Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) and Stone Hewitt (Destin, FL) will both head to Indianapolis, IN to represent the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Lindgren was an All-American last season and finished second in the nation in the 200 backstroke. Hewitt breaks into the field as a freshman after winning four events at the Landmark Conference Championships, including two individual races and two relays.
Lindgren's schedule at the 2014 NCAA Championships features the 100 and 200 backstroke events as well as the 200 individual medley. The Landmark Conference Swimmer of the Year won all three of these events at the conference championships. Hewitt's first trip to nationals will see the rookie swim in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as join Lindgren in the 200 individual medley.
The Mariners have had a stellar 2014 campaign with nine different athletes achieving NCAA cut times. This ties the Academy record for qualifiers along with the 1984 and 2009 teams. USMMA also posted 13 total NCAA standards, establishing a new program record.
"I am excited that we had nine athletes achieve the NCAA qualify standards," said Head Coach Sean Tedesco. "I am proud and I look forward to coaching Kevin Lindgren and Stone Hewitt at the NCAA Championships this year."
Lindgren, Hewitt, William Kelsik (New Castle, IN), Hunter Rowan (Matthews, NC), Alvaro Brice (The Woodlands, TX), Joshua McCormick (Granite Bay, CA), and Austin Butt (Westminster, MD) were all members of either a 200 or 400 medley relay squad that reached a NCAA cut time. Lindgren also reached qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. William Porter (Houston, TX) and Ryan Mavity (St. Joseph, MI) round out USMMA's NCAA qualifiers and competed at the regional event last weekend.
The 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships will be held March 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN at the IU Natatorium and will be hosted by IUPUI.