Nov. 18, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
The Navy men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed day two of the Nike Cup on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The men's team remains solidly in second place with 499 points, which is nearly 100 points ahead of third-place South Carolina. The Navy women are in fifth place with a total of 262 points, narrowly behind East Carolina, which stands in fourth place.
Host North Carolina leads both the men's and women's competitions.
Leading the Navy women on Friday was junior Kellie Darmody, who broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke and had a pair of top-eight finishes. Darmody set a new Navy record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.00 in Friday morning's preliminaries. She set the previous record time of 56.19 nearly a year ago to the day (Nov. 19, 2010) at the Nike Cup.
In the finals on Friday, Darmody posted a 56.8 to take eighth in the 100 backstroke. Earlier in the evening she took fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.42.
"Kellie had a great performance in the morning and swam well all day," said Navy women's head coach John Morrison.
Darmody also swam the first leg of 200 medley relay, which started the evening session by taking fourth place. Laura Gorinski, Toni Paruso and Cat Cortesio completed the foursome, which turned in a time of 1:45.38.
A day after taking fifth place in the 200 IM, Gorinski had another solid swim in the 400 IM on Friday evening where she took sixth by clocking a 4:22.28 - the second fastest time in Navy history.
Navy closed Friday evening's finals with by taking eighth in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Amanda Thach, Danielle Reminger, Bryn Moriarty and Gorinski finished just .07 off seventh place with a time of 7:37.26.
"We had another good day, in fact, it was probably our best second day at this event in a few years," said Navy women's head coach John Morrison
. "I was pleased with our fight today and we're in good position for tomorrow."
Both Steve Dukleth and Mac Anthony led the Navy men on Friday evening as each posted a second place finish in the finals.
Dukleth posted a 48.91 in the 100 butterfly finals, missing first place by just .07. The event turned out to be one of the best of the evening for Navy as Gage Trotter took fifth with a 49.66, Mark Meyer took seventh with a 49.78 and Robbie Parker placed eighth with a 50.29.
Anthony place third in the 500 freestyle on Thursday and followed it up with a second-place performance in the 200 free on Friday by turning in a 1:37.48, which was just under the NCAA `B' cut mark.
Anthony joined William Norton, Hugh Davison and K.C. Linn in the 800 freestyle where they posted a 6:40.01 to take third place. Their time hit the NCAA `B' cut and was more than :05 faster than fourth-place Harvard.
The Mids started the night with another strong relay performance in the 200 medley where the team of Gage Trotter, Ben Grove, Dukleth and Parker also took third with a time of 1:29.83.
Trotter also placed third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.54.
"I'm real pleased with the way we competed this morning," said Navy men's head coach Bill Roberts. "Getting 19 guys in finals really set us up for a good showing this evening - they raced well.
"Our goal here is to get a lot of races in and that's what we're doing so far. We're looking forward to one more day tomorrow."
Saturday marks the final day of competition at the Nike Cup. Preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with the finals slated for 6 p.m. at the Koury Natatorium.