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March 27, 2012

Lindgren Qualifies for Olympic Trials, USMMA Shines at Nationals

Capped by a remarkable Olympic Trial qualifying performance by standout freshman Kevin Lindgren (pictured right), the United States Merchant Marine Academy was well represented at last week?s NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Senior captain Frank Vita and Lindgren combined for four All-American certificates, eight life-time best records, and five academy records.

Lindgren's time of 2:04.45 in the 200 Backstroke made the Olympic Trial cut by .54 seconds.

Vita placed 4th and 13th in the 200 & 100 Butterfly respectively, earning All-American honors for both.  Lindgren placed 13th & 16th in the 200 and 100 Backstroke respectively, also earning him All-American status for both. 

"Frank Vita and Kevin Lindgren really impressed me this week at NCAAs," said Sean Tedesco, Head Coach of the men's and women's swimming & diving teams at USMMA.  "They deserve all of their accomplishments because they dedicated themselves to reaching the highest level.  Frank and Kevin represented the Academy and our team proudly. "

Vita and Lindgren had already helped USMMA capture their 11th straight conference title.  Prior to heading to nationals both athletes were named 1st Team All-Conference and Lindgren was awarded Landmark Conference rookie of the year.

As a team, Kings Point finished 31st overall, marking the 10th time in the last 11 seasons they finished in the top 31 in the country.