COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) of The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team was named to the 2019-20 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III All-American Team on Wednesday, becoming just the third Royals women's swimmer ever to earn the honor.
Bryne, who earns All-American honors in the 200-IM, joins Sarah Gazdalski (1999) and Marilyn Bogusch (1989) as the only Scranton student-athletes to ever earn CSCAA All-American accolades in an event all-time. Gazdalski earned the honor in the 200-back, while Bogush did the same in the 100-fly.
Byrne nabbed her spot on the CSCAA All-American Team after qualifying for the 2020 NCAA Division III Championships in the 200-IM. Due to the cancelation of that Championship by the NCAA, the CSCAA changed its criteria for All-American selection, honoring individuals and relay participants who qualified for NCAA's at Division III.
"Despite the cancellation of the NCAA Championships, (Scranton head swimming & diving) Coach (Chris) Brown did a remarkable job this season," explained Greg Earhart, Executive Director of the CSCAA. "Lauren had the rug pulled out from her this season, so we are excited to recognize her as one of the nation's best."
Byrne put together another terrific season for Scranton in 2019-20, leading the Royals to a second place finish at the 2020 Landmark Conference Championships in mid-February after earning seven All-Landmark Conference selections, four of which were First Team awards signifying that she won a conference title in either a relay or individual event.
But, her best event of that conference championship turned out to be the 200-IM, as she broke not only a program record but a Landmark Championships record in the event with a time of 2:04.01, which shattered not only a program record but broke a Landmark Conference record, as well. The time, which was an NCAA "B" Cut, was also the 10th best in the country entering the NCAA Championships.
For her career, Byrne has now captured nine combined Landmark Conference individual and relay championships in her career and holds eight program records in several relay and individual events. With her qualification to the NCAA Championships, she became just the fifth Scranton swimmer to qualify for the event all-time, as well.
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