Four members of the Oswego State men's swimming and diving team prominently represented the Lakers on the All-American podium throughout the competition at the recently completed NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships held in Oxford, Ohio, on the campus of Miami University.
The Laker quartet combined for six All-American finishes, including three First Team honors in their respective events. Oswego State accumulated enough points to finish 19th overall in the team standings at the national meet.
Swimmer Greg Doyle '08 earned First Team All-American status in the 200-yard freestyle with a fourth-place finish. He timed in at 1:39.38 in the finals of that event to earn First Team status for the second straight year and All-American for the third year in a row. Also in the meet, Doyle finished just outside of the top 16 in the 50 free and 100 free, but set new school records in both events, breaking marks that had stood for more than 20 years. His new school records are 20.98 seconds in the 50 free and 45.75 seconds in the 100 free.
Diver Kevin Morgan '08 was a First Team All-American on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Morgan's score of 383.15 points on the 1-meter board was good for eighth place and he went on to score 451.00 points on the 3-meter board to earn a sixth-place finish. Morgan leaves Oswego State as the most decorated diver in program history. He holds all four SUNYAC diving record scores, and earned All-American six times in four years.
Shawn Merlin '11 was an Honorable Mention All-American on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Merlin scored 398.20 in the 1-meter competition to finish in 12th place, and finished in 11th place in the 3-meter competition with a score of 439.40.
Diver Chris Dotson '08 earned Honorable Mention on the 1-meter board for the second year in a row. He finished 15th with 376.25 points.
The regular season ended with a third-place finish by the Laker men at the SUNYAC Championships and the Oswego State women finished in fourth place at the conference meet. Seven school records were broken at the SUNYAC Championships. Jenny Van Etten '10 set three school records on the weekend. She swam 2:25.40 in the preliminaries of the 200 breast, setting a new Laker mark and also making the NCAA cut in that event. She also set records in the 100 breast (1:07.97) and 200 individual medley (2:11.76). Kara Sitnik '11 turned in a school-record time of 2:11.63 in the 200 backstroke and also finished third in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.15.
- Joe Gladziszewski
From left, Shawn Merlin '11, Chris Dotson '08, Greg Doyle '08 and Kevin Morgan '08 are Laker All-Americans.
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