Men's Swimming Falls to No. 22 Princeton, 152.5-147.5
Jan. 7, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Returning to action for the first time in 2012 on Saturday, the Navy men's swimming and diving team dropped a tightly contested dual meet to 22nd-ranked Princeton, 152.5-147.5, at Lejeune Hall. The Midshipmen trailed the entire meet, but rallied late to cut the deficit to just two points twice in the last four events.
The loss was the first of the season for Navy, which is now 8-1, while Princeton remained unbeaten at 4-0.
"Congratulations to Princeton, they had a great meet," said Navy head coach Bill Roberts. "With this being our first meet back (after break), I was really pleased with what our guys were able to show today. I think after we got the first race under our belt, we definitely got better and that showed in the back half of the meet because we clawed back into it and made it close."
The Tigers opened the meet by winning the 200-meter medley relay followed by Princeton's Paul Nolle claiming first place in the 800-meter freestyle.
Navy's Mac Anthony claimed the Mids' first victory of the day in the third event as he posted a time of 1:49.61 in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing ahead of the Tigers' Will Lawley, who placed second with a 1:53.00.
Two more Princeton wins in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke boosted the Tigers' advantage before Navy's Mark Meyer and Ben Bondurant went 1-2 in the 200 butterfly. Meyer posted a 2:02.75, while Bondurant finished second with a 2:03.64.
Robbie Parker and Anthony then combined to give Navy two more first-place finishes in the next two events. Parker took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.0 - finishing .19 ahead of the Tigers' Harrison Wagner.
The next event, the 100 freestyle, turned out to be one of the tightest finishes of the afternoon. Anthony claimed first place with a 50.49, while Navy's Zach Ingold and Princeton's Colin Cordes both touched the wall in 51.01 to tie for second place.
Conor Campbell made it four consecutive first-place finishes for Navy as he followed in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.03, which was 1.58 faster than the second-place finisher Connor Maher of Princeton.
After winning the 100 breaststroke earlier in the meet, Princeton's Jon Christensen but an end to Navy's run of first-place finishes as he won his second event of the day by taking the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.04. Navy's Luke Hoffer placed second with a 2:16.59.
After Nolle won the 400 freestyle, Navy's Steve Dukleth pulled the Mids within two points of the Tigers, 123-121, when he turned in a personal-best to win the 100 butterfly. Dukleth's time of 55.54 was the third-fastest in school history, while the Mids' Charlie Hetzel and Bondurant finished in third and fourth places, respectively, to pull the Mids within two points with two swimming events remaining.
Navy's Ben Freedman won the three-meter diving competition earlier in the meet with a score of 325.2. Later on, in the one-meter competition, Princeton claimed four of the top five spots, led by Stephen Vines' score of 292.5 as he just edged out Freedman's 292.25.
In the second-to-last event, Princeton's Christensen claimed his third first-place finish of the afternoon by winning the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:01.4. Bondurant (2:05.32) and Meyer (2:06.32) finished second and fourth, respectively, for Navy.
The win by Christensen helped give Princeton a 14-point lead heading into the final event, the 400-freestyle relay. The Midshipmen finished strong in the event, taking two of the top three spots, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Tigers for the win. Navy's team of Parker, Ingold, K.C. Linn and Anthony won the event with a 3:23.05 - just .08 ahead of the Tigers' top-finishing squad.
"I'm really happy with the way we finished today and we're looking forward to the meets in the next couple weeks," said Roberts.
The Midshipmen will return to action next Saturday at Penn Stat