A banner 2018-19 season for University of Scranton women's swimming & diving sophomore Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) was bookended on Tuesday, as she was named to the 2018-19 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team as an Honorable Mention selection.
With her selection to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team as an Honorable Mention pick, this marks the second straight season in which Byrne has earned the honor from the organization.
In all, 2,111 swimmers and divers from across five divisions and organizations were named to this year's Scholar All-America Team, with 890 nabbing honorable mention accolades (including Byrne). To be honored as an Honorable Mention selection, a swimmer or diver must have achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional or Zone Diving qualifier.
Byrne, who in May earned Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's NCAA Division III At-Large First Team honors, the Scholar All-America Honorable Mention selection comes off the heels of a historic season in the pool for the sophomore, who is currently an Exercise Science major at the University boasting a GPA of 3.82.
In February at the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships, Byrne was named the Landmark's Women's Swimmer of the Year, as she captured three individual Landmark titles and swam anchor on a victorious relay team. By taking the Landmark's Swimmer of the Year award, Byrne became just the second Royals women's swimmer to take the honor in program history.
Byrne swam a leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, which clocked in at 1:36.67, breaking the Landmark and meet record, before logging an NCAA B cut and the Landmark record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.41). She collected her second NCAA B cut and a conference 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.
For her career, Byrne has already etched her name into Scranton's all-time record book in her first two seasons, as she holds six program records, five of which have come in individual events.
For the full 2018-19 CSCAA Scholar All-America Team list, click here.