Women’s Swimming & Diving Slotted in a Tie for Second in Landmark Conference Preseason Poll

Junior Lauren Byrne and the women's swimming & diving team was picked to finish in a tie for second in the 2019-20 Landmark Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released on Wednesday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Junior Lauren Byrne and the women's swimming & diving team was picked to finish in a tie for second in the 2019-20 Landmark Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released on Wednesday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

After finishing third at the Landmark Conference Championships in each of the last two seasons, The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving was voted to finish in a tie for second in the 2019-20 Landmark Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released by the conference office on Wednesday.

Leading the ranking is defending Landmark Conference champion Susquehanna with 58 total points and five first-place votes, while Scranton and Catholic shared second place both earning 46 total points and a first-place vote, apiece. Drew rounds out the top four in the poll, coming in with 30 total points.

For the full Landmark Conference preseason women's swimming & diving poll, click here.

Scranton, who opens their season Oct. 20 at Marywood, will welcome a new head coach in 2019-20 in Chris Brown. Brown joined the program in August from Hartwick College, where he was an assistant for two seasons.

Brown inherits a strong group in his first season as the head coach at Scranton, as the squad returns all of their five All-Landmark Conference First Team performers from a season ago.

Pacing the group will be a pair of juniors in Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J//Cranford) and Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep).

Bryne enters her junior campaign off a banner sophomore season last year, as she became the first Royals women's swimmer to be named the Landmark Conference Female Swimmer of the Year the conference championships since 2009. At the event, she captured three individual Landmark titles (200-IM, 200-backstroke, 100-breaststroke) and swam anchor on a victorious relay team (200-freestyle relay).

Campo, meanwhile, won two Landmark Conference titles (400-IM and 200-breaststroke), swam on the victorious 200-free relay squad, and clinched a spot in the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, becoming just the fourth Royals swimmer to take part in the event all-time and the first to do so since 2001.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team will host their first event of the 2019-20 season inside the Byron Aquatic Center on Nov. 2 when they take on Juniata and Goucher. In all, the Royals will host four more opponents in Scranton through November and January.

The 2019-20 season will culminate on Feb. 14, 15, and 16 at the 2020 Landmark Conference Championships, which will once again be held in Germantown, Md.

For the full 2019-20 University of Scranton women's swimming & diving schedule, click here.

--ROYALS--