The Landmark Conference has released the Athletes of the Week. The conference will recognize a student-athlete for each sport based on their contributions to their team throughout the season.
Swimming and diving kicked off the season with three teams in action. Drew opened its season by hosting Stevens. Sophomore Mal Vishwanath posted NCAA-leading times in both the 1000 yard freestyle and 1650 yard freestyle. Her 17:32.23 clocking in the 1650 freestyle was also an NCAA "B" qualifier, just the third NCAA-qualifying performance in program history. Vishwanath's 1000-yard split was 10:33.29, which is also the best in the nation this season. She also won the 500 yard freestyle in 5:19.86 and finished second (by one-hundredth of a second) in the 100 yard freestyle (55.02).
The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team opened their 2017-18 season in style on Saturday afternoon inside the Byron Center, as the Royals knocked off both Cabrini (137-62) and FDU-Florham (142.5-47.5) in a double dual meet. The Juniata men and women's swimming competed in their first meet of the season at the Wilkes University Sprint Invite on Saturday. The women's team placed 5th with a total of 200 points and the men's team placed 4th with a total of 24 points.
Catholic and Scranton field hockey secured a spot in the Landmark Championships over the weekend. The No. 12 Cardinals (11-2, 5-0 Landmark) defeated Goucher on Wednesday, 4-0 and earned a 4-1 win at Moravian on Saturday to earn their 11th straight appearance in the postseason.
Scranton kept right on rolling Saturday, defeating Juniata, 3-1, at Fitzpatrick Field to improve to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in Landmark Conference play. The win guarantees a home semifinal game in the Landmark Conference playoffs. Scranton got a pair of first-half goals from senior forward Meredith Campbell. The two goals give Campbell 25 for the season, which ties the single-season program record, set by Denise Atkinson in 1985. More importantly, it gives her 57 points (25 goals, seven assists) on the season, which sets a single-season school record. Campbell surpassed the previous record of 54, set by Atkinson in 1985.
In men’s soccer, the 23rd-ranked Drew University men's soccer team (14-0-1, 5-0-0 Landmark) continued its winning streak with a 4-0 victory over Susquehanna at Sassafras Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, their 11th straight, the Rangers clinched both a berth and a home game in the Landmark Conference Championships. On the women’s side, Scranton continued to play stellar defense, posting its ninth shutout of the season by defeating Juniata, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon. The victory clinches a spot in the Landmark Conference playoffs for the Royals.
For the eighth consecutive season, the University of Scranton volleyball team will play in the Landmark Conference playoffs, as the Royals clinched a bid into the field after rolling past host Moravian (3-0) and Elizabethtown (3-1) on Saturday. With the victories, the Royals are now 28-2 overall and 4-0 in the Landmark Conference. Winners of 16 of their last 17 games, Scranton has now won 28 games in a season for the first time since 1999, when the Royals finished the year with a 28-11 overall record.
Susquehanna dropped a set to both Moravian and Elizabethtown Saturday in Johnston Hall at Moravian, but the River Hawks rebounded to defeat both Landmark Conference opponents in four sets to remain undefeated in conference play and return to the Landmark Championships.
Juniata also clinched a spot in the Landmark Championships. The Eagles went 2-0 in conference play on Saturday, defeating Goucher and Catholic 3-0.
Six cross country teams were in action over the weekend. The Catholic University of America women's cross country team earned this win at the Hood College Open behind the first-place performance of senior Kiera Lyons who won her first career meet as she bested 93 other runners.
Lyons raced to a time of 23.50.3, over 12 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. She averaged a 6:23.5-mile in the six-kilometer race.
The Landmark championship will be held on Saturday, October 28 at Juniata. Championship merchandise is now on sale and can be found by clicking HERE. Deadline to purchase official championship merchandise is Monday, October 16.