Oct. 25, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving programs will face their most challenging dual-meet opponent of the season when the Midshipmen compete against Virginia Friday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va. The diving events will be held at the school's Aquatic and Fitness Center starting at 12:30 p.m., with the swimming events slated to begin at 3 p.m. in the facility.
The Virginia men's team placed 15th at the 2012 NCAA Championship. The Cavaliers have won each of the last five and 13 of the last 14 Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
"For us, this week is the middle leg of a three-week run of competitions," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We are looking forward to competing against a great team this weekend in the University of Virginia."
Navy emerged with a 159-139 victory over Virginia when the teams met one year ago in Lejeune Hall. Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.), Zach Ingold (Jr., Hornell, N.Y.) and Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.) all won individual events for the Mids against the Cavaliers last season. Hoffer won both breaststroke events on the day, Ingold won the 50 free and 100 free races and Bondurant took the 200 individual medley event.
Virginia also returns athletes who totaled five individual event victories during last season's meet. Jon Daniec won the 800 free, Matt Murray won the 100 back, Brad Phillips placed first in the 400 free and J.B. Kolod won both diving boards.
Navy saw its record fall to 2-1 on the young season with a 156-144 defeat at UMBC. The meet between the pre-season favorites in the Patriot League and America East Conferences, respectively, was not decided until the final event of the day.
Five Mids won an individual event against the Retrievers with Tom Duvall (Fr., Durham, N.H.) the lone member if that quintet to claim multiple wins. He won the 500 and 1000 free events on the afternoon.
Virginia's women's team finished in 17th place at last season's national championship meet. That effort came after the Cavaliers won the school's fifth-straight ACC championship and seventh league crown over the last decade.
"Virginia is perennially one of the top programs in the country," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "They pose a tall challenge for us, but we are excited about the opportunity to compete against them. You can only improve when you race against a team such as Virginia."
The Cavaliers defeated the Mids by the score of 159-124 last year in Annapolis. The lone returning Navy athlete who won an event during last season's meet is Jordyn Nicholl (Sr., Acworth, Ga.), who won the one-meter diving event. Conversely, Virginia returns Rachel Naurath, who won the 200 and 800 freestyle races; Charlotte Clark, who won both backstroke events; Christine Olson, the winner of the two breaststroke races; Alison Haulsee, who won the 200 fly; Emily Lloyd, the winner of the 100 free; and Kelly Offutt, who placed first in the 400 free.
The Mids improved to 3-0 this season with a 164-136 victory over UMBC Friday night. Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) picked up three individual event wins in a meet for the ninth time in her career with victories in both breaststroke races and in the 200 individual medley event.
Gorinski's three wins helped Navy total nine individual event victories during the meet. She was the only Mid to record multiple wins on the day.
Both Virginia teams will be competing for the first time this fall when they play host to Navy on Friday.