|Michael Diana||John Cannilla|
GERMANTOWN, Md. - For the third straight season, junior Michael Diana (Sommerville, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) of The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team won the Landmark Conference title in the 3-meter dive, leading the Royals on the first night of the 2019 Landmark Championships, which are being held at the Germantown Swim Center.
After the first night of competition, Scranton finds themselves in second place overall after collecting 170 total points. In first is Catholic, who earned 276 points on the first day, while just behind Scranton in third place in the team race in Susquehanna, who collected 169 total points on the first day of competition.
To start the evening finals, Scranton's 200-free relay team placed third overall with a time of 1:25.27, which smashed a school record in the event by almost nine seconds. On the team for the Royals was sophomore's Matt Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Popmeraug), and Jack Donnelly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock North), along with senior Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep).
Next up in the 500-freestyle, sophomore John Cannilla (Florham Park, N.J./Oratory Prep) earned All-Landmark honors after hitting the wall in 4:46.56 to finish second overall. In the 200-IM, Scranton had three swimmers qualify for the "A" finals, where Mills led the way with a fifth place finish (1:56.22). Junior Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) placed seventh in 2:00.00, while senior Chris Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) was eighth in 2:00.13.
After Donnelly placed seventh in the 50-free with a time of 21.95, it was time for the first diving event of the weekend, where Diana won a conference title with a combined score of 334.15.
The final event of the evening, the 400-medley relay, saw Scranton end the first night of competition on a high note, as the Royals placed second with a school-record time of 3:27.42. On the team for Scranton was Ramsthaler, Donnelly, Quigley, and Mills.
Action at the 2019 Landmark Conference Swimming & Diving Championships continues tomorrow in Germantown. Fans can follow the action all day long by following the live video and live results, which are available by clicking here.