The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team is slated to finish third in the 2019-20 Landmark Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released by the conference office on Tuesday morning.
In the rankings, defending Landmark Conference champion Catholic leads the way with 60 points and six first-place votes. Susquehanna came in second with 46 points and a first-place vote, while the Royals were slotted third with 44 total points. Rounding out the top four was Drew with 30 points.
For the full release on the preseason ranking from the Landmark Conference, click here.
After registering a third-place finish at the Landmark Conference Championships in each of the last two seasons, the Royals welcome a new head coach in 2019-20 in Chris Brown. Brown joined the program in August from Hartwick College, where he was an assistant for two seasons.
Brown inherits a strong group in his first season as the head coach at Scranton, as the squad returns five All-Landmark Conference performers from a season ago.
Leading the group is senior diver Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville), who enters his final year in the program the three-time defending Landmark Conference Male Diver of the Year. Last season, Diana was the Landmark Conference Champion in both the one-meter and three-meter dives, sweeping the events for the second time in his three-year career.
On the swimming side, a pair of Landmark Conference Champions return in junior's John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) and Jack Donnelly (Washington Crossing, Pa. /Council Rock North). Last season, Fimmano was an All-Landmark Conference First Team pick in the 200-butterfly, while Donnelly did the same thing in the 100-breaststroke.
The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team will open their 2019-20 slate on Sunday, Oct. 20, as they travel across town to Marywood for a dual meet. After traveling to Catholic (Oct. 26) and King's (Nov. 1), the Royals will host their first meet in the Bryon Center on Nov. 2, entertaining Juniata and Goucher.
For the full 2019-20 men's swimming and diving schedule, click here.