Nov. 19, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Navy men's swimming and diving team placed second and the women's program placed fifth at the three-day Nike Cup Invitational that concluded Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Meet-host North Carolina won both team titles at the eight-team event, with its men's team tallying 1,334 points and its women's squad 1,494 points. Navy followed in the men's standings with 752 points, while Duke placed third with 572.5 points. On the women's side, Duke accrued 628 points to place second, South Carolina finished just nine points in back of the Blue Devils, East Carolina followed in fourth place with 388.50 points while Navy scored 365 points to place fifth.
"The guys raced well and dropped time across the board," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "I am happy with the way they performed in that regard. We wanted to place as high as a team as we could, but that was secondary to our main goal of getting in a lot of racing and improve upon what we had done to date this season. I am fairly satisfied with the overall production of the team this week."
"We had a number of very good swims and a lot of personal-best times posted throughout the team this weekend," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "That was nice to see at this time of the season. This meet is always a good measuring stick for us. In the past, we have had some good times at this meet, but a lot of the other results were a little shaky. This weekend, everything was pretty solid for us. We are heading in the right direction, but there are still a lot of things we need to clean up in order to become the championship-level team that we want to be this spring."
The Navy men's team placed a pair of swimmers -- Conor Campbell (So., Manassas, Va.) and Joseph Stark (Jr., Erie, Pa.) -- into to the `A' final of the 200 backstroke. Campbell's time of 1:49.23 placed him fourth in the championship final, while Stark recorded a seventh-place finish with his time of 1:51.79. The ensuing two events saw Zach Ingold (So., Hornell, N.Y.) place fifth in the championship final of the 100 free (45.23) and Luke Hoffer (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) finish in third place in the top final of the 200 breaststroke (2:00.96).
Friday saw four Mids qualify for the championship final of the 100 butterfly event. On Saturday, three Navy swimmers lined up on the starting blocks for the `A' final of the 200 fly. Mark Meyer
(Sr., Bethesda, Md.) placed third overall in the 200 fly with his NCAA `B' cut qualifying time of 1:46.66. He was followed by teammates Ben Bondurant
(Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) in fourth place (1:48.10) and Steve Dukleth
(Sr., Glen Ellyn, Ill.) in sixth place (1:49.72).
The final event of the night saw Navy place second on the 400 freestyle relay. Hugh Davison (So., Towson, Md.), Ingold, K.C. Linn (Sr., Newhall, Calif.) and Mac Anthony (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) posted an NCAA `B' cut qualifying time of 3:00.03 that left them 2.5 seconds in back of the first-place North Carolina foursome.
Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Kellie Darmody (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) capped off strong meets on Saturday for the Navy women's team. Competing in her third championship final of the three-day event, Gorinski placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA `B' cut qualifying time of 2:13.82. She previously placed fifth in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 400 individual medley. Meanwhile, Darmody left the Nike Cup having attained her second Navy record of the weekend. One day after breaking her own school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.00, she set a new school standard in the 200 backstroke with her clocking of 1:59.46. That bettered the previous mark of 2:00.46 set by Jennie Spencer nearly three years ago. Darmody would place fifth in the championship final of the event on Saturday.
The Mids placed a pair of swimmers in the top final of the 200 butterfly event. Rheanna Vaughn (So., Aliso Viejo, Calif.) was Navy's top finisher in the race as her time of 2:03.58 placed her seventh, one spot ahead of teammate Toni Paruso (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) (2:06.11). The women's meet concluded with Navy placing sixth in the 400 freestyle relay. Darmody, Gorinski, Amanda Thach (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) and Hollis Capuano (Jr., Wallingford, Conn.) posted a time of 3:29.10 in the race.
Both Navy teams will next be in competition December 8 when the Mids race at Army.