March 1, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Victories by Alex Nickell (So., Loveland, Colo.), Marlin Brutkiewicz (Fr., Mobile, Ala.) and the men's 800 freestyle relay team highlighted the efforts of the Navy swimming and diving program Saturday at the ECAC Championship being contested at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis.
In the team standings, the Navy men's team has amassed 401 points and enters Sunday's final day of the championship with a 73-point lead over second-place Binghamton, while the Navy women's team's score of 334 points stands second to the 377 tallied by Pittsburgh.
"I am really proud of our team," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "We responded well to the challenges of this meet on the first day and put ourselves in a great position toward the top of the leaderboard. We then came out and had a good session this morning and backed it up with a strong performance tonight."
Nickell posted a time of 1:38.49 to edge teammate Nathan Stinson (So., Nashville, Tenn.) for the victory in the championship final of the 200 freestyle. Stinson recorded a time of 1:39.96 to better the third-place clocking of 1:40.00 tallied by Rider's William Molly.
Brutkiewicz followed the performances of Nickell and Stinson by winning the very next event, the 100 breaststroke. He touched the wall in a winning time of 55.39 to narrowly defeat Binghamton's Ruan Zorman's time of 55.81.
Navy also advanced three members of its men's team into the championship final of the 100 backstroke. Binghamton's Eric Farm won the event in a time of 49.14, with Navy's trio of Andrew Golankiewicz (Sr., Union Beach, N.J.) placing fourth (50.25), Ethan King (Fr., Collierville, Tenn.) finishing in fifth place (50.26) and Dennis Rusiewski (Fr., Rochester, Mich.) placing eighth (50.84).
Additionally for the Navy men, Ryan Bailey
(Fr., Boardman, Ohio) placed fourth in the 100 fly (49.17) and Mike Peribonio
(Sr., Suwanee, Ga.) finished in eighth place in the 400 individual medley (4:04.71). UMBC's Mohamed Hussein posted a time of 47.79 to win the 100 fly, while Columbia's James Delgado won the 400 IM in a time of 3:53.30.
For the Navy women's team, Hanna Gillcrist (Fr., Burlington, Ky.) advanced to a pair of championship finals on the night. She first placed seventh in the 100 fly (55.71) that was won by Lisa Boyce of Princeton (51.97) before finishing third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.06). Binghamton's Corinne Zotter won the latter event (1:02.62), with Princeton's Olivia Chan finishing just four-hundredths of a second (1:03.02) in front of Gillcrist.
Both Alyssa Dilldine (Fr., Prairierville, La.) and Lauren Baguley (Sr., Hudsonville, Mich.) would place sixth for the Mids in a championship final Saturday. Dilldine posted a time of 1:52.47 in finishing sixth in the 200 free (won by New Hampshire's Jenni Roberts, 1:48.50), while Baguley touched the wall in a time of 55.74 to place sixth in the 100 backstroke (won by Boyce, 55.74).
The top placing Mid in the women's 400 individual medley was Amy Davis (Fr., Dallas, Texas), who finished in fourth place in the consolation final (12th overall) in a time of 4:31.95.
In the lone diving final contested on the night, Navy's Julie Jesse (So., Edwardsburg, Mich.) scored 242.00 points to place fifth on the three-meter board. Pittsburgh's Sam Winkelman won the event by accruing 268.90 points.
A pair of relay events also were contested Saturday. In the women's races, Navy began the session by placing fourth in the 200 medley relay. The Mids posted an overall time of 1:45.82 to finish five seconds in back of event-winner Princeton (1:40.23). The Navy women then closed their portion of the meet by finishing in third place in the 800 free relay. Columbia won the race in a time of 7:30.32, Marist finished in second place with a clocking of 7:32.91, and the Mids took the bronze medal with their posting of 7:34.50.
Navy's men's team opened up Saturday's session by placing second in the 200 medley relay. Binghamton's foursome won the final in a time of 1:31.01, with Navy finishing in a time of 1:31.64. The Mids would then record a time of 6:42.26 to win the 800 freestyle relay by eight-tenths of a second over Rider (6:43.01). Shane Condon (Fr., Mechanicsville, Va.), Eric Collins (Fr., North Augusta, S.C.), Kevin Stoddard (Jr., Highland Ranch, Colo.) and Stinson comprised the winning team for the Mids.
1. 377 - Pittsburgh
2. 334 - Navy
3. 292 - Marist
4. 285 - Columbia
5. 266 - Bucknell
6. 181 - Princeton
7. 176 - New Hampshire
8. 103 - St. Francis
9. 98 - LIU Post
10. 66 - Villanova
1. 401 - Navy
2. 328 - Binghamton
3. 298 - Columbia
4. 283 - Marist
5. 253 - Pittsburgh
6. 240 - Bucknell
7. 132 - Maine
8. 127 - Rider
9. 96 - Saint Peter's
10. 79 - UMBC