Navy Swimming & Diving Teams Home Friday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swimming and diving teams will be back in Lejeune Hall Friday to play host to Johns Hopkins and Towson at 4 p.m. Both Navy teams enter the meet with 2-0 records on the year, each Johns Hopkins squad suffered a loss to William & Mary in the program’s season-opening and only meet of the season thus far, while Towson’s men’s team lost to Georgetown and the school’s women’s team defeated the Hoyas in their lone respective competition to date.
The Navy teams recorded their second respective win in as many meets last week when each defeated UMBC on the road. The Mids combined to win 22 events and defeat the Retrievers 157-135 in the men’s meet and 167-128 in the women’s contest.
“We are excited to compete again this Friday,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “These early season meets have been very important to our overall development. We have learned a lot about where we are technically in the water as well as in our overall training. Both visiting programs will enter Lejeune Hall with some excellent athletes and we are expecting some very good racing this Friday afternoon.”
“We are looking forward to getting up and racing at home against very well-coached Johns Hopkins and Towson teams,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “Our goal is to continue to improve upon last week’s performance. If we do that, we should remain competitive and give our team a chance to win.”
Navy posted wins over both Johns Hopkins and Towson when the three teams met in Annapolis during the 2016 season. The Mids won the men’s meet by scores of 162-133 over Towson and 193-86 over Johns Hopkins. The women’s meet saw Navy record wins of 168-131 over the Tigers and 222-65 over the Blue Jays.
Navy’s men’s team totaled seven overall event wins against Johns Hopkins and Towson a year ago. Returning individual event winners for Navy include Zach Piedt (Jr., Fort Mill, S.C.), 50 freestyle; Vince Everman (Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.), 100 freestyle; and Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.), both diving boards. The Mids also won both relay events contested during the meet.
Towson won five events last year and Johns Hopkins won four events. Towson returns Jack Saunderson, who won both butterfly events, and Johns Hopkins brings back Kyle Otazu, the winner of the 500 freestyle event.
Navy also recorded seven event victories during last year’s women’s meet, with six different Mids winning an event. Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) was the lone Mid to win a pair of events a year ago. She is joined by additional returning event winners Elyse MacIsaac (So., Stafford, Va.), 100 breaststroke; Delaney Walz (So., Mays Landing, N.J.), 200 butterfly; and Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Sr., Farmington, Minn.), 200 backstroke.
Towson won six events against the Mids and the Blue Jays in 2016. The Tigers, who won the 200 medley relay race, return individual event winners Meghan Jones, 1000 freestyle; Jacy Icard, 100 backstroke; Maddi Mangum, 100 fly; and Emily Wilson, both diving boards. Johns Hopkins returns individual event winners Kaitlin Jones, who won the 200 breaststroke, and Anna Wisniewski, the winner of the 200 individual medley. The Blue Jays also won the 200 freestyle relay last season.