Nationally-Ranked Tar Heels Sweep Mids in Swimming & Diving
Jan. 11, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's nationally ranked swimming and diving teams posted a pair of victories over Navy's two squads Saturday afternoon at Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina's men's team, which is now 4-2 on the year and ranked 11th nationally, recorded a 177-118 victory over Navy (5-3), while in the women's meet the Tar Heels, the ninth-ranked team in the country, improved to 7-1 on the season with their 194-97 win over the Mids (4-3).
The lone Navy swimmer to post a pair of wins on the day was Thomas Duvall (So., Durham, N.C.), who picked up victories in the 500 and 1000 freestyle events. He posted a time of 9:20.08 to win the 1000 free by well over three seconds, then touched the wall first in the 500 free with a time of 4:28.93. That clocking gave him a 3.6-second margin of victory. Sean Murphy (Sr., Hudson, Ohio) also won the 100 breaststroke for Navy as his time of 54.80 gave him the victory by three-quarters of a second. Luke Hoffer, a senior who hails from Chapel Hill, won the 200 breaststroke for the Mids by eight-tenths of a second with his time of 1:59.95.
"We wanted to be more competitive today in terms of our racing," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We will have to look at the results and see where we can improve heading into our next round of meets."
Diver Julie Jesse (So., Edwardsburg, Mich.) was the top-placing Mid in an event during the women's meet. She would place second by just under 40 points on the three-meter board with a score of 240.75, while teammate Emily Saitta (So., Springfield, Va.) placed third in the same event with a score of 211.88 points.
Both Navy teams will next take to the pool for a meet on Jan. 25 when the Mids play host to Penn State.