For the fifth straight year, both The University of Scranton men's and women's swimming & diving teams were honored for their work in the classroom, earning College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) NCAA Division III Scholar All-America team honors for the Spring 2020 semester.
Scranton was one of 461 schools to receive the award for the Spring semester. Teams were selected on the basis of their Spring grade point averages and represent 17,982 student-athletes.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart noted: "No team was unaffected by this Spring's pandemic but Athletic Director [Dave] Martin and [University President] Father [Scott] Pilarz can and should be proud of their team and the work of head coach Chris Brown."
In the pool in 2019-20, it was another successful season for both the men's and women's teams.
The Royals' women's team finished the dual meet season with a 9-1 record, then went on to finish second at the 2020 Landmark Conference Championship in February for the first time in three seasons, as nine Royals went on to earn All-Landmark Conference First Team accolades. For their effort, Brown and his coaching staff were named the 2019-20 Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year on the women's side, as well.
Leading the Scranton women at the Landmark Championships was freshman diver Jeanna Gailius (Milton, Mass./Ursuline Academy), who was named the Landmark Female Diver of the Year after she won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events on the weekend. With her win, Gailius became the first female Royals diver to win the award since 2012.
In the pool, junior Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had a historic season, capping it by garnering five All-Landmark Conference First Team selections in individual and relay events. On the weekend, she hit an NCAA Championships qualifying mark in the 200-IM and would go on to become Scranton's third All-American all-time, earning the honor in April from the CSCAA.
On the men's side, Scranton posted a 6-4 mark in dual meets and finished fourth at the Landmark Conference Championships. At the event, the Royals posted nine All-Landmark performances, led by junior Jack Donnelly's (Washington Crossing, Pa,/Council Rock North) All-Landmark Conference First Team selection in the 100-breaststroke.
In the classroom, 23 members of the Royals men's and women's swimming & diving teams (17 women and six men) were named to the 2019-20 Landmark Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll, as senior Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) of the men's team went on to earn Landmark Senior Scholar Athlete accolades for the sport at the end of the season.
For the full release on the Scholar All-America Team from the CSCAA, click here: http://www.cscaa.org/news/2020625/scholar
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