Navy Sweeps Army in Swimming and Diving
Dec. 6, 2012
PHILADLEPHIA, Pa. - The Navy swimming and diving teams combined to win 23 events and extend their respective winning streaks over Army Thursday night at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The Navy women posted a 207-93 victory over the Black Knights, while the Navy men recorded a 196-104 win its counterparts from Army.
The Navy women have now won 24-consecutive meets in the series to extend the longest winning streak in Army-Navy history in any sport. The Navy men's team has now defeated the Black Knights in each of the last 22 years, which ties them for the second-longest streak with the Navy men's tennis team.
"There is no doubt we had a lot of adversity with our training due to Lejeune Hall being down all semester," said Navy women's head coach John Morrison. "We really didn't know what to expect out of our team tonight. But they trained hard and they trained consistently, and that came through tonight."
"I think, for what the team has been through this semester with the Lejeune renovations, this was a well-deserved night," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "They worked hard to get to this point. I couldn't be prouder for how they performed. They showed a lot of grit and determination, and I think that speaks so much to the character of this team."
Both Navy teams entered the swimming portion of the meet trailing Army. The Black Knights held a 28-10 lead over the Mids in the men's meet after the conclusion of the diving events that were contested at Rutgers. However, the Navy women were down by just two points -- 20-18 -- after Julie Jesse and Emily Saitta placed first and second, respectively, on the one-meter board.
The Navy teams would win the first six events of the swimming meet to quickly take the lead and build an advantage. In the women's meet, Navy posted a time of 1:42.82 to win the 200 medley relay by two seconds, then Ange Sawick recorded a time of 10:03.43 to win the 1000 freestyle by nearly four seconds. Closing out the run for the Navy women was Danielle Reminger, who edged teammate Maddi Thompson for the win in the 200 free by nearly one-half of a second.
On the men's side, Navy won the 200 medley relay by over one and one-half seconds with its time of 1:29.32, Thomas Duvall won the 1000 free by two seconds over teammate Riley Mita (and two other Mids in third and fourth places) with a time of 9:19.59, then Hugh Davison won the 200 free by six-tenths of a second with a time of 1:37.82.
"We had this meet scored with us winning by the score of 160-140," said Roberts. "They relay was going to be big to see how the guys were ready to perform. Then to have them finish first, second, third and fourth in the 1000 free followed by Hugh in the 200 free really set the tone for the night."
After Army's Natalie Beale (56.27) won the 100 back by less than four-tenths of a second over Navy's Kellie Darmody, Brendan Walsh led a 1-2-3 finish by the Mids in the men's 100 back with a time of 49.27 to start another winning streak by Navy. Laura Gorinski (1:01.94) and Sean Murphy (55.33) followed with wins in the 100 breaststroke races, then Rheanna Vaughn (1:58.83) and Ben Bondurant (1:47.02) won the 200 fly events for the Mids. Bondurant's win was especially dramatic as he chased down Ayman Andrews who had nearly a one-second lead after 50 yards.
Army would pick up wins in both 50 freestyle races before Thompson and Zach Ingold swept the 100 freestyle events for the Mids. Thompson's time of 51.30 allowed her to finish almost one-second ahead of teammate Emily Brown, while Ingold's clocking of 44.76 gave him a one-half of a second victory.
"The turning points for us were first, hearing how well our divers performed, and then Danielle winning the 200 free with Maddi finishing second," said Morrison. "And then to have Maddi come back to win the 100 free was huge. That was very unexpected."
Beale picked up her second win of the night with her time of 2:01.55 in the 200 backstroke, then Walsh won the men's 200 back with a time of 1:48.78 that gave him a nearly one-half of a second victory. Gorinski (2:14.12) would win the 200 breast by over three seconds, Hoffer (1:59.23) would win the 200 breast by over two seconds, Sawick (4:53.31) won the women's 500 free by four seconds and Thomas Duvall (4:30.37) won the men's 500 free by eight-tenths of a second over teammate Mita.
The final individual events of the night saw Toni Paruso (54.22) win the women's 100 fly for Navy, Andrews (48.40) edge Bondurant (49.06) in the men's 100, Gorinski (2:02.58) win the women's 200 individual medley by 1.5 seconds and Bondurant (1:51.04) win the men's 200 IM.
Navy would win the women's 400 freestyle relay by four-tenths of a second, while Army won the men's 400 free relay by almost two seconds.