March 12, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Three individual event swimmers and three relay teams from the Navy men's swimming program received invitations Wednesday to compete at the upcoming NCAA Championship. The three-day meet will be held March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
"We are honored, fortunate and excited for the opportunity to compete in Austin, Texas, alongside the best collegiate swimmers in the country later this month," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts, who will be sending at least one of his swimmers or divers to the national championship for the sixth time in his 11 years on The Yard. "I could not be prouder of our midshipmen for earning this great accomplishment for themselves and our program."
Luke Hoffer (Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) is Navy's highest seed in an individual event at the championship. His posting of 1:54.31 makes him the No. 11 seed in the event. Hoffer also is eligible to compete in the 100 breaststroke, in which his qualifying time of 54.05 places him 40th out of all competitors.
Tom Duvall (So., Durham, N.H.) was invited to the championship for his clockings of 4:15.86 in the 500 freestyle and 15:00.99 in the 1650 freestyle. His 500 free time was the 14th-fastest time posted by a swimmer this season, while his 1650 free time makes him the No. 23 seed at the meet. He also will be swimming in the 200 freestyle event (1:35.32, 39th) at the championship.
Sean Murphy (Sr., Hudson, Ohio) garnered his invitation thanks to his time of 52.88 in the 100 breaststroke. That places him 15th in the event field. Murphy also will be able to compete in the 200 breaststroke event (1:55.64, 29th) in two weeks.
Navy qualified its 200 medley, 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams for the meet. Earning an automatic berth into the championship was the 400 medley relay team with its time of 3:09.84. That time ranks 25th at the meet. Navy's 200 medley (1:26.25, 25th) and 800 freestyle (6:24.71, 26th) teams received invitations with their respective provisional times.
Brendan Walsh (Jr., Annapolis, Md.), Murphy, Jonathan DeBaugh (So., Conroe, Texas) and Dain Bomberger (Jr., Lititz, Pa.) will comprise each of Navy's medley relay teams. The four Mids who will be entered into the 800 freestyle relay event has not been finalized at this time.
Combined, Navy will have nine entrants in seven events.
Each of the Mids will be making their NCAA Championship debuts this year.
The minimum of six swimmers who will be competing at the meet comprises one of the largest contingents Navy will have sent to the championship. The last time Navy sent as many as six swimmers and / or divers to the meet was in 1973 when seven Mids competed at the meet. Navy's highest total in the years since was when five Mids qualified for the 2004 championship.
2014 NCAA Championship Schedule (Navy swimmers only)
Thursday, March 27
500 Freestyle - Tom Duvall
400 Medley Relay
Friday, March 28
100 Breaststroke - Luke Hoffer, Sean Murphy
200 Freestyle - Tom Duvall
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 29
200 Breaststroke - Luke Hoffer, Sean Murphy
Years with Navy sending at least four swimmers and / or divers to NCAA Championship
(Team scoring era only, since 1937)
8 - 1946, 1961, 1965
7 - 1964, 1973
6 - 1952, 1970
5 - 1944, 1962, 1966, 1969, 2004
4 - 1960, 1967, 1968