Courtesy of Scranton and Susquehanna Athletic Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Scranton's Lauren Byrne and Susquehanna University's Katie Willis were named to the 2018-19 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team.
With Byrne's selection to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team as an Honorable Mention pick, it marks the second straight season in which Byrne has earned the honor from the organization. Byrne, who in May earned Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's NCAA Division III At-Large First Team honors, the Scholar All-America Honorable Mention selection comes off the heels of a historic season in the pool for the sophomore, who is currently an Exercise Science major at the University boasting a GPA of 3.82.
In February at the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships, Byrne was named the Landmark's Women's Swimmer of the Year, as she captured three individual Landmark titles and swam anchor on a victorious relay team. By taking the Landmark's Swimmer of the Year award, Byrne became just the second Royals women's swimmer to take the honor in program history.
Byrne swam a leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, which clocked in at 1:36.67, breaking the Landmark and meet record, before logging an NCAA B cut and the Landmark record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.41). She collected her second NCAA B cut and a conference record of the championships in the 100-yard breaststroke and swimming 1:04.51. In the 200 yard backstroke, Byrne earned another trip to the podium after touching the wall in 2:06.70.
For her career, Byrne has already etched her name into Scranton's all-time record book in her first two seasons, as she holds six program records, five of which have come in individual events.
A creative writing major, Willis posted a 3.6455 GPA in her final year as a River Hawk. She also notched a "B" standard in the 50 freestyle with her school-record time of 23.72 as Willis captured the event at the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships. Her time was also both a Landmark Conference and a Landmark championship meet record.
Willis, the 2018-19 Connie Harnum Award recipient, finished her career as a 24-time All-Landmark selection, including picking up 19 First Team awards. She leaves the program as a three-time Landmark champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events while winning the 200 freestyle twice. At her final Landmark championships, Willis gained three individual gold medals as well as three relay golds.
The River Hawks grabbed their ninth consecutive Landmark title while posting a 4-6 (4-0 LC) overall record and winning the Schweikert Relays.
To see a complete list of award recipients, click here.