Maryland officials have said the death of a local resident and U.S. Naval Academy midshipman was caused by a heart condition.Kristen Dickmann of Unionville was found dead May 5 in her dorm room at the academy in Annapolis, Md., where she was a freshman.
The Maryland medical examiner's office said Dickmann, 19, died from cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heart rhythm.
Dickmann, a 2007 Unionville High School graduate, was a standout volleyball player in high school and one of only two freshmen on the academy's volleyball team last season.
Dickmann's mother, Carrie Dickmann, said Maryland's medical examiner pulled together a panel to review her daughter's case. The panel, Carrie Dickmann said, determined her daughter died from a heart condition.
But Carrie Dickmann said the news has not given her or her family closure. The family, she said, is still working to determine how genetics played a role in Kristen Dickmann's death.
"The impact of not knowing is impacting my other children," Carrie Dickmann said. "If they find a genetic cause, it impacts their children. It impacts her cousins."
Kristen Dickmann has a brother and sister.
Her sister, Cassie, is a volleyball player at Juniata College.