recognized for their performances last week for the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. Sophomore Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) was named the Women’s Swim & Dive Athlete of the Week, while freshman Christopher Kahl (Solomons, Md.) earned the accolade on the men’s side.
Wickesberg And Fentress Lead Mariners At TCNJ Invite This Past WeekendFreshman Tyler Wickesberg (Albuquerque, N.M.) and sophomore Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) picked up the women’s swimming & diving team’s only first-place finishes at this past weekend’s TCNJ Invitational. The Mariners, competing in just their second event of the season, finished in fifth place in the event amongst well-rested and shaved opponents.
Three Divers Participate In NCAA Regional MeetThis past Friday and Saturday, three USMMA divers competed at the very competitive NCAA Diving Regional Meet, hosted by Springfield College. The Mariners sent junior Gerrit Porter (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Ryan Mavity (St. Joseph, Mich.) on the men’s side and senior Elizabeth Jackson (Albany, Ga.) represented the women. The trio had a strong weekend.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Crowns One Met Champ And Breaks Six Records This Past WeekendThe USMMA women’s swimming & diving team travelled to Rutgers University this past weekend to take part in the Metropolitan Conference Championship Meet. The Mariners placed eighth out of the 18 teams competing at the event and had one team member claim an individual championship, sophomore Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) in the one-meter dive. The squad also broke six Academy records over the weekend.
Swimming & Diving Teams Gearing Up For Landmark Championships This WeekendThe USMMA men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will be competing in the Landmark Conference Championship Meet this weekend from Friday, Feb. 13 until Sunday, Feb. 15. For the first time in the league’s eight years of competition, the event will be held at a neutral site, as the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Maryland will serve as the host.