Navy Sweeps League Swimming & Diving Awards
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. –– The Navy swimming and diving teams swept the weekly awards presented by the Patriot League on Tuesday. Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) and Ryan Waters (Fr., Basking Ridge, N.J.) were selected as the swimmers of the week while Meghan Gerdes (Fr., Spring, Texas) and Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) were named as the divers of the week.
This week’s awards period includes all meets contested over the last month due to the holiday break in the schedules for the league teams.
O’Reilly posted a pair of first-place finishes in Navy’s 223-77 victory over Army on Dec. 7. She won the 100 backstroke by three-tenths of a second with her time of 54.95 and touched the wall first by almost four seconds in winning the 200 individual medley with a clocking of 2:01.06. Both of those respective times were not only career-best efforts for her, they each were also NCAA B cut qualifying times.
O’Reilly would go on to win the 400 individual medley (4:26.77) and place second in both the 100 backstroke (57.65) and 200 breaststroke (2:20.80) events in Navy’s meet against Penn State. Those times also placed her fifth in the 400 IM, fifth in the 200 back and third in the 200 breast against North Carolina when the Mids, Nittany Lions and Tar Heels met in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Jan. 13.
Gerdes won both boards during Navy’s victory over Army, winning the one meter by 10.35 points (276.68) and the three meter (276.08) by two-tenths of a point. Her one-meter score qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship.
Gerdes posted scores of 223.80 on the one meter and 204.25 on the three meter against the Tar Heels and the Nittany Lions. Those efforts placed her third against Penn State and sixth against North Carolina on the one meter as well as second against the Nittany Lions and fifth against the Tar Heels in the three-meter event.
Waters swept the two distance events during Navy’s meets against Army –– a 209.5-90.5 victory by the Mids –– and Princeton –– a 151.5-148.5 Navy loss. He won the 500 free against the Black Knights by 2.84 seconds with his time of 4:24.49 and recorded a time of 9:03.61 to win the 1000 free by six-tenths of a second. His 500 free time was an NCAA B cut clocking.
Waters had a pair of close wins in his events against the Tigers as he won the 500 free by four-tenths of a second (4:34.27) and the 1000 free by just under one full second (9:23.52).
Buchter totaled six victories in eight events over the last month. That span started with a sweep of the two boards against the Black Knights. He scored 376.58 points to win the one meter by 29 points and tallied 437.33 points to win the three meter by over 95 points. His one-meter score broke the meet record (354.35) and his three-meter tally broke the Navy (430.10), Lejeune Hall (385.90) and meet records (381.60).
Buchter then won the two events in Navy’s narrow loss to the Tigers. He totaled 341.78 points to win the one meter by 32 points and posted a tally of 389.33 to win the three meter by just under 40 points.
Buchter ended the month by winning the one meter against North Carolina and Penn State with a score of 348.00, while placing second on the three meter against the Nittany Lions and third on the board against the Tar Heels with his effort of 330.74 points.
The Navy women’s team will conclude its dual meet season Saturday when it plays host to Yale, and the Navy men will close their dual meet campaign by playing host to Columbia on Jan. 26.