|Lauren Byrne||Audrey Campo||Claire Mason|
GERMANTOWN, Md. - Sophomore Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) finished off a banner weekend at the 2019 Landmark Conference women's Swimming & Diving Championships to earn Swimmer of the Year honors, as the Royals finished third as a team at the event that wrapped up Sunday evening at the Germantown Swim Center.
For the event, Scranton collected 661 total points to finish third overall. Susquehanna went on to win the conference title as a team with 779 total points, while Catholic edged the Royals for a runner-up finish as a team with 662 points.
Winning Swimmer of the Year honors, Byrne becomes just the second female student-athlete in program history to earn the honor from the Landmark Conference, joining Erin O'Connor, who took the award in both 2008 and 2009.
On Sunday, Byrne finished off an incredible run in the three-day event by breaking a program record in the 200-back, capturing her third individual event of the weekend with a time of 2:06.70.
Elsewhere, sophomore Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) won her second individual event of the championships on the evening Sunday, taking the 200-breaststroke with a conference, championships and program record time of 2:20.65. Finishing right behind Campo in the same event was senior Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy), who nabbed All-Landmark Conference honors with a runner-up placing in 2:25.90.
In other events, senior Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) (2:12.51), sophomore Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) (2:13.02) and junior Riva Kelly (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) (2:16.03) finished sixth through eighth, respectively, in the 200-back, and senior Emma Rose Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) placed seventh in the 100-freestyle with a time of 55.31.
In the 200-breaststroke, junior Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) nabbed a spot in the finals and finished seventh overall in 2:35.32, which was the final individual performance of note on the weekend for Scranton.
The final event of the championships saw the Royals collect another high finish, as Scranton's 400-free relay team earned All-Landmark Conference accolades with a second place finish in 3:34.43, a new program record in the event. On the team for the Royals was Byrne (who swam anchor), Campo, Ilseman, and freshman Amber Diehl (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt).
The University of Scranton women'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.