May 22, 2013
CASTAIC LAKE, Calif. -- Three members of the Navy men's swimming team competed in this past weekend's U.S.A. Swimming National Open Water Championship that was held on Castaic Lake in Castaic, Calif. Riley Mita (So., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), Alex Nickell (Fr., Loveland, Calif.) and Noah Martin (Fr., Phoenix, Ariz.) each competed in the 5K and 10K races contested at the meet.
Mita, who not only was the lone Mid of the three to have previously raced in an open water meet but also was competing in his home lake, placed 16th in the 10K race with a time of 2:01:44.275. He crossed the finish line just seven seconds behind event-winner Alex Meyer's time of 1:54:58.946. Nickell left the water after completing the race in a time of 2:12.47.468, which placed him 30th, while Martin finished two places and seven seconds in back of Nickell (2:29:35.941).
Mita also was the top finishing Mid in the 5K race. He placed 14th with a time of 57:31.86, a posting that was only nine seconds behind Andrew Gemmell's winning time of 57:22.07. Nickell's clocking of 1:03:13.58 placed him 39th in the field, with Martin emerging from the lake in 43rd place and with a time of 1:03:49.28.
"It was a great experience for these three team members," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "I was extremely proud of their efforts. They were able to gain some valuable racing experience from Friday's 10K race, which was two hours straight of effort. I felt they did a real nice job with their racing in the 5K on Sunday. The fact that Riley was able to come in with the lead pack with pretty awesome.
"We are very thankful for the opportunity from the Naval Academy to permit these three athletes the ability to once again compete in a national meet such as this one."