Dec. 6: Saturday morning brought a lot of firsts for senior diver Jason Johnson: his first conference title in the one-meter with a score of 429.65, earning his first ever automatic NCAA cut, and Liberty League Co-Diver of the Year honors. His accomplishments highlighted a great meet for the St. Lawrence University men's and women's swimming and diving teams, who finished 4th and 5th, respectively, following the day and a half, three session meet at RPI this weekend.
For the men, their fourth place finish was the team's best under head coach Bob Clemmer, while the women have not placed as high as fifth since the 2005-2006 season.
Union women's team won the meet, while the men's meet was decided in the third session, with host Rensselaer emerging victorious, upseting Union in the final events.
In addition to Johnson's (Newark, NY/Newark) win on Saturday, he also placed third on the three-meter Friday night, behind RPI's Matthew Culen, who was also named Co-Diver of the Year after achieving an ‘A' cut in the event, and behind teammate Graham Steen (Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury), who had an outstanding meet. The rookie placed second on both boards with scores of 398.55 on the three and 420.00 on the one, just five points off the automatic NCAA cut.
In the lanes, the Saints enjoyed much success with several top ten finishes and an even larger number scoring points.