It was a historic weekend for sophomore Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) of the women's swimming & diving team at the Landmark Conference Championships, and for her efforts over the three-day event, she was named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week for the period ending Feb. 17 on Monday.
Byrne, who earns Scranton Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in her career, last nabbing it on Dec. 7, 2017, went on to earn Landmark Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year accolades after her banner performance over the weekend at the championships, becoming just the second women's swimmer in program history to earn the accolade from the Landmark.
In all, Byrne won three individual conference championships on the weekend, and helped a Royals relay team win a conference title of their own, as Scranton finished third as a team in the event.
Byrne swam a leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, which clocked in at 1:36.67, breaking the Landmark, meet and school record, before logging an NCAA B cut and the Landmark record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.41, also a school record). She collected her second NCAA B cut and conference/school record of the championships in the 100-yard breaststroke and swimming 1:04.51. In the 200 yard backstroke, Byrne earned another trip to the podium after touching the wall in 2:06.70, which was a school record in the event, as well.
Byrne and the rest of the Royals women's swimming & diving team return to action this weekend, as they head to Ohio for the Kenyon Last Chance meet on Saturday and Sunday.