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Navy Cruises Past Columbia on Senior Day, 176-119

Feb. 8, 2008

Results

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy's Alex Oldenkamp (Jr./Coppell, Texas) won two individual events and assisted on a first-place relay as the Midshipmen produced a 176-119 Senior Day victory over Columbia on Friday afternoon in men's swimming & diving action at Lejeune Hall.

Navy won 10 of the first-12 events to establish a 161-65 cushion and improve its record to 15-1 overall and 6-1 in EISL action. The Midshipmen are guaranteed to end the year in at least third place in the league standings, their highest finish since they came in third during the 1997-98 season. The Mids also recorded their first victory over the Lions since the 2001-02 season, snapping a streak of five-straight setbacks.

"The first relay was the key for the entire meet today. We knew that a lot was riding on that event," stated Navy head coach Bill Roberts. "I'm satisfied with our performance against a very good Columbia team that we know will be one of the teams to beat at the end of the season."

Oldenkamp teamed up with Andrew Hentzer (So./Riverside, Calif.), Kevin Kysiak (Sr./Western Springs, Ill.) and Adam Meyer (So./Bethesda, Md.) to win the meet-opening 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:44.46, 0.29-second ahead of Columbia's fastest showing. Oldenkamp came back to pace the field in the 50-meter freestyle with a 23.41-second clocking and finished his afternoon with a first-place time of 51.75 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, showcasing a 1-2-3 performance in the event by the Mids.

In addition to the 200-meter medley relay, Hentzer won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 57.81 seconds and placed second in the 100-meter butterfly with a 56.76-second showing. Meyer produced a first-place time in the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:21.35 clocking.

 

 

Navy's corps of divers came through with a pair of 1-2-3 efforts on Friday afternoon. Adam Niekras (Sr./Liverpool, N.Y.) won on the one-meter board with a score of 297.53 points and placed second at three meters with a 331.13-point total. Jon Galinski (Jr./Phoenix, Md.) topped all divers on the three-meter springboard with a 334.95-point showing and finished with 288.75 points at one meter to place third. Olaf Olson (Fr./Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored 297.45 points on the one-meter board for second place and came in third at three meters with his 329.10-point performance.

Three other Midshipmen came away with event victories in the pool. Christopher Jenkins (Sr./Chicago, Ill.) delivered a time of 1:53.03 in the 200-meter freestyle, followed by Ari Molina's (Jr./Arlington, Va.) first-place time of 1:05.60 in the 100-meter breaststroke and Danny Mizelle's (Sr./Rockville, Va.) 2:06.04 clocking to best the field in the 200-meter backstroke.

Prior to the conclusion of the meet, Navy's senior class was recognized for their four-year contributions to the swimming & diving program. Taking part in their final regular season home meet were Jenkins, Kysiak, Mizelle, Niekras, Christian Nielsen (Sr./Port Charlotte, Fla.), Zach Templin (Sr./Holt, Mich.) and team captain Mike Lowhorn (Sr./St. Louis, Mo.).

The Midshipmen will wrap up their regular season tomorrow when they head to Princeton for an EISL dual meet, starting at 1 p.m. A victory for the Mids would clinch at least a second-place finish in the EISL, marking their highest finish in the league since placing second in 1985-86.

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