Nov. 3, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- One week after opening the home portion of their respective seasons with strong efforts against Virginia, the Navy swimming and diving teams will be back in Lejeune Hall Saturday when the Midshipmen play host to American, Bucknell and Lafayette. The meet between the Patriot League teams will begin at noon.
Saturday's meet will be contested in long-course meters (50-meter length pool) as opposed to the more traditional short-course meters (25 meters) or short-course yards (25 yards) meets that college teams usually compete in. This change is due to this being an Olympic year and all qualifying times for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials must be attained in a long-course meters pool. Saturday's meet will help to serve as a measuring stick in the training process toward recording qualifying times.
The Navy men's program ran its record to 4-0 on the season with a 159-139 victory over Virginia last Friday night. The Mids never trailed in the meet against a Cavaliers team that placed eighth at the 2011 NCAA Championship. In addition to winning both relay events, Navy also claimed victories in nine of the 12 individual swimming events held during the meet. Picking up multiple wins on the evening were Mac Anthony (Sr., Bethesda, Md.), Luke Hoffer (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Zach Ingold (So., Hornell, N.Y.). Anthony won the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke races, Hoffer recorded victories in the two breaststroke events and Ingold swept the two sprint freestyle events. Additionally for Navy, Mark Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) won the 200 fly, Steve Dukleth (Sr., Glen Ellyn, Ill.) won the 100 fly and Ben Bondurant (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) won the 200 individual medley.
Navy's women's team (2-2) dropped a 159-124 decision to the Cavaliers, a program that sent the maximum number of athletes to the 2011 NCAA Championship and placed 13th at the event. Kellie Darmody
(Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) placed third for the Mids in the 100 backstroke, while Laura Gorinski
(Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Colleen Randolph
(So., Annapolis, Md.) placed second and third, respectively, for Navy in both breaststroke events. The Mids did claim a pair of wins on the day and both occurred in the diving events. Jordyn Nicholl
(Jr., Acworth, Ga.) won the one-meter board and Courtney Vandament
(Sr., Coppell, Texas) won the three-meter event.
Both Navy teams posted victories over American, Bucknell and Lafayette when the four teams squared off against each other last season in Lewisburg, Pa. The two Navy squads combined to win 26 of the 32 events contested on the day and return the vast majority of athletes who recorded a win during last year's meet.
Multiple event winners who return for the Navy men's team are Anthony, who won the two backstroke events, Meyer, the winner of the two butterfly races, and Ingold, who picked up the victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
"There should be several good races within the upcoming meet," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We are looking forward to the chance to race and compete on consecutive weekends."
For the Navy women, Toni Paruso (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) swept the two butterfly races last year and Gorinski won the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley events.
"We are looking forward to testing ourselves against fellow Patriot League teams," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "American, Bucknell and Lafayette all have strong returning squads to go along with talented freshman classes. They will pose a great challenge for our team at this point of our season. Another nice change will be competing in a 50-meter course. This is the first Patriot League meet competed at the Olympic distance, which will be a unique and important twist on our meet and in our league."
Lafayette's two teams both enter Saturday's meet with 0-2 records on the season, while Bucknell's teams are both 0-1 on the year. Saturday's meet will be the first dual meet of the season for both American programs.