Men's Swimming Finishes Eighth at Landmark Championships, Mona Shatters JC 1650 Free Record

Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair
Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair

GERMANTOWN, Md.- The Juniata men's swim team wrapped up the three-day Landmark Conference Swimming & Diving Championship meet held at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, Sunday. The Eagles finished eighth overall totaling 146 points.

On the final day of Landmark Championships, freshman, Hunter Mona (State College, Pa. / State College Area) once again broke another Juniata record. During tonight's finals, Mona broke the 1650 freestyle record by more than 30 seconds. Mona placed sixth in the event with a time of 17:07.90.

In the final event of the weekend, the team of Martin Berger (Huntingdon, Pa. / Huntingdon Area), Evan Walker (Versailles, Pa. / East Allegheny), Mona, and Jackson Hoch (Carlisle, Pa. / Carlisle) placed eighth in the 400 free relay coming in with a time of 3:32.18. 

In this morning's prelims, in the 1650 freestyle, Hoch placed 23rd with a time of 19:52.20. In the 100 free, Walker placed 22nd (52.26), Hoch placed 28th (55.63), and Nicholas Gerencser (Lititz, Pa. / Warwick) placed 31st (1:02.67). Berger placed 17th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.65. 

"The team had a great showing this weekend. We had some massive time drops, the women improved upson their finish from last year, and the men scored their first ever points in the Landmark Conference. For a team that is mostly underclassmen, they performed well under pressure for a big meet. I'm happy with the team and am looking forward to next season already!," said head coach Nathan Smith