BOYD, Md. (Feb. 15, 2015) - Over the weekend, the USMMA women's swimming & diving team competed in the 2015 Landmark Championship Meet. The Mariners took fourth place at the event with a score of 445 points, improving over fifth-place showing from last season. Susquehanna University captured its fifth-straight Landmark Championship.
Merchant Marine had two team members earn individual championships as senior Jacqueline White (Oradell, N.J.) touched first in the 100-butterfly, the 200-backstroke and the 200-butterfly events, becoming the first Mariner female to win a swim championship in three years. Sophomore Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) won both the one- and three-meter diving competitions. White earned the Landmark Female Swimmer of the Year Award, while Fentress took the Diver of the Year honors.
White qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200-fly with an Academy record time of 2:06.56, which broke the record she set during the preliminaries. Her other victories were also school records, as she won the 100-fly in 57.77 and the 200-back in 2:06.99 (again breaking her own record she set in prelims).
Fentress set a new meet and Academy record score in the one-meter diving competition with a 380.25. She broke the record that was set in preliminaries by senior Elizabeth Jackson (Albany, Ga.). Jackson placed second in the one-meter dive finals with a 378.20. In the three-meter dive, Fentress scored a 397.85 to claim the championship.
Other Academy records were set in the following events:
- 200-individual medley by freshman Liz Grove (Winchester, Va.) in 2:12.88 (third place)
- 200-breaststroke by senior Emily Boyson (Garland, Texas) in 2:26.08 (second place)
- 400-medley relay by Grove, Boyson, White and sophomore Nina Demet (Lake Forest, Ill.) in 4:01.08 (third place)
- 200-medley relay by Grove, Boyson, White and Demet in 1:51.75 (fourth place)
- 400-freestyle relay by White, Grove, sophomore Jolyn Green (Riverside, Calif.) and Demet in 3:44.47 (fourth place)
The Mariners return to the pool next weekend, where they will compete in the Metropolitan Conference Championships, which will be held in New Brunswick, N.J., on the campus of Rutgers University from Feb. 20-22.