Meyer Breaks Navy and League Record at NCAA Swimming Championship
March 26, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Adam Meyer (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) broke his own Navy and Patriot League record in the 200 individual medley with his effort in the event Thursday at the NCAA Championship in College Station, Texas.
Meyer, who previously competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, posted a time of 1:44.49 in the 200 IM Thursday to better his own school and league standard of 1:45.16. His clocking in the trial heats was just two-tenths of a second shy of qualifying for a spot in the consolation final in the event and placed him 21st overall.
"We were really pleased with Adam's time today," said Navy head coach Bill Roberts. "It was a good drop in time. He was swimming in an outside lane in a pretty fast heat, but he raced well. There were a couple of things that he could have done better, but each leg of the race was solid for him."
Also competing for Navy on the opening day of the three-day championship were swimmer Erik Hunter (So., Placerville, Calif.) and diver Jon Galinski (Sr., Phoenix, Md.). Hunter recorded a time of 4:24.27 in the 500 freestyle, a time that ranks fifth in school history behind his own record of 4:18.56. His effort placed him 43rd in the trial heats of the event.
"The time Erik ended up with was not what we were hoping for, but we are in no way disappointed in it," said Roberts. "This is the biggest national meet he has competed in and there is a period of adjustment to everything going on around him, especially on the first day."
Galinski competed on the one-meter springboard Thursday and placed 33rd with a score of 262.25 points.
He started off the six-dive trials session by scoring 49.40 points on his opening dive, but then struggled on his second dive, a backward two-and-one-half somersault tuck, and scored just 36.00 points on it. That was followed scores of 46.50 and 50.40, respectively, on his ensuing two efforts. Dive number five had Galinski trying an inward two-and-one-half somersault tuck and, like his backward attempt, struggled to a score of 34.10 points. He would bounce back from that to score 46.25 points on his final dive of the day.
"Jon struggled on two dives, but otherwise had a very strong first day," said Navy diving coach Joe Suriano. "You just can't miss anything with the level everyone is competing at this week. We are in good spirits and are excited about what Jon can do over the next two days."
Navy Schedule and Results at NCAA Championship
Erik Hunter -- 500 freestyle -- 4:24.27, 43rd place
Adam Meyer -- 200 individual medley -- 1:44.49, 21st place
Jon Galinski -- one-meter springboard -- 262.25, 33rd place