(Posted October 26, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College women's swimming team was picked seventh in the Landmark Conference preseason poll based on a survey of the league's head coaches and sports information directors which was released this Tuesday.

Juniata, coming off their first meet of the season, a home opener versus Division II Mansfield University, received 12 points in the poll. The Eagles, under head coach Lauren O'Donnell, will feature a predominantly new roster with four freshmen joining returning conference point scorer Evan Beatty.

The University of Scranton women's swimming and diving team has been chosen to continue its run atop the Landmark and earn a fourth-straight Landmark Women's Swimming and Diving Championship according to the poll. They have earned 70 points and the only other team to gain a first-place vote was Susquehanna University.

Susquehanna placed second in the poll after a strong season last year, gaining them 63 points, while Catholic placed third with 54 points, returning their three-time multi-event champion at the Landmark meet, senior Lisa Brooks, along with 11 additional freshmen.

After Catholic there was a significant point drop with Goucher tallying 37 points and coming in fourth. Goucher lost five seniors this year and their multiple time event winner. The United States Merchant Marine Academy collected 34, just three behind Goucher to finish fifth in the poll.

Drew University showed solid improvement last year and earned 26 points in the balloting to place sixth, raising their point total by 30 points at the Landmark meet.

Juniata's next meet will be at King's College this Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. at 1:00 p.m. The complete poll is listed below.

Landmark Conference
2010 Preseason Women's Swimming Poll

1. Scranton - 70
2. Susquehanna -63
3. Catholic - 54
4. Goucher - 37
5. USMMA - 34
6. Drew - 26
7. Juniata - 12

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