Men’s Swimming Opens 2018 with Home Meet vs. Princeton
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s swimming and diving team will resume its season Saturday when the Mids (8-0) play host to Princeton (6-2) in Lejeune Hall. Live results from the 2 p.m. meet can be accessed at NavySports.com.
Navy closed its 2017 calendar with a dominating 209.5-90.5 victory over Army West Point on December 7 in Annapolis. That victory was the 27th in a row by the Mids in the series.
Princeton was last in competition on December 9 when it defeated Columbia. The lone two losses for the Tigers this season have come to Louisville and Virginia. The Cardinals are ranked 14th nationally in the latest (Dec. 6) TYR / CSCAA Division I Poll and the Cavaliers are ranked 21st.
“We are expecting nothing less than a very competitive meet with Princeton,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “They have been performing very well all season and we anticipate their having the same effort on Saturday.
“We have been training well since our last competition and look to begin 2018 with a strong showing this weekend.”
Navy and Princeton last met in an official meet during the 2014-15 season. The Tigers posted a 171-129 victory over the Mids that day in the meet held at Princeton. The teams met in exhibition meets the next two years and last year’s meet between the teams was canceled.
The last three meets contested in Annapolis have been closes ones with the Tigers narrowly defeating the Mids twice –– 155.5-144.5 (2008-09) and 152.5-147.5 (2011-12) –– and Navy edging Princeton once ––157-143 (2013-14). Additionally over the last few years, the Mids recorded a 167-133 victory over the Tigers on the road during the 2010-11 campaign and Princeton defeated Navy in its home pool during the 2012-13 season.
Admission is free to Saturday’s meet. Parking on The Yard is limited to those vehicles driven by someone with a Department of Defense identification card. All others must park outside of the USNA and walk through the gate one visitors center. A government issued ID card (driver’s license) must be displayed by everyone age 18 and over before they will be allowed through the gates. Those age 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. There will not be a fan shuttle bus for Saturday’s meet.