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Winter Sports Wrap-Up

 

Christina Hiltunen

The women's basketball advanced to the championship game of the Landmark Conference tournament and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Men’s Basketball
The men’s basketball team went 19-7 and reached the Landmark Conference Tournament, marking the eighth straight season the Royals have reached the conference tournament and won at least 18 games. Sophomore guard Ross Danzig earned third-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors from D3hoops.com, and Danzig and senior guard Travis Farrell were voted All-Landmark Conference in a ballot conducted among the league's eight head coaches. Head coachCarl Danzig now has 221 career victories in his 13 seasons, second-most in Scranton history.

Women’s Basketball
The Lady Royals went 19-9, advanced to the Landmark Conference championship game and made their 26th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2010, where they lost to eventual third-place finisher Williams College in the first round. Senior Erin Boggan and sophomores Meredith Mesaris and Lindsay Fluehr each earned second-team All-Landmark Conference honors. Head coach Mike Strong now has 789 career victories, extending his record for the most career wins in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history. 

Men’s Swimming & Diving
Led by veteran head coach Paul DeAngelo, the men’s swimming & diving team had one individual conference champion and set seven school records while finishing third at the Landmark Conference Championships, the program’s fourth straight top-3 finish in this event. Senior diver Tim McCormick, who won that individual championship in the 1-meter diving, was named District IV All-Academic by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was also one of six Scranton student-athletes to earn All-Landmark Conference honors at the conference championship meet.

Women’s Swimming & Diving
The women’s swimming & diving team finished second at the Landmark Conference Championships for the third straight year, marking the 10th consecutive season the Royals have finished either first or second at a conference championship meet. Sophomore Colleen Barry was named Landmark Conference Diver of the Year, and three Royals – Barry and fellow sophomores Paige Agnello and Alexis Walsh – each won individual conference titles. The trio also combined to set four school records in the event – two by Barry and one each by Agnello and Walsh. Five other swimmers earned All-Landmark Conference honors at the championships for head coach Paul DeAngelo

Wrestling
The wrestling team won four dual matches and also competed in three invitational tournaments, including a third-place finish in the 21-team Builder Invitational in Newport News, Virginia. Sophomore Shawn Flesche led the Royals of head coach Al Russomano with 17 victories, including winning the title at 165 pounds at the Mt. St. Vincent Invitational and the Builder Invitational. Scranton completed its season by placing 14th at the NCAA East Regionals, where Flesche and junior Chris Silakoski both posted victories.