Mariners Finish Fifth at Landmark Conference Championships
Scranton, PA – The USMMA women's swimming and diving team placed fifth over the weekend at the 2014 Landmark Conference Championships. The weekend saw Merchant Marine take down six Academy records and Elizabeth Jackson (Albany, GA) claim a Landmark Conference title on the 3-meter diving board. The Mariners had been in seventh place following each of the first two days of competition before charging into fifth by the end of the event.
The Merchant Marine women's swimming & diving team started off the 2014 Landmark Conference Championships with the 200 freestyle relay team breaking the Academy record. The squad, which includes three freshmen, of Nina Demet (Lake Forrest, IL), Emily Olsen (Glenwood, NJ), Jolyn Green (Riverside, CA), and Catherine Don (Quincy, IL) hit the wall in 1:42.40, 1.5 seconds better than the previous USMMA record.
The 400 medley squad smashed an Academy record by 8.5 seconds and took second overall with a mark of 4:02.75. The team of Green, Demet, Emily Boyson (Garland, TX), and Jacqueline White (Oradell, NJ) fell just .5 seconds short of bring a Landmark Conference title to Kings Point.
Green established a new individual Academy record with a 2:14.71 swim in the 200 IM. The new standard placed the rookie fourth in her first Landmark Conference Championship event.
The Mariners kicked-off day two of the conference championships by topping the Academy record in the 200 yard medley relay. The team of Jolyn Green (Riverside, CA), Emily Boyson (Garland, TX), Jacqueline White (Oradell, NJ) and Nina Demet (Lake Forrest, IL) set the new mark by touching in at 1:53.29.
Elizabeth Jackson (Albany, GA) posted 405.10 points to set a new Academy and Landmark records en route to winning gold on 3-meter diving board.
Earlier in the day, White took down the longest standing USMMA record as her preliminary swim in the 100 backstroke unseated the 1985 standard of Leslie Custer. White posted a preliminary time of 59.79 seconds before claiming third-place in the finals.
Olsen earned sliver in the 100 breaststroke as she hit the wall in 1:08.53. The senior claimed Second-Team All-Landmark Conference accolades with just a .01 second advantage over the third-place finisher.
After day two of the 2014 Landmark Conference Championships, Merchant Marine was in seventh place out of eight teams.
White finished third in both the 200 backstroke and the 200 butterfly in the final day of the Landmark Conference Championships. She finished the 200 backstroke in 2:10.06 and the 200 butterfly in 2:15.18.
Emily Boyson (Garland, TX) rounded the Mariner finalists with a third-place showing in the 200 breaststroke, hitting the wall in 2:29.06, 30 seconds better than her preliminary time.