|Lauren Byrne||Audrey Campo||Michael Diana||John Fimmano||Jack Donnelly|
Fresh off a pair of excellent dual meet seasons, The University of Scranton men's and women's swimming & diving teams will head south today, traveling to Germantown, Md. for the 2020 Landmark Conference Championships, which begin Friday morning at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. The event runs through Sunday evening.
On the weekend, Scranton's women's team will look to capture their first Landmark Conference title since 2010 and their fourth Landmark championship overall in program history. The men's team will be in search of their first Landmark title, as both teams finished third overall in each of the last two Landmark championship meets.
For the men's team, the Royals finished 6-4 in dual meets in 2019-20, and almost everyone who registered an All-Landmark Conference performance in last season's Championships will be in the line-up for Scranton this weekend in Germantown.
Leading the way is senior diver Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville), who looks to end his career at Scranton by taking both diving competitions, something he has done in two of the last three Landmark Conference Championships. Diana is also the reigning conference Men's Diver of the Year, an award he won after his freshman season of 2017, as well.
In the pool, junior's John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) and Jack Donnelly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock North) look to defend Landmark Conference championships in the 200-butterfly and 100-breaststroke, respectively, as well.
On the women's side, the Royals look to continue their winning ways, as Scranton posted an unbeaten record against Landmark competition in dual meets (6-0), posting a 9-1 overall mark in the pool on the year.
Pacing the Royals in the Landmark Championships is junior Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), the defending Landmark Female Swimmer of the Year who has put together an incredible campaign in 2019-20. This weekend, Bryne will defend conference titles in the 200-IM, 200-backstroke, and 100-breaststroke.
Meanwhile, junior teammate Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) will look to defend conference crowns in two events this weekend, the 400-IM and 200-breaststroke, as Campo looks to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships for the second straight season, a feat she accomplished during last year's Landmark Championship meet.
The Royals women's team will also defend a conference crown in the 200-freestyle relay, which was run last year by Bryne, Campo, sophomore Amber Diehl (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt) and senior Elizabeth Howlin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West).
Fans making the trip to Germantown are reminded that ticket sales at the Germantown Swim Center will start at 8:00 a.m. all three days.
If you are not making the trip to Maryland, there will still be a way to follow the action live all weekend long. The Landmark Conference will be providing live video coverage of both morning and evening sessions each day, and live stats will also be available.
For links to live coverage and for more information on this weekend's Landmark Conference swimming & diving championships, click here: https://landmarkconference.org/sports/swimdive/2019-20/championships.