Women’s Swimming & Diving Remains Third After Day 2 of Landmark Conference Championships

Elizabeth Howlin helped Scranton set a new program record in the 200 medley relay on Saturday.
Elizabeth Howlin helped Scranton set a new program record in the 200 medley relay on Saturday.



GERMANTOWN, Md. – The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team claimed two more individual championships and set three school records on Day 2 of the Landmark Conference Championships at the Germantown Swim Center on Saturday.  The Royals remain in third place in the overall competition with 370 points, trailing Susquehanna (587) and Catholic (493).

For the second time in as many days, Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) established a new Landmark Conference Championship meet record.  A day after breaking the conference's 200 IM record, the freshman won the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 1:04.71, which was also good for a new Scranton record by nearly two and half seconds.

Byrne also won the 100 backstroke with a new program record for the Royals', touching the wall in 58.35 seconds for her third individual championship of the weekend.

Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) added a third place finish in the 100 breaststroke while Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) followed in fourth place.

The Royals also broke a school record in the 200 medley relay as Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet),Byrne, Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West), and Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane) clocked in at 1:48.87.  The team, which finished third in the event, broke a program-best mark that stood since 2012, by nearly a full second.

Mackenzie Morret (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) finished fifth in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 310.15 while Mason also placed fifth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:49.56.  O'Sullivan also added a fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke by clocking in at 1:00.21.

The Royals finished fourth in the 800 freestyle relay as Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), and Harper recorded a time of 8:08.90.

Scranton will close out the Landmark Conference Championships tomorrow at the Germantown Swim Center with action starting at 10:00 a.m.