VILLANOVA, Pa. (Jan. 11, 2015) – The USMMA men's swimming team took on tough Division I opponent Villanova University on Sunday and stepped up and swam fast against the Wildcats, but ultimately lost by the final score of 151-111. The Mariners had multiple first and second place finishes and season best times at the meet.
Leading the way with three victories over the DI competition was senior Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, Fla.), who touched first in the 100 backstroke (52.04 – a four-second improvement on his season best time), the 200 back (1:58.70) and the 200 individual medley (1:58.60). Sophomore Karl Sasse (Frederick, Md.) picked up a pair of impressive wins in the breaststroke events with season-best times of 59.83 (two-second improvement) in the 100 breast and 2:12.99 (four-second improvement) in the 200 breast.
Freshman Nick Lambson (Knoxville, Tenn.) came in second place with season-best times in both distance events – the 1,000 freestyle in 10:07.49 (a 26-second improvement) and the 500 free in 4:51.06 (a two-second improvement). Also coming in second place in their respective events were sophomores Austin Butt (Westminster, Md.) and Joshua Jepsen (San Diego, Calif.). Butt swam a 22.10 in the 50 free and a 48.47 in the 100 free, while Jepsen had a time of 2:03.54 in the 200 butterfly and a 54.45 in the 100 fly.
Season-bests were turned in by freshman Andrew Jackson (Cheasapeake, Va.) in the 200 free by three seconds, sophomore John Terselic (Tijera, N.M.) in the 200 free by four seconds, junior Llorenc Aguiar (Garden Grove, Calif.) in the 200 free by two seconds, junior Alex Rodgers (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) in the 100 back by three seconds and the 200 back by one second, senior Hunter Rowan (Matthews, N.C.) in the 200 back by four seconds and junior Case Kuikhoven (Ketchikan, Alaska) in the 500 free by 15 seconds.
Also, the 200 medley relay team of Lindgren, Sasse, Jackson and Butt had a second place finish in the first event of the day with a season-best time of 1:36.97, which was a one second improvement.
The Mariners will now train all this week for their showdown against arch-rival Coast Guard scheduled for next Saturday, Jan. 17, up in New London, Conn.