Jan. 5, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - Princeton saw members of its men's swimming and diving team first and second in 11 of the 16 events contested on the day to record a 182-115 victory over Navy Saturday at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J.
The Tigers, who are ranked first in the latest CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll and 23rd nationally among all programs, improved to 5-0 on the season with the victory, while the Mids, who are ranked seventh in the most recent mid-major poll, fell to 5-3 on the year with the loss.
"We knew we were going to have to be very good today," said Navy head coach Bill Roberts, who guided the Mids to a win over Princeton two years ago in what was the only home loss by the Tigers since their facility was built over two decades ago. "Princeton has been performing extremely well this season. I would have liked to have seen us swim faster today, but I am pleased with the effort of the team and how we raced."
Princeton began the meet by placing both first and second in the 200 medley relay. Navy bounced back with a strong performance in the first individual event of the day, the 1000 freestyle. A trio of Mids placed among the top-four finishers in the event, with Thomas Duvall (Fr., Durham, N.H.) winning the race by eight seconds with a time of 9:20.63. Alex Nickell (Fr., Loveland, Colo.) followed in third place with a time of 9:31.99, while Riley Mita (So., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) placed fourth with a clocking of 9:37.17.
The results of the 1000 free pulled Navy to within four points of Princeton at 20-16, but the Tigers placed first and second in the next event, the 200 freestyle, as well as first, second and third in the following event, the 100 backstroke, to begin to separate themselves from the Mids, 51-23.
Navy swimmers were then edged for the victories in the next two events, the 100 breaststroke and the 200 butterfly. In the former event, Princeton's Byron Sanborn posted a time of 56.03 to better Sean Murphy's (Jr., Hudson, Ohio) clocking of 56.58. In addition to the second-place showing by Murphy, his Navy teammates Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Ben Grove (Jr., Winchester, Va.) also placed third and fourth, respectively, in the race. Then, in the latter event, Princeton's Marco Bove's time of 1:50.06 was just fast enough to allow him to touch the wall in front of Navy's Jonathan DeBaugh's (Fr., Conroe, Texas) time of 1:50.11 and extend the advantage for the Tigers out to 74-38.
Princeton proceeded to place first and second in the 50 free, on the three-meter springboard and in the 100 free to open up a 117-52 cushion on Navy.
Duvall also highlighted Navy's efforts in the second half of the meet when he recorded a time of 4:33.75 to win the 500 freestyle by six seconds over teammate Mita.
"Thomas had a great first event on the day," said Roberts, "and he was able to carry that effort throughout the rest of the meet."
Both Navy teams will next be in action Jan. 12 when the Mids play host to North Carolina in Lejeune Hall. It will be the first home meet of the season for the Navy programs.