Mids record six first-place performances
A combined 8 events wins tallied by freshmen today
11 to compete at meet, 13 qualified
Mids won Patriot League team titles last weekend
Fifth-straight sweep of titles
Men's swimming & diving vs. Army. Dec. 10, 2015. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Men's swimming & diving vs. Johns Hopkins, Jan. 28, 2015. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Photos from the Dec. 12, 2013, Army-Navy swimming and diving meet. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Men's Swimming & Diving vs. Princeton (Jan. 7, 2012) Photos by Phil Hoffmann
Virginia at Navy, Oct. 28, 2011 (photos by Phil Hoffmann)
Roberts has led the Mids to the Patriot League title in each of his 14 seasons on The Yard. Navy has tallied 168 swimming event crowns at the meet over this time, with the remainder of the league winning a combined 83 event titles. He has been tabbed as the league’s coach of the year eight times.
In addition to the team’s success at the Patriot League Championship, Navy also has won eight ECAC Championship crowns in the last nine seasons. Roberts has been named as the ECAC Coach of the Year following seven of those team titles.
Navy also has been successful during the regular season under Roberts. The Mids have posted double figure win totals in 10 of his 14 seasons, have compiled an overall record of 149-51 and are 51-1 against Patriot League competition. Twelve of Navy’s 20 losses over the last five seasons (41-20 in all, 20-1 against league foes) have come to nationally-ranked foes such as North Carolina, Virginia and Penn State, with another defeat coming to Princeton during the 2012-13 season.
Navy has posted a regular season record of 21-4 over the last two seasons, which includes an 8-0 record against league foes. The 2016 season saw the Mids compile a 12-1 record, with that lone loss coming to North Carolina, while the Tar Heels, Penn State and Columbia accounted for the only setbacks during a 9-3 season in 2017.
Additional memorable campaigns for the Mids under Roberts include 2012 when Navy defeated both Penn State and Virginia before becoming the first team in league history to win all 18 swimming events at the league championship, and 2011 when Navy became the first team to defeat Princeton in the two-decade existence of DeNunzio Pool.
With the success of the overall program, Navy also has consistently qualified individual athletes for national meets under Roberts. The program returned to the NCAA Championship Meet for the first time in nearly a decade during his inaugural season of 2004, with four swimmers competing in a combined six individual events at the national meet –– which included Noah White’s ‘A’ cut time in the 50 free –– and earning Honorable Mention All-America certificates in a pair of relay events.
Navy again sent multiple swimmers to the 2009 NCAA Championship, with both Adam Meyer and Erik Hunter competing in a trio of events. Meyer would join the illustrious list of Navy swimmers to have garnered All-America accolades when he received Honorable Mention All-America honors that year. He then duplicated his efforts in 2010 to become the first Navy swimmer in 40 years to garner multiple All-America accolades in a career. Meyer’s brother, Mark, joined Justin Vagts in competing at the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Included among the program’s seven competitors at the 2014 NCAA Championship was Tom Duvall, who advanced to the championship final in the 500 free that year to bring another All-America accolade back to The Yard. Duvall also competed in three events at the 2016 meet, which made him just the second Navy swimmer in over three decades to have qualified for multiple NCAA Championships.
Most recently, Marlin Brutkiewicz closed his four-year career by swimming in three events at the 2017 NCAA Championship.
Additionally during the Roberts era, Navy swimmers have annually taken part in national meets such as the World Championship Trials, the World Military Games, the ConocoPhillips National Championship, the USA Swimming Spring Championship and Arena Grand Prix meets.
Mids also are regular competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Navy qualified six swimmers for the 2016 edition of the meet after having qualified 13 for the 2012 trials and three for the 2008 meet.
Success has also been achieved by the men’s swimming and diving team in the classroom under Roberts. Mids have 182 earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades over the last 14 years, and the team as a whole has been recognized multiple times as an Academic All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Last season, Ryan Bailey was tabbed as the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned a second Academic All-America nod and garnered an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.
Roberts first arrived at Navy during the summer of 1997 when he joined Lee Lawrence’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. In three seasons together the Lawrence-Roberts duo guided Navy to a 27-10 record, including an 18-9 mark in the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League. Roberts coached Navy’s 200 freestyle relay team that won the 1999 EISL title, and helped develop sprinter Clint Cornell to a 2000 Olympic Trials appearance and to the 2001 EISL 50-yard freestyle title.
A 1992 graduate of Springfield College, where he was a four-year letterwinner and served as team captain for two seasons, Roberts began his coaching career upon graduation as the head coach of the women’s team at Wells College in his hometown of Aurora, N.Y. After two seasons at Wells, he served as a graduate assistant coach at East Carolina, where he also earned a master’s degree in athletic administration. In the summer of 1996, he joined the Villanova program for one year before coming to the Naval Academy.
Roberts left Navy in 2000 to become the head coach at Colgate, during which time his men’s and women’s teams combined to post a three-year record of 39-36.
Roberts and his wife, Nicole, have three sons –– Will, who will begin his freshman season as a swimmer at Michigan this fall; Nick, age 16; and Jackson, age 14.