Columbia Tops Navy in Men's Swimming & Diving
Feb. 1, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Columbia won 10 events to post a 178-122 win over the Navy men's swimming and diving team Friday afternoon at Uris Pool in New York, N.Y. The Lions improved to 7-2 on the season with the win, while the Mids fell to 5-6 on the year with the loss.
"Columbia deserves credit for the great meet they put on today," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "They were the better team today."
Sean Murphy (Jr., Hudson, Ohio) highlighted Navy's day by winning both breaststroke events. He posted a time of 56.01 to win the 100 breast by nearly one second before winning the 200 breast with a time of 2:03.20.
"Sean really stood out on the team with his performances today," said Roberts.
The longest race of the day, the 1000 freestyle, was decided by the slimmest of margins. Navy's Tom Duvall (Fr., Durham, N.H.) posted a time of 9:26.54 to edge Columbia's Alex Nicholl's time of 9:26.59. After narrowly winning the 1000 free, Duvall placed second in the 500 free in another very close race. Dominik Koll's time of 4:33.26 was just fast enough to better Duvall's clocking of 4:33.62.
"I was very happy to see Tom have the close races he had today," said Roberts. "He had to come from behind to win the 1000 free and trailed the entire time in the 500 free before almost winning. He was able to finish today's races better than he had been earlier in the season."
Navy's additional individual event wins were recorded by Ben Fry (Fr., Foxfield, Colo.) in the 100 fly and Ben Freedman (Jr., Kennewick, Wash.) on the one-meter springboard. Fry posted a time of 50.94 to win his race by two-tenths of a second while Freedman accrued 315.60 points to defeat Columbia's Micah Rembrandt by 2.55 points. Earlier in the meet, Rembrandt edged Freedman by 1.2 points on the three-meter board.
The Mids also won the meet-closing 400 freestyle relay race.
Navy will close out its regular season Wednesday when the Mids play host to Johns Hopkins in a 6 p.m. meet in Lejeune Hall.
"We need to continue the path we are on," said Roberts. "The guys have worked hard this year. We are looking forward to the next couple of weeks to see what we are capable of. We know what we have done this year, we know what we have been through and we know we want to be at our best come championship time."