Navy Opens Swimming & Diving Seasons with Victories
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swimming and diving teams combined to win 26 events and place first, second and third in seven events to defeat East Carolina Friday evening at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis in the season opener for the programs. The Mids won the women’s meet by the score of 182.5-117.5 and took the men’s dual by the count of 193.5-98.5.
The Navy men’s team won all but one of the 16 events contested on the day (100 fly). Four Mids each won a pair of events during the meet. The first Mid to attain two victories was Joseph Jaime (Sr., San Antonio, Texas), who took first place in both the 200 free (1:41.67) and 100 free events (45.88). Ryan Waters (Fr., Basking Ridge, N.J.) soon followed as he placed first in both the 1000 free (9:28.32) and 500 free races (4:37.20). Diver Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) swept the two boards, winning the one meter with a score of 334.80 and the three meter with a tally of 363.53. Closing out the foursome of Mids with multiple victories was Brayden Lauffer (Jr., Apex, N.C.), who touched the wall first in the 200 breast (2:02.75) and 200 IM events (1:52.57).
Additional Mids to win an event were James Wilson (So., Ephrata, Pa.), who won the 100 back (51.17); Dean Nguyen (Fr., Seattle, Wash.), the winner of the 100 breast (56.70); Nick Pfanstiel (Jr., Fishers, Ind.), who won the 200 fly (1:52.45); Connor Davis (Sr., Shelton, Conn.), who won the 50 free (20.91); and Billy Cadigan (Fr., Lutherville, Md.), the winner of the 200 back (1:50.67).
Navy also swept the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay events.
Also, both Buchter and Nate Belch (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) posted scores that already qualify them for the 2018 NCAA Zone A Diving Championship.
“Today was a solid opening for both programs,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “I am satisfied with our performance, especially with our normal pre-meet routine being thrown off this afternoon. Overall, we have a lot of takeaways from the day and will look to make things better next week.”
“I was really happy with the overall performance of our divers today,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. “This is very early in the year to be trying to compete. We did a lot of good things that we will build upon throughout the season. It was great to see our new freshmen compete for the first time. It is going to be exciting to watch them grow.”
Seven members of the Navy women’s team claimed at least one individual event victory this evening. Lauren Barber (Jr., Wilmington, Pa.) won both the 100 breast (1:03.34) and 200 breast races (2:17.94) for the Mids, with Delaney Walz (So., Mays Landing, N.J.) winning the 200 fly (2:02.22) and 100 fly (56.74) events.
Starting off Navy’s individual event wins was Jenny Smith (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) with her victory in the 1000 free (10:29.23). Casey Lawson (Jr., Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) followed with a win in the 200 free (1:52.97), then Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) touched first in the 100 back (57.41).
Barber’s win in the shorter breaststroke event followed, with Walz next earning the victory in the 200 fly. The second half of the meet began with Ali Kozlina (Fr., Cranberry Township, Pa.) picking up the win in the 100 free (52.24). Her classmate Ashley Boddiford (Fr., Oviedo, Fla.) won the ensuing race, the 200 back (2:03.24), with Barber’s longer breaststroke win following. Closing out the run of individual event wins for the Mids was Walz with her victory in the 100 fly.
Navy’s women’s team also won both relay events during the meet.
“We are very pleased with our first dual meet of the season,” said Navy head women’s coach John Morrison. “We were able to beat a tough ECU team that had several very good swims. We were able to keep up with them and finish the races pretty well. We’re pleased. We have been training pretty well and asked for energy and commitment to each other and they did that. They swam really well and compete hard on the boards. It was a good first win of the season. It was great to see some freshmen earn victories in their first meet of the year. We expect several other freshmen to do the same thing soon. We were real pleased with our depth.
“The good news is we swam well, but we have a whole lot to improve upon and we are looking forward to the next week and fine tuning some things that we missed out on this week. But overall real pleased with the energy they brought, the racing and the competition they brought to every event. It was a great first win against a very good ECU team.”
Both Navy teams will compete at UMBC on Oct. 13.