Landmark Honors Eight Player of the Week Selection
MADISON, N.J. - After a week in which the Landmark crowned two team champions and the remaining winter sports were all in action a total of eight student-athletes have been selected Landmark Players of the Week. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Zach Ashworth helped Scranton pick up three victories and extend its season-best winning streak to seven. He topped 20 points in all three wins, including a 27-point, eight-rebound performance in a win over Goucher. He shot a stellar 69-percent (11-of-16) from three-point range for the week, while shooting 61-percent from the field overall, and also contributed 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Megan Kopecki helped Scranton go 3-0 in three Landmark games with strong all-around play. She matched her career-high with 29 points in an overtime win over Juniata, and averaged 20.7 points for the week while shooting 45-percent from the floor and 57-percent from three. She was a factor all over the floor with at least four assists and at least four steals in all three games, and averaged 5.7 rebounds, 5.7 steals and five assists for the week.
Moravian’s Timothy Layng posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in finishing fifth in the pole vault at the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games. He broke the Moravian school record with his best effort of 4.65 meters to place fifth in a field of 25 competitors.
Anna Heim continued her strong performance for the Moravian track team as she won the pole vault at the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games. She cleared the bar at 3.75 meters, racing her best total for the season and adding to her NCAA provisional qualifying mark. She bested 22 other competitors to earn the victory. Heim also ran a leg in the 4x400 relay which ran a time of 4:16.30.
Men's Swimming & Diving:
Senior John Murphy was named the Landmark Swimmer of the Year as he helped USMMA claim its third-straight Landmark Championship. He earned two first-place finishes, and set two Landmark records for the meet. He swam an NCAA provisional time in winning the 100 backstroke in 52.70 and then was first in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 1:54.89. He also added a runner-up finish in the 200 IM, and was a part of the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams.
Women's Swimming & Diving:
Christie Savard turned in several record-breaking performances and was named the Landmark Swimmer of the Year in helping Susquehanna place second at the Landmark Championships. She won three events at the meet, and posted NCAA provisional qualifying times and set new Landmark records in all three. She won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:05.32, placed first in the 200 IM in 2:10.22 and shaved nearly 10 seconds of the previous Landmark record with a time of 4:34.03 to win the 400 IM. She was also a part of four winning relays at the meet.
Senior Paul Thistle turned in two strong performances for Susquehanna at the Susquehanna Indoor Invitational. He set a new Landmark record in besting a field of 63 other runners in the mile, running a time of 4:16.55. He followed it up by placing second in the 800, running the fastest time in the conference this year with a mark of 1:57.17.
Susquehanna’s Alycia Woodruff had one of the top performances for the Crusaders at their own Susquehanna Invitational. She ran the fastest time in the conference in the mile this season with a time of 5:21.85 to place fourth of 56 athletes in the event.