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November 23, 2013

Merchant Marine Opens Season at USMMA Invitational

The USMMA men's swimming and diving team opened the 2013-14 season Saturday afternoon at the USMMA Invitational.  Freshman Austin Butt (Westminster, MD) was voted the Mariner of the meet by his teammates.  Butt posted solid swims in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:02.60, and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.17.

"I enjoyed watching our team race today," said Head Coach Sean Tedesco.  "Our freshman performed very well for their first collegiate meet.  I'm excited about the rest of this season."

Ryan Mavity (St. Joseph, MI) captured first-place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions in his first collegiate meet.  Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) took second-place in the 100 backstroke as the junior hit the wall in 55.41 seconds.  Andrew Terselic (Tijera, NM) finished in the top-six in both the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 57.84 seconds 2:07.34.  Freshman Jordan Kendall (Winter Haven, FL) placed third in the 200 backstroke as he finished in 2:05.42.

Another rookie, Stone Hewitt (Destin, FL) won his first collegiate event as he swam the top-time in the 200 breaststroke with 2:14.60.  Tim Furman (Hokkaido, Japan) had a strong showing in the freestyle sprints as he stopped the clock in 23.01 and 50.92 seconds in the 50 and 100 freestyle.  Josh McCormick swam the 500 freestyle in 5:10.75 and the 200 freestyle in 1:50.80.

The USMMA men's swimming and diving team returns to action December 6-8 at the TCNJ Invitational.