Swimming & Diving Teams Split at UMBC
Oct. 19, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Navy and UMBC swimming and diving teams squared off in a pair of meets that went down to the wire Friday evening at the UMBC Aquatics Complex in Baltimore. The Navy women's team posted a 164-136 victory over its counterparts, while the UMBC men's team won the final four events of the meet to edge the Mids, 156-144.
All four teams were tabbed as the favorite to win their respective league title this season.
The Navy women's team (3-0) tallied victories in five of the first seven events of the meet to jump out to a 76-55 advantage. After the Retrievers (1-2) won the opening 200 medley relay race by eight hundredths of a second, Navy's Ange Sawick (So., Abington, Pa.) posted a time of 10:29.00 to win the 1000 freestyle event by six seconds. Danielle Reminger (Sr., Wheaton, Ill.) followed by winning the 200 free by less than one-half of a second with her clocking of 1:56.17, then Kellie Darmody (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) won the 100 backstroke by almost three-quarters of a second with her time of 58.00. Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) would close out the run of four-consecutive Navy wins with her 1.2-second margin of victory in the 100 breaststroke thanks to her time of 1:05.78.
UMBC's Jennifer Kotanias would win the 200 fly (2:04.76), but Emily Brown (Fr., Gainesville, Fla.) answered right back for the Mids with her one-tenth of a second win in the 50 free (24.71).
The Retrievers won the ensuing two events -- Coco Darelius won the one-meter springboard event by 14 points with her score of 234.90 before Erika Ronning edged Brown by just over four-tenths of a second with her winning time of 53.72 in the 100 free -- but the Mids responded by going on a two-event winning streak of their own. The front end of the back-to-back wins by Navy was a big one as Zoe Macfarlane (Fr., Pensacola, Fla.), Darmody and Lauren Baguley (Jr., Hudsonville, Mich.) went 1-2-3, respectively, in the 200 backstroke (Macfarlane won the race in a time of 2:05.06), with Gorinski (2:22.23) placing first and teammate Ellen Bradford (Fr., Knoxville, Tenn.) second in the 200 breaststroke in the latter of the two events,
Amy Fry (5:06.16) won the 500 free by four-tenths of a second over Navy's Rachael Dudley (Fr., Hoschton, Ga.), then Toni Paruso (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) won the 100 fly by six-tenths of a second with her time of 57.95. Darelius led a one-two finish for the Retrievers on the three-meter board before Gorinski tallied her third win of the meet by taking the 200 individual medley by one-half of a second with her time of 2:07.61. More importantly, Gorinski's win in the event along with a third-pace showing by Bradford and a fifth-place finish by Colleen Randolph (Jr., Annapolis, Md.) gave Navy an insurmountable advantage of 158-125.
UMBC would win the 400 freestyle relay by 12-hundredths of a second to close out the meet.
"We needed our depth to come through for us tonight and it did," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "We had a few very strong events when we had the opportunity to build some points, and we won some close races.
"I feel we are moving in the right direction in terms of our times. The team is feeling that, too. If we can stay healthy and remain on the development path we currently are on, we can have a strong season."
While the Navy women's team led from the third event through the end of the meet, the men's meet featured the lead changing hands four times.
The Retrievers (2-0) began the meet by winning the 200 medley relay race by 1.7 seconds, then Navy's (2-1) Thomas Duvall (Fr., Durham, N.H.) won the first individual event of the evening, the 500 freestyle. His time of 9:33.52 gave him the victory by nearly three seconds and allowed Navy to take a 19-17 lead.
UMBC answered by winning the next three events. Mohamed Hussein started the run for the Retrievers by winning the 200 freestyle (1:41.60) by 2.6 seconds, Lauri Kaeo won the 100 back (52.32) by one-half of a second, and Leo Endres took the 100 breaststroke (59.34) by less than one-quarter of a second. Those results gave the Retrievers a 50-43 advantage.
It took all of one race for Navy to regain the lead. Jonathan DeBaugh (Fr., Conroe, Texas) and Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.) placed first (1:51.71) and second (1:51.95), respectively, in the 200 fly which, coupled with Billy Draves (So., Gilbertsville, Pa.) finishing in fifth place in the event, gave the Mids a 57-55 lead. The Navy margin was expanded out to 71-60 when Robbie Parker (Sr., Vienna, Va.) won the 50 free (21.52) and teammate Dan Bowden (So., Charlotte, N.C.) finished in second place in the race (21.84).
The lead dwindled down to 76-74 as UMBC's Pak Lam Wong won and Andrew Eckhoff placed second on the one-meter board, but grew back out to 89-80 when Navy's Zach Ingold (Jr., Hornell, N.Y.) won the 100 free by a little more than four-tenths of a second with his time of 47.10. Second and third-place showings by the Mids in the 200 backstroke -- UMBC's Johan Rohtla won the race by 1.66 seconds with his time of 1:52.31 -- was followed by Navy's Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Duvall winning the 200 breaststroke and 500 free, respectively. Hoffer posted a time of 2:07.12 to win the former by 4.8 seconds, with Duvall recording a time of 4:39.11 to top teammate Alex Nickell (Fr., Loveland, Colo.) by almost one-half of a second.
Those results gave Navy a 123-103 advantage heading into the 13th event of the meet, the 100 fly. Hussein touched the wall first in the race with a time of 51.11 (Parker was second with a 52.15), then the Retrievers claimed the top-three spots on the three-meter springboard to climb to within two points of the Mids at 133-131. UMBC would close the individual event portion of the dual when Hussein won the 200 individual medley (1:52.81) by one-half of a second over Bondurant.
That meant UMBC held a 143-140 lead heading into the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. With 11 points being awarded to the team placing first in the race, the winner of the event would win the overall meet.
The UMBC advantage was three-tenths of a second after the opening 100 yards, then was 1.5 seconds at the midpoint of the race. The Retrievers would only expand their lead until winning the race in a time of 3:06.52 to better Navy's time of 3:09.29.
"We didn't swim or dive well enough to win tonight's meet," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "Give credit to UMBC. They deserved to win."
Both Navy teams will be back in action October 26 when the Mids compete at Virginia.