KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming and diving team represented very well during the NCAA Division III Championship held at the University of Tennessee. As Kings Point finished overall in 19th place, as well as compiling some impressive feats in the four day event.
The 19th place finish for Kings Point is the ninth time the men's swimming and diving team finished in the top 30 in 10 years.
Kings Point finished with two individual NCAA Championships, two NCAA Awards (Diver and Diving Coach of the Year), three individual All-Americans, and three records broken (one NCAA and two Academy records). The three individual All-Americans are the most that Kings Point has had since 1989 (22 years).
Senior Nicholas Halbach (Wheat Ridge, Colo.):
1 Meter: NCAA Champion and All-American
3 Meter: NCAA Champion, NCAA Record, NCAA Diver of the Year and All-American
Halbach becomes swimming and diving's most decorated athlete while also recording the highest individual points.
Junior John Fields (Burke, Va.):
200 IM: 12th place and All-American
200 Breast and 400 IM: 18th place
Junior Frank Vita (Davidsonville, Md.):
200 Fly: 12th place, All-American and broke his own Academy record
100 Fly: 30th place and broke Academy record held by former All-American Jay Carpenter
200 IM: 36th place
Coach Kevin Ryan: NCAA Diving Coach of the Year, marking his fourth time receiving this honor.