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February 27, 2012

Another Strong Showing for Swimmers & Divers

The United States Merchant Marine Academy men's and women's swimming and diving teams placed 4th and 9th respectively at last weekend's Metropolitan championships held at Rutgers University.

Following their dominating performance at the Landmark Conference Championships a week earlier, the men's swimmers and divers placed 4th among a field of 18 schools and 3rd among Division III schools.

Senior Frank Vita and Freshmen Kevin Lindgren both earned invitations to NCAA nationals.  Vita's time in the 200 fly was good enough to make a Division III National A Cut, while Lindgren's record breaking time in the 200 backstroke earned him the same honor. 

Vita and Lindgren teamed with juniors Chris Scott (pictured right) and Sean Minor to earn a Division III National B Cut in the 400 medley relay.  Additionally, Vita and Lindgren teamed up again, this time with junior Blake Krell and sophomore Josh McCormick to break the Academy record in the 800 freestyle relay which has stood for the past 27 years.

The women's team finished 9th among a field of 19 schools and 5th among Division III schools; improving their score from last year's meet by 140 points.  Sophomore Alexandra Biehn broke the academy record for 1650, while freshman Emily Boyson, freshman Elizabeth Moore, freshman Jackie White, and junior Casey Moore broke the 400 medley relay academy record for the second time this year.  Additionally, White also broke her 200 butterfly academy record for the fourth time this season.

Over the past two weeks, the men and women have combined to break 66 swimming and diving records, including 27 Academy records and 14 Landmark Conference records.  Both teams have some time off until the NCAA Championships March 21st – 24th.