SHENANDOAH, Texas (March 21, 2015) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming & diving team completed competition at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday night and the Mariners placed 20th overall in the country out of the 52-team field with 47 points.
Merchant Marine has finished in the top 31 at the NCAAs in 13 out of the 14 years that head coach Sean Tedesco has been at the helm of the program.
Senior Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, Fla.) earned National Runner-Up twice at the four-day event, as he placed second in both the 100 backstroke (48.12) and the 200 back (1:44.08). His Finals time in the 200 backstroke was ahead of the national standard for the event at the time (1:44.79) that was set earlier in the day by National Champion, senior Harrison Curley of Kenyon, however Curley finished ahead of Lindgren by just 59-hundreths of a second in the 200 back finals.
Lindgren also placed sixth in the nation in 200 individual medley finals with a time of 1:48.22, which means he earned All-America honors three times over. Overall, he set or matched three Academy records and lifetime best times in all three events he swam in.
Sophomore Stone Hewitt (Destin, Fla.) also competed down in Texas. He swam in the 200 IM and had a lifetime best time of 1:56.56. Hewitt also swam in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke (56.35) and the 200 breast (2:03.88). In the 200 breaststroke prelims, he placed 19th, which was his highest finish at the NCAAs, including last year.
Overall, it was a great week for the Merchant Marine swimming program and a very successful end to a very successful 2014-15 campaign in the pool.