GERMANTOWN, Md. - For the third time in his career, junior Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) was named the Landmark Conference's Diver of the Year, as The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team finished third overall at the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships, which wrapped up Sunday evening at the Germantown Swim Center.
Overall, the Royals finished the three-day event with a combined score of 612.5 points to place third. Catholic captured the conference crown as a team with 867 total points, while Susquehanna finished second with 624 points.
Diana essentially wrapped up the Diver of the Year award over the last two night, as he captured both the 1-meter dive (344.85) and 3-meter event (334.15) in that time frame. After sharing the award last year, Diana takes the honor outright for the first time since his freshman season of 2017, he joins Tim McCormick (2012) as the only two divers to earn the Diver of the Year award from the Landmark in program history.
In the pool on Sunday evening, sophomore John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) was the gold medalist in the 200-fly, hitting the wall in 1:56.40. Fimmano also swam a leg on Scranton's 400-free relay team that placed third overall in 3:10.98. Also on the team for Scranton was sophomore Matt Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), and senior's Chris Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and Alexander Rigione (Fairfield, Conn./Saint Joseph).
In other events on the night, sophomore John Cannilla (Florham Park, N.J./Oratory Prep) was second in the 1650-free to nab All-Landmark honors in that event with a time of 16:49.54, while freshman Evan Morgan (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) was fifth in the same event in 17:07.32. In the 200-back, senior Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was seventh in 2:01.42, while Cannilla earned a place in the finals and placed eighth in 2:06.90.
Fimmano then registered another high finish, this time in the 100-freestyle by placing fifth in 47.25. Rigione was eighth in the same event with a time of 48.55, as well. Meanwhile, in the 200-breaststroke, sophomore Jack Donnelly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock North) earned a runner-up finish in 2:08.16, while Mills was fourth overall after hitting the wall in 2:10.83.
The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team will wrap up their 2018-19 season next weekend at the Kenyon Last Chance Meet in Ohio. Action gets underway on Saturday and concludes Sunday.