|Lauren Byrne||Audrey Campo||Amber Diehl||Elizabeth Howlin|
GERMANTOWN, Md. - Sophomore Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) kicked off the 2019 Landmark Conference Swimming & Diving Championships by winning the 200-IM in a conferece, program and championship meet record time, as The University of Scranton find themselves in third place overall after the first day of the event at the Germantown Swim Center.
In the team race, Susquehanna leads the way after the first night of competition, collecting 224 total points on the day. The River Hawks are followed by Catholic (204 points), while the Royals find themselves in third place after accumulating 191 points on the day.
The evening session of the first day of the championships started with a bang for the Royals, as Scranton's 200-free relay team broke a Landmark championship meet record after hitting the wall 1:36.67 to edge Susquehanna to finish first in the event. The time, which also broke a school and Landmark Conference overall record in the event, gave Scranton their first Landmark title in a relay event since 2017, as well.
On the relay team for Scranton was Byrne (who swam anchor), fellow sophomore Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), freshman Amber Diehl (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt) and junior Elizabeth Howlin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West).
The next final of note was the 200-IM, where Byrne won the Landmark Conference title for the second straight year, breaking her own conference and school record in the event with a time of 2:06.41. The time was also an NCAA "B" cut for Byrne, as well.
Finishing second in the 200-IM was Scranton senior Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt St. Dominic Academy), as the Royals took the top two spots in the event after she finished in a time of 2:13.03. Junior Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) also nabbed a spot in the "A" final, finishing seventh in the event with a time of 2:15.43.
Next up in the 50-free, Diehl hit the wall in 24.73 in the evening finals to finish third overall. This was followed by a strong finish in the 1-meter dive by sophomore Mackenzie Morret (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs), who garnered 268.10 to take bronze medalist honors in the event.
The opening night of the Landmark Championships ended strong for Scranton, as the Royals' 400-medley relay team finished second with a time of 3:56.51, smashing a school record in the event in the process. On the squad for the Royals was Mason, Byrne, Campo, and sophomore Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet).
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.