KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 22, 2014) – The USMMA men's swimming and diving team opened the 2014-15 season by welcoming in four Division II schools and one Division III opponent for the 2014 USMMA Memorial Invite on Saturday at the O'Hara Pool. The Mariners had a number of impressive performances in the first meet of the campaign, including six first place finishes on the day.
The Mariners touched first in the 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay events, while also having the top diver in both the one-meter and three-meter competitions.
Sophomore Austin Butt (Westminster, Md.) won the 100 free in a time of 48.37 after just returning back from his sea term earlier in the month. In the same event, freshman Andrew Jackson (Cheasapeake, Va.) had an impressive race, placing second with a time of 48.99.
Sophomore Karl Sasse (Frederick, Md.) led a group of Mariners that finished 1-5 in the 100 breast, as he touched up in 1:02.84.
Senior Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, Fla.) had a strong showing in his first meet of the season, finishing in first place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.10. Lindgren was the national runner-up in the event for the past two seasons.
The 400-free relay team of Lindgren, Jackson, Butt and freshman Nicholas Lambson (Knoxville, Tenn.) won in impressive fashion with a time of 3:13.99.
In the one-meter dive, the USMMA men took first place and third through fifth. Leading the way was junior William Porter (Houston, Texas) with a team-high score of 242.35. Porter also led the Mariners and finished in first place again in the three-meter dive with a score of 262.10.
Other noteworthy performances on the day included the 200-medley relay squad of Lindgren, Sasse, Jackson and Butt trimming their time down two seconds to 1:37.33 for a second-place finish behind the team from Bridgeport University. Lindgren was also solid with great early-season times of 1:57.74 in the 200 individual medley (fourth place) and 52.95 in the 100 back (second place by just one-tenth of a second).
Also, in the 200 IM, senior Ben Gabbard (Vacaville, Calif.) was impressive with his time of 2:08.29. Freshman Nicholas Lambson (Knoxville, Tenn.) swam a 4:57.69 in the 500 free in his first collegiate race, while classmate Jordan Weaver (Olive Branch, Miss.) was also notable in his first meet, finishing in fourth place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:30.70.
For the complete results from the event, click here.
The Mariners return to action the weekend of Dec. 5-7, when they will travel to Ewing, N.J., to take part in the TCNJ Invitational.
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