TJ Burns lived up to his billing – and then some.
Burns (Abington Heights), a senior at the College of New Jersey, was named Diver of the Meet at last weekend's Metropolitan Conference Championships in Piscataway, N.J..Burns not only captured the 1-meter and 3-meter dives but he smashed his own school records in doing so.
The biggest performance came in the 11-dive 3-meter where he scored 601.30 points to better his previous school record (525.05). The runner-up in the event scored 370.50 points.
In the 1-meter, Burns totaled 538.30 to top his old school record of 533.15. He beat the runner-up by 199.10 points.
Last season, Burns finished second in both dives at the Met Championships but went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Championships – seventh in the 1-meter and ninth in the 3-meter.
Athletes making this year's NCAAs will be announced in early March, but it appears that Burns is a cinch to earn a berth. The championship is set for March 21-24 in Indianapolis.
Hamilton senior Megan Gibbons (Abington Heights) captured the 100 freestyle at last weekend's New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Swim Championships in Middletown, Conn. Her time was 51.50 which put her over the NCAA Division III B cut.
Gibbons also finished third in the 50 free (23.85) and fourth in the 200 free (1:52.67). The latter was a personal record and bettered the B cut time.
Gibbons also earned a B cut time when she swam the anchor legs on the 200 medley relay which finished fifth in 1:46.84 and the 400 free relay which finished fourth in 3:32.73. She also swam legs on the 400 medley relay which finished fourth in 3:54.93 and the 800 free relay which finished sixth in 7:46.96.
Like Burns, Gibbons must wait to see if she will make the NCAA Division III Championships. She competed in the meet the past two seasons and was an honorable mention in the 50 and 100 free and the 400 medley relay last year and in the 50 free as a sophomore.
After being named Lehigh Valley Small College Player of the Year a week ago, Muhlenberg senior men's basketball player Spencer Liddic picked up a pair of honors this past week.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior forward from Clarks Summit (Abington Heights) was named to the Centennial Conference first team. It's the third straight season he's been a first-team selection. With his honorable mention pick as a freshman, he's only the sixth player in league history to be named four times and the first Mule to gain the honor.
Liddic was also named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America second team this week. He was a first-team choice last season.
Junior Kayla Sileo (Holy Cross) and freshman Amanda Greene (West Scranton) have been seeing reserve duty with the Misericordia women's basketball team this winter.
Sileo, a 5-foot-7 forward, is averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds with 21 assists and 12 steals.
"Kayla has been a solid contributor all season long," coach Dave Martin said. "She works extremely hard and has really given us a scoring threat coming off the bench."
Greene has played in 13 games and has scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, four blocked shots, four assists and two steals.
"Amanda has continued to show improvement throughout the season," Martin said. "She had her best game recently when she scored nine points and had eight rebounds in a win over PSU-Altoona."